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Ted Ginn Jr. the missing piece at WR?




#89 and Greg Olsen are obviously our primary, and most reliable receiving targets. Smitty is still a serious vertical threat (albeit not quite the guy he was 5-10 years ago), as is Olsen as far as TE's are concerned.. but when was the last time we had a downfield threat with Ginn's pure speed and explosiveness?

Even if "his hands are suspect," which by all indications thus far in camp has perhaps been an unfair criticism, his speed alone is going to demand that at least one safety on opposing defenses respects his abilti to get 30-40 yards down the field in a flash. The result? One less safety to stack the box or cover intermediate routes. So in theory, his mere presence helps the run game and can open up even more passing lanes for Olsen and Smitty to exploit.

So why hasn't Ginn fulfilled this role at any other point of his career, and why would it be any different in Carolina?

Two words: Cam Newton.

Cam's arm strength makes every other QB Ginn has played with look like a 7-year-old. Which isn't really a stretch considering we're talking about guys like Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, and Alex Smith.

Explosive speed on the outside + Zeus-like arm strength = a MUCH larger area a defense has to cover. It's science.

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