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With more drops by receivers, could Panthers bring in veteran wideout after cuts?

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown, right, is unable to make a pass reception in the end zone as New England Patriots cornerback Tarell Brown, left, applies defensive pressure during second-quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Friday.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown, right, is unable to make a pass reception in the end zone as New England Patriots cornerback Tarell Brown, left, applies defensive pressure during second-quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Friday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

A lot of news coming out of the Panthers' practice Monday, not much of it good.

Second-year wideout Corey Brown, who has five drops in the last two exhibitions, continues to struggle. Brown dropped two more passes Monday during team drills, including a Cam Newton throw in the end zone.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Brown's issue is he's letting the ball get in on him rather than aggressively going after it.

Brown wasn't the only wideout who struggled. Jarrett Boykin and Michael Brown also dropped passes during the 11-on-11 drills.

Meanwhile, veteran wideout Jerricho Cotchery remains out with a groin injury and rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess aggravated the hamstring injury that's bothered him throughout most of the preseason.

Funchess isn't sure whether he'll play in the final exhibition against the Steelers. Rivera is hopeful Cotchery will be available Week 1 at Jacksonville.

Rivera wasn't quite as definitive as he was in training camp about the Panthers sticking with the wideouts currently on the roster. Rivera said there could be a veteran available after this week's cuts that might fit in the Panthers' scheme.

Rivera also said:

--Defensive end Charles Johnson's trapezius muscle tightened up Sunday, sidelining him for Monday's two-hour practice. Johnson missed the first three exhibitions with a calf injury, but Rivera says he'd still like Johnson to get some snaps Thursday at Pittsburgh.

--Defensive end Mario Addison sat out with a stomach bug.

--The team is concerned safety and special teams ace Colin Jones' groin injury is more serious than originally believed. Jones, who has been out for a couple of weeks, is scheduled to visit a specialist.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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