David Gettis has been a bit of a mystery for the Panthers. In what can only be described as a minor miracle due to the revolving door of putridness at quarterback, he had a solid rookie campaign in 2010 alongside fellow rookie receiver Brandon LaFell.
But, that's all he's done thus far in Carolina.
It's not entirely his fault though. In 2011 he tore his ACL during training camp and missed the entire season, and in 2012 he was unable to get off the PUP list due to an aggravated hamstring that kept him out of action for most of the season.
While he appeared in two games last season for the Panthers, he didn't record any stats, and other than the 37 receptions for 508 yards he logged as a rookie the stat sheet doesn't show him as being part of the team at all.
Hopefully that will change this year for Gettis. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is already saying positive things about him, as evidenced in the tweet below from ESPN 730's Bobby Rosinski:
David Gettis on the field today for Panthers, Ron Rivera - "he's coming back...he's had a couple nice days, we need that competition"— Bobby Rosinski (@BobbyRosinski) May 23, 2013
With a wide receiver corps that is in desperate need of playmakers to complement Steve Smith, now is the time for Gettis to shine and prove that he does belong on the field for the Panthers.
According to Rivera, he's making the steps necessary to accomplish that goal. It's still way too early to tell if Gettis will make the final 53 man roster, but if what Rivera said about him today is any indication of his future in Carolina, don't count him out just yet.