ran for 843 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
After releasing veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers were left with very few options at the position. One of the players who appears to be as frustrated as the fan base with the moves in the front office is running back DeAngelo Williams, who discussed the offseason moves on NFL Network's "NFL AM" this morning.
"Not only did we get rid of (Smith), (we got rid of) Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell and (Domenik) Hixon," Williams said, via NFL.com. "You talk about Steve but I talk about all four of them, because those are three potential guys -- Steve,Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn -- that can stretch the field ... and Hixon was a possession receiver that came in and moved the chains for us."
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Carolina has added two receivers in free agency in Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, but they still lack a player who can stretch the field and replace Smith's role in the offense.
Because of that, Williams is hoping that he will not be facing stacked boxes this season.
"I don't have any concerns so to speak," he said. "I just don't want to see eight, nine guys in the box week in and week out because we're working on our timing."
The Panthers will have an opportunity to add a playmaking wide receiver that can step into the No. 1 role with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, and luckily for them, it is a stacked draft class at the position.
At the end of Round 1, Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. could all be available.
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