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After an offseason exodus, there are 11 Carolina Panthers receivers vying for roster spots for 2014. Any who don’t make it can’t blame it on a lack of opportunity.

Former Carolina Panthers tight end Wesley Walls sees NFL tight ends lining up in the slot, being used and getting paid like wide receivers, and thinks he played the position two decades too soon. “I wish I was 23 again in this league,” Walls said.

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman entered the NFL draft needing a wide receiver, left tackle, cornerback and an IT guy to accompany him to Worcester, Mass. Three out of four isn’t bad.

Reporters got a look at the Carolina Panthers’ leadership transition last week when the team trotted out Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and Ryan Kalil for interviews at the start of the offseason workout program.

Greg Olsen last season became the first Panthers tight end to lead the team in receiving since 1997 – and that was before the team held a fire sale at the wide receiver position.

Recently acquired cornerback Antoine Cason will arrive in Charlotte in two weeks for the start of the Carolina Panthers’ offseason workouts. He’s already preparing for the jokes.

Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman must find replacements for Steve Smith and Jordan Gross in addition to replacing the backup players he signed a year ago who became keys in helping the team reach the NFL playoffs.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t have ankle surgery immediately after the season because he thought the pain would dissipate during the offseason and he’d be able to play through it without requiring surgery.

The Carolina Panthers entered free agency needing a left tackle to replace the retired Jordan Gross and a receiver to step in for the cast-off Steve Smith. To this point they’ve signed neither, while watching five starters go elsewhere.

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has a long to-do list, but here are some players he could look to in NFL free agency to check some of the boxes.

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Joseph Person
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