The Darkhorse for the Panthers #2 Receiver Spot...Charly Martin

Since coming to Carolina after final roster cuts last season, WR Charly Martin has developed a strong friendship with quarterback Matt Moore.  This may prove to help the two develop chemistry on the field.

As a 26-year-old with two years of NFL experience under his belt, Martin is suddenly a veteran in the WR meeting room.  We know how Fox likes to give his veterans the first look in any competition.

During the 2009 season, Martin played in seven games, and caught one ball for 6 yards against the Bucs.  He also recorded six special teams tackles.

Martin is 6-1 and 217lbs.  He is physical enough to cover kicks on special teams.  He looks to have the quickness and strength to get off the line against the press.  Based on his size and skill set, Martin would be an ideal player to take over for Mushin Muhammad opposite Steve Smith.  He has not played enough snaps at WR to evaluate his run blocking...a skill vitally important for any WR who eyes playing-time in Carolina....more after the jump...

At West Texas A&M, Martin put up silly numbers.  For his career, he recorded 244 catches, for 4,108 yards and 44 touchdowns.  During his senior campaign, he caught 95 balls for 1,867 yards and 22 touchdowns.  He was a two-time Little All-America selection--in both his junior and senior seasons.

There is very little video to be found, but here a couple:

Returning a punt during a 2009 Chargers training camp practice:

A 10-minute interview from last August:

From the one video where he is shown returning a punt, he looks to have some burst.  The Panthers have never really had your prototypical WR...your 6-1, 215lb guy who can make catches in front of or behind the defense.  Martin could be that guy, given the opportunity.  With a second-round and two third-round WRs looking for playing time, Martin may find that opportunity hard to come by.

It will be most interesting to see how the WR position shakes out during camp.  Will there be a clear cut #2 guy? Will there be three or four guys combining for the #2 and #3 WR's production?  Either way, Martin may be an important part of the passing game in 2010.

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