Carolina Panthers still searching for right receiver combination

08/12/2014 6:18 PM

08/12/2014 6:19 PM

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Tuesday that Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant are the team’s top three receivers.

While that isn’t exactly breaking news, Rivera mentioned five other receivers vying for the final two or three spots on the 53-man, regular-season roster.

Brenton Bersin, Philly Brown, Tiquan Underwood, Tavarres King and Kealoha Pilares were all mentioned as emerging players. In addition to the five or six on the 53-man roster, the Panthers may carry one receiver on the practice squad.

While Brown, Underwood and Pilares are all punt and/or kick returners, Rivera said that would not hurt the chances of someone like Bersin making the roster.

“If you catch the ball, you catch the ball. And that’s what Bersin does,” Rivera said. “He’s very, very consistent. But there are other things he can do on special teams as well. I don’t think it hurts his chances because if we get into a tough situation and the wind’s blowing and we need someone to catch a punt, he can go back there and catch the punt. That’s not a problem.”

Sports Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service