We've seen as these SBN position rankings get released the Panthers have been all over the board. Some rankings I have agreed with and others...not so much. For example, the RB rankings were as I would expect. The Panthers triple trouble backfield of DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert was good for #2 overall, a ranking well deserved I believe.
On the other hand the WR rankings missed the mark. Those of you that know my writing know I'm not an overly homer type of guy. I try to keep it real so when I say this ranking makes me scratch my head I'm not just being a homer.
Apparently having Steve Smith on the roster doesn't account for much:
The Panthers are another one of those teams with a clear star receiver and a bunch of question marks behind him. Steve Smith looked like his best days were behind him until Cam Newton showed up. He had 1,394 yards and seven touchdowns, the first time he topped the 1,000-yard mark since 2008. Rookie Joe Adams adds even more speed to the lineup. Brandon LaFell may be the key to success. He could be in for a breakout in his third season.
While there is no denying that Smitty's stats fell off the past couple of seasons I thought it was common knowledge that was due more to QB issues than Smitty himself. You would have thought 2011 proved that. Regardless you would still think a ranking higher than #22 would be deserved for a team with the player that was #5 in yards in 2011.We will look at the number of other teams relying on a single marquee WR and a bunch of support players who for some reason are ranked higher, after the jump...
Tip of the hat to CanadianPanther for his fanshot yesterday.
#17 Raiders - Darius Heyward-Bey - What has this guy done in the NFL except underachieve since being drafted in the top 10? He topped 900 yards in 2011 and now he's better than Smitty?
#21 - Redskins - Apparently Pierre Garcon, who has never broke 1,000 yards receiving is better than Smitty
I could take issue with a few more but you get the point. Hopefully Smitty will read this and get a chip on his shoulder. Scratch that...an even bigger chip on his shoulder! Who knows, maybe once Louis Murphy is included in the mix we might jump up a little higher but I doubt it. Nothing left to do but prove them wrong!