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Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman made it clear he expects more from wideouts Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess in 2017 and beyond.
“Their games have to mature,” Gettleman told reporters at the scouting combine Wednesday.
The two large receivers were thought to be a perfect fit for Cam Newton’s passing style, but each pass-catcher disappointed in 2016 and their struggles had a major impact on the Panthers’ offense as a whole.
Benjamin is already 26 years old and it’s probably fair to say his game should have already matured. That said, he’s only played in two NFL seasons (with a missed season due to a torn ACL in the middle) and his best football could still be ahead of him.
Funchess is only 22 and still learning how to play as a wideout after playing as a tight end in college. It’s more reasonable to expect an improvement from him in 2017.
Whether or not Benjamin and Funchess improve, the Panthers are likely to look outside the organization to bring in more talent at wideout.