Ted Ginn Jr.
The Carolina Panthers cut the face of the franchise, Steve Smith, and let the only other three wide receivers on the roster that caught a pass last season leave as free agents. Tight end Greg Olsen is the only proven receiver returning from last season’s squad. Olsen should be Cam Newton’s favorite target this season.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
Ted Ginn Jr. could only watch the NFC championship with a bum knee, seeing Mario Manningham catch a key touchdown pass for the New York Giants and his replacement punt returner for San Francisco botch two returns that ultimately led to the 49ers’ loss.