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    Jeremy Shockey signs with Panthers

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers found a potential boost for the NFL's worst offense on Thursday by signing four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey to a one-year deal.

    The 30-year-old Shockey, who was released by New Orleans last week, had also received interest from the Miami Dolphins. He signed the contract -- terms weren't immediately available -- just before the collective bargaining agreement was to expire.

    Shockey will be reunited in Carolina with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was his position coach at the University of Miami.

    "Time for the Next chapter," Shockey wrote on his Facebook page. "This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Lets hope we all have the chance to play this season."

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera put an emphasis on acquiring a pass-catching tight end immediately after he was hired in January to replace John Fox following Carolina's 2-14 season.

    The flamboyant Shockey could be that guy, although the nine-year veteran has been slowed by injuries the past few seasons.

    "We are very pleased to add Jeremy to our football team," Rivera said in a statement. "He is a highly competitive player with a good skill set and a wealth of experience. He should make a solid contribution to our offense."

    The 6-foot-5, 251-pound Shockey made the Pro Bowl in four of his first five seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, but also was known for brash comments and feuds with coach Tom Coughlin.

    He was traded to New Orleans before the 2008 season and caught a key touchdown pass in Saints' Super Bowl victory a year later. But Shockey labored through injuries in all three seasons in New Orleans and the Saints cut him loose with $4.2 million due to him in 2011 in the final year of his deal.

    If he can stay healthy, Shockey, who had 41 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season, will provide a target at tight end not seen in years in Carolina.

    Fox used the tight end mostly as a blocker and the Panthers had Jeff King, Dante Rosario and Gary Barnidge play there last season in a platoon. King and Rosario are potential free agents, although the Panthers placed restricted free-agent tenders on both players Wednesday.

    What remains uncertain is who will be throwing Shockey the ball this season. Rookie Jimmy Clausen was 1-9 as a starter in 2010 and the Panthers are considering signing a veteran or perhaps even selecting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft.
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    My reaction when I heard this, calling up friends I know that are fans of the Panthers and start Laughing.. Sometimes is nice to be a Hata
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    Fun stat: Panthers' QBs threw to their tight ends 21% of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReaderM View Post
    My reaction when I heard this, calling up friends I know that are fans of the Panthers and start Laughing.. Sometimes is nice to be a Hata

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    My guess is that Shockey will be used more as a blocker in Carolina for the Williams/Stewart running attack. Shockey has lost a step, but he's still a very efficient run blocker. He's also an upgrade over Jeff King and Dante Rosario as far as receiving goes. I actually like the move from Carolina's POV. I'm not sure what the price tag was, but I have to believe they got him for a reasonable price considering the circumstances.
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    Shockey may have a little left in the tank. Enough to play for a team like the Panthers that doesn't traditionally focus on their TEs in the passing game. Maybe with a new young QB be it Clausen or someone they draft in 2011, Shockey could be looked on to bail him out when he faces pressure and he could benefit if he stays healthy. He can still catch and block well. He doesn't have to be that fast. King isn't speedy but he's still effective when needed.

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    Well...now this is awkward.
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    I always heard that a receiving TE can be a rookie QBs best friend. I guess the Panthers subscribe to that theory. It should be an interesting offense with Shockey and now Olsen to go along with Williams, Stewart, Smith and Newton. No shortage of weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
    I always heard that a receiving TE can be a rookie QBs best friend. I guess the Panthers subscribe to that theory. It should be an interesting offense with Shockey and now Olsen to go along with Williams, Stewart, Smith and Newton. No shortage of weapons.
    Cam Newton's best friend is going to be his first read, because that's where he's used to going.

    I've always heard that a receiving TE's best friend is a blocking TE who frees him up to do his job. I'm not sure I like this move. Complementary parts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkocs6 View Post
    Cam Newton's best friend is going to be his first read, because that's where he's used to going.

    I've always heard that a receiving TE's best friend is a blocking TE who frees him up to do his job. I'm not sure I like this move. Complementary parts?
    Well they just got rid of their blocking TE in Jeff King though I think they signed another one. Also I guess this all but seals the fact that Dawson is not coming back,with Shockey and Olsen, no need for another pass first TE
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