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Panthers can begin sorting out WR options

There's a definite ceiling on what can be gleaned from non-contact June practices, but the Panthers can at least begin the process of sifting through their many receiver options.

For all the offseason turnover, however, there may not be many jobs truly up for grabs.

The Panthers generally go into a season with between four and six wideouts. If they go to the high end of that range, there's probably only one job available.

It's safe to say Steve Smith's got a spot on the 53. Dwayne Jarrett probably does. Third-rounders Brandon LaFell and Armanti Edwards will have jobs.

Number five is almost certainly Wallace Wright, who was brought here for his special teams prowess (the Jets were pushing him for Pro Bowl honors). The Panthers haven't had a wideout that mattered in the kicking game since Karl Hankton, and Wright has the opportunity to make a huge impact there.

So if they keep six, there's going to be a pretty good fight for that last job. There's Kenny Moore, the local hero and slot guy, who hasn't shown the same elusiveness he did at Wake Forest. There's Charly Martin, the sleeper of the bunch, but a well-rounded player who has supporters here. There's sixth-round pick David Gettis, a size-speed guy who may be destined for the practice squad. There's Trent Guy, the West Charlotte grad who has opened eyes with his potential as a returner. There's Dexter Jackson, who's learning how to catch but became an endangered species once his old ASU quarterback arrived.

It's going to make for some interesting days in training camp, and third and fourth quarters of preseason games.

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