2013 NFL free agency: Carolina Panthers sign WR Domenik Hixon

Al Bello

Another wide receiver has been added to the roster.

The Carolina Panthers have improved their wide receiving corps this afternoon, adding Domenik Hixon, formerly of the New York Giants' -- according to Jason LaCanfora.

A player from Dave Gettleman's past, Hixon will likely be the Panthers' third receiver behind Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. There's a good chance Carolina will look for a receiver in the draft later this month, but Hixon as a third is the natual way the depth chart falls right now.

Lost in New York's offense, Hixon was never able to get significant snaps behind a talented group of receivers. His best year came in 2008 -- when he totaled 596 yards receiving, and two touchdowns.

It's important to keep a measured approach to Hixon. No, he wont solve the offensive issues overnight -- and it remains to be seen whether he's a true upgrade over Louis Murphy (the Panthers' third a season ago), however he brings a much-needed veteran presence to the unit and improves the offensive by osmosis.

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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