Sorting through Carolina's WR corps

Bryan Strickland’s overview on Carolina’s situation at wide receiver got me thinking about just how deep the Panthers are at this position.

Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell are set as the starters. But, after that, I see six guys competing for what likely will be four roster spots.

Let’s take a look at the candidates:

Domenik Hixon. Brought in as a free agent, his experience and ties to general manager Dave Gettleman could make Hixon the favorite to claim the No. 3 receiver spot. But he’ll face plenty of competition.

Ted Ginn Jr. Another free-agent pickup, who is likely to handle at least some return duties. Ginn had a great offseason and sparked hopes that he can win the No. 3 receiver job. Ginn has elite speed. But the real test will come in training camp and the preseason. Ginn has looked great in shorts before, but hasn’t always produced in the regular season.

Armanti Edwards. This former college quarterback struggled in adjusting to wide receiver, but there were signs in the offseason program Edwards may be catching onto the position. He also has ability in the return game, but needs to use camp and the preseason to show he can contribute as a receiver in order to earn a roster spot.

David Gettis. He missed almost all of the past two seasons with injuries after showing some promise as a rookie in 2010. The coaching staff doesn’t have high expectations for Gettis, but he could put himself back into good graces if he’s healthy and has a strong showing in camp and the preseason games.

Kealoha Pilares. He’s another guy with return skills. But, if he’s going to stick on the roster, Pilares needs to show he can contribute at least a little bit as a wide receiver.

Joe Adams. The Panthers wanted him to be their primary return man as a rookie last season, but he lost that job after struggling early. The potential to be an explosive return man is still there. But, like Pilares, Adams also needs to show he can contribute as a receiver to have a shot at staying on the roster.