Shaun King: Panthers Have Least Talented Skill Players In NFC

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Former Bucs quarterback turned analyst, Shaun King, talks with Mac and Jim about the Panthers draft, off-season and is overtly critical about the job Dave Gettleman has done as the Panthers General Manager.

On Dave Gettleman: I’m extremely disappointed in how he’s handled this off-season. He did something that I was disappointed in when he took the job, when he said Cam Newton needed to step up. When he challenged his quarterback, I thought that was unfair. Cam stepped up last year and Cam played to the level that his talent says he is capable of. This entire off-season should’ve been about one thing for the Panthers, putting as much talent around Cam Newton as possible and they have completely failed their quarterback. They’ve put him in a situation where he’s going to have to try to turn water into wine. They have the least talented offense in the NFC South and that’s sad. That’s extremely sad that the GM has let the quarterback be in a position where he doesn’t have the complimentary parts necessary to excel and do his job.

On the Panthers wide receivers: I am a huge Kelvin Benjamin fan, but history says it takes rookie wide receivers a year before they get comfortable in this league. For a GM to let Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Teddy Ginn, all of those guys exit stage left, I think it’s embarrassing.

On Cam Newton: I’m being critical of Dave Gettleman, because I hope he hears this and more importantly I want the fan base to hear this. If the Panthers aren’t successful next year, it’s the GM’s fault, because I could see this Carolina situation getting set up for people to blame Cam Newton, if it doesn’t work next year. You guys have the least talented group of offensive skill players in the entire NFC.

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