The quest to find the greatest Panther of all time has begun! We finished with a 20 entry bracket with our top four seeds all getting byes. Honestly, the gap was so wide between the top four and the field that Jake Delhomme, Sam Mills, Steve Smith and John Kasay will all get byes for the first two rounds as we see if someone can unseat them.
Today we're looking at a 7 year Panther in TE Wesley Walls (#5) , and a 5 year Panther in DB Eric Davis (#20). After the jump we'll look at their exploits in the black and electric blue as well as have the poll to determine who moves on. Use the comment section to discuss these two players and debate their merits. This is a pretty good one off the bat.
Wesley Walls, TE
Statistics as a Panther: 98 games, 324 receptions, 3,902 receiving yards, 44 TD
5 time Pro Bowler while in Carolina, 4 time All Pro while in Carolina
- Without a doubt Walls is the best TE in Carolina Panthers history. His 1999 season alone ranks among the greatest single seasons by a tight end in NFL history. This year Walls finished with 822 yards and 12 TDs as he and veteran QB Steve Beuerlein former a deadly tandem for the Panthers. To this day its become customary on CSR to call a good play by a TE as being the 'ghost of Wesley Walls' and that alone gives credence to his impact.
Eric Davis, CB
Statistics as a Panther: 78 games, 25 INT, 2 TD
Pro Bowler in Carolina , 2 Time All-Pro while in Carolina
- Sadly, much of the time Davis played for the Panthers the NFL did not track tackle statistics for DBs, or PDef stats, but rest assured Eric Davis' numbers were gaudy. In 5 seasons as a Carolina Panther he amassed 25 INTs, recording 5 a season for each of his years in Charlotte. To put this in perspective, Chris Gamble has now played 7 seasons for the Panthers and has yet to eclipse Davis' INT total as he sits currently with 24.