Greg Olsen is the best pass catcher on this team and the only one with over 1,000 yards receiving for the Panthers in 2016. Kelvin Benjamin showed some promise after missing the entire season before with an injury, but is going to have to do way better if this team is going to be competitive going forward. The Panthers definitely need to develop young receivers.
They added DeSean Jackson to an already exciting receiver core. Even though he’s got some wear on his tires, D-Jax is here to take the top off of opposing defenses. This will allow veterans Adam Humphries and Mike Evans to shred opponents underneath and give rookie tight end O.J. Howard time to get used to catching bombs from Jameis Winston.
Julio Jones is absolutely disgusting as a receiver on the field and I have a feeling that’s only going to improve this season. The main question is, who, between Taylor Gabriel and Mohamed Sanu, takes control of the number two spot in reigning MVP, Matt Ryan’s offense. Atlanta had five different tight ends touch the ball last year, and that gives them versatility without allowing defenses to focus on one guy.
Some people are going to be surprised how good this group of receivers will be after losing one of its top members from last year. Drew Brees has proven over the years that he can find gems out of almost anyone they put on his roster. This season he has very legit weapons in Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Ted Ginn, and Coby Fleener. If the defense even pretends to show up, this team will be nearly impossible to slow down in 2017.