Panthers haven't given up on Edwards

There might be a redemption story brewing in Carolina Panthers training camp.

The Twitter world was going crazy with reports that wide receiver Armanti Edwards was working with the first-team offense Tuesday. Edwards was working with the first team partly due to the fact the Panthers gave veteran Steve Smith the day off from practice.

But just getting some temporary work with the first team is huge news for Edwards. It’s a sign that the coaching staff must have been impressed with what Edwards showed in offseason workouts.

If it seems like this is long overdue, that’s only because it is. Edwards was a quarterback in college and the Panthers gambled on him in the 2010 draft. They gave up a second-round pick to get Edwards in the third round and the plan was to convert him into a wide receiver and a return man.

But that transition didn’t go very smoothly. In three seasons, Edwards has only five catches. That’s led to speculation that Edwards might not stay on Carolina’s roster this year.

But the fact he was getting first-team work is a sign the Panthers haven’t given up on Edwards. I’m not sure Edwards will overtake Domenik Hixon or Ted Ginn Jr. as the third receiver. But I think Edwards has a good chance to stick around as the fourth or fifth receiver.