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Panthers claim CB/KR off waivers

According to Darin Gantt’s twitter feed, the Panthers have made an effort to shore up their return game by signing CB/KR Brian Witherspoon, who was placed on waivers by the Lions.

Gantt also reports that Witherspoon had good return stats for Jacksonville in 2008, averaging 24 yards per kick return and 11.3 yards per punt return, so he is an immediate upgrade to the Panthers return unit that was a major weakness last season.

I guess this means the Panthers will go after a possession-type receiver or a defensive lineman with their first pick in the draft (#48 overall), instead of trying to find a guy to play receiver and return kicks. (Unfortunately this almost guarantees that they won’t be looking at Mardy Gilyard, which slightly bums me out – but I could be wrong. It’s not like I haven’t been wrong before.)

I like what the Panthers are doing this offseason. While it is slightly frustrating to see several good players go to other teams for peanuts (Anquan Boldin, Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn, Jr.), I think the Panthers are making smart decisions by signing guys to play special teams, which prevents them from having to find people to fill holes out of desperation with the other 31 teams after the draft.

Now, Hurney and Fox can focus on the draft and pick the player they’ve probably been targeting all along at #48. I’m not a gambling man, but I’d almost be willing to bet that the player they’ve been looking at drafting is someone that none of us would have expected, but will be someone who Fox believes will give us the best chance to be a competitive squad on the field. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Panthers take a defensive lineman with their first pick, and then worry about drafting a receiver in the 3rd round or later.

And like I’ve said before, I’m pretty much okay with anyone that is drafted as long as it’s not that kid who played quarterback at Florida.

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