Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

LaFell pushing Naanee in Panthers' WR corps

About the Author

Dan Parr

dparr@pfwmedia.com
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

SS Moore is staying with the Falcons

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m.

Panthers release CB Gamble

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

Carolina Panthers: 2013 team needs

Posted March 05, 2013 @ 11:27 a.m.

Panthers cut DT Edwards

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

Gettleman: Panthers could keep Williams, Stewart

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 1:08 p.m.

Panthers to begin renovation after 2013 season

Posted Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:33 p.m.

Panthers add DT Cole

Posted Feb. 08, 2013 @ 12:34 p.m.

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Panthers promote Shula to offensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 4:38 p.m.

Panthers must tackle big defensive need inside

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 6:39 p.m.
Posted Sept. 24, 2011 @ 10:04 p.m. ET
By Dan Parr

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said this week that Legedu Naanee is still his starter opposite Steve Smith at wide receiver, even though Brandon LaFell has significantly outproduced Naanee through two games. LaFell has been targeted by QB Cam Newton 10 times and has eight catches. Newton has targeted Naanee 12 times, but he has only three receptions. Unhappy with the group of receivers complementing Smith, the Panthers signed Naanee in early August, and he was awarded the starting job over LaFell. Naanee spent the past four seasons with the Chargers, for whom Rivera and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski worked before coming to Carolina this year. Naanee's familiarity with the system helped give him an edge over LaFell, who was learning a new offense on the fly after the lockout-shortened offseason. LaFell has made some tough, impressive grabs in the early going, but we're told there's some frustration from the coaching staff that he doesn't make all the routine plays.

 

Follow Dan Parr on Twitter

Comments ()


ABOUT TRUST ONLINE