Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams admitted that he was shocked when the Carolina Panthers decided to let Steve Smith go as well as every other receiver that saw significant playing time in 2013 for a Panthers team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
“We lost them all,” Williams told NFL AM on Thursday. “That was tough, man. I played with Steve for eight years, and I know the chip he has on his shoulder, and he’s a playmaker. I couldn’t believe that we made those moves. Like, I’m still in shock. Not only did we lose him, but Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell, and [Domenik] Hixon.”
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In terms of the loss putting more pressure on the running backs, Williams added: “No, it puts more pressure on our front office because you make these moves, getting rid of four receivers, you’ve got to bring in guys.”
To replace the lost receivers, the Panthers have signed Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood. It’s expected that the Panthers will target multiple wide receivers come next month’s NFL Draft from New York City.
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