One of the biggest talking points of the offseason has been how utterly disastrous the Carolina Panthers pursuit for new wide receivers has gone. After getting burned by every single top target and left with spare parts like Jericho Cotchery, fans in Carolina are in bewilderment about what happened to Cam Newton’s targets.
The Panthers are saying that there is no such things as a No. 1 receiver these days and that Newton can make anything work. Former quarterback Donovan McNabb — who similarly had almost zero No. 1 targets his entire career — isn’t buying what the Panthers are selling.
“I hate when teams [say] that,” McNabb said. “Who are they, Bill Belichick and the Patriots now?”
“But you’ve still got to give him some help,” he said of Newton. “The quarterback is only as good as the people around him. If you don’t ever want him to throw to a player that can create big plays out of the passing game, it’s not going to go well.”
It’s true that the mark of a great quarterback lies in how eel he works with what he has, as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have been notorious for that, but Newton is far from being on that level yet is being asked to perform at it.
The Panthers will be looking to the draft to beef up their pitiful receiving corps but all eyes will be on Carolina this year to see just how badly the Panthers screwed their franchise quarterback.