This morning the Carolina Panthers confirmed that Kealoha Pilares will need to be placed on injured reserve, following a shoulder injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins. This freed up the roster spot necessary for the organization to make another move, as they activated David Gettis from the PUP list.
The move, confirmed by Brandon Beane this morning, creates an interesting situation for the Panthers at their kick returning spot. Pilares' injury will likely mean Armanti Edwards will be asked to be the primary kick returner, that is, unless rookie Joe Adams has removed himself from Ron Rivera's dog house. It's presumed that Captain Munnerlyn will retain a job as punt returner-- a duty he has been hit-or-miss at, but played well against Washington.
Depending on Gettis' recovery, and how close he is to truly being 100 percent, this will be the first time Panthers fans have been able to see the third-year receiver perform with Cam Newton. Gettis showed a lot of promise during his rookie season a primarily a deep threat, which is exactly what the Panthers have been missing in a third receiver. Louis Murphy has been underwhelming, and Armanti Edwards is still developing as a receiver. With the Panthers running a season high 47.2% of snaps with three receivers last week, it will be fascinating to see how a Smith/LaFell/Gettis trio would operate with Newton under center, though given how Ron Rivera prefers not to rock he boat, it's likely we'll continue to see Murphy get many of the reps as third receiver.