2013 NFL free agency: Domenik Hixon to visit Panthers

Jeff Zelevansky

Is help at wide receiver finally on the horizon?

The Carolina Panthers have a need at their third wide receiver spot, and it looks like help could be on the way. Joe Person reports that free agent Domenik Hixon will the team early week.

There was little doubt Dave Gettleman would try and take a few players from his past in New York, and this seems to be the case. After signing linebacker Chase Blackburn last week, now he turns his eye to Hixon who has spent his career as a fringe contributor on a talented team.

If signed, Hixon would immediately become the Panthers' third receiver. It's a position that has been under-represented for almost five years, with players like Legedu Naanee, and most recently Louis Murphy trying to fill the role with little impact.

The fact this potential signing moves the needle at all is a sign of how mediocre the third spot has been for the Panthers. Yes, Hixon is unquestionably an upgrade -- but it's also important to remember that the Giants opted to let him leave in favor of signing Louis Murphy, and they're the team with rings. Any hope that he'll blossom here is a nice thought, but if New York thought he had that potential they wouldn't have gone in a different direction.

Nevertheless it's a move. Entering the season with Ted Ginn at the 3WR spot would have been mediocre, and this could help -- just don't expect greatness.

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 New York Giants 13 3 39 567 14.5 41 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 New York Giants 2 0 4 50 12.5 22T 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 New York Giants 14 2 15 187 12.5 61T 1 -- -- -- -- -- 3 2
2008 New York Giants 16 7 43 596 13.9 41 2 2 26 13.0 15 0 -- --
2007 New York Giants 12 1 1 5 5.0 5 0 1 -8 -8.0 -8 0 -- --
2007 Denver Broncos 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2006 Denver Broncos 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
TOTAL 102 1,405 13.8 61 6 3 18 6.0 15 0 4 3
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