Perfect Panthers WR Free Agent Option Just Became Available

The perfect free agent wide receiver just became available for the Panthers, as the Jaguars surprisingly released former second-round pick Zay Jones.
Bryce Young hopes to take a big step forward in 2024 with a much-improved supporting cast
Bryce Young hopes to take a big step forward in 2024 with a much-improved supporting cast / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers are committed to improving QB Bryce Young's supporting cast, and the perfect depth signing at WR became available as the Jacksonville Jaguars released Zay Jones on Tuesday morning.

Jones, the Buffalo Bills' 2017 second-round pick, is just two years removed from catching 82 passes for 823 yards and five TDs, establishing himself as a strong weapon in the red zone.

Diontae Johnson, Adam Thielen, and new first-rounder Xavier Legette would be ahead of Jones in the pecking order. However, he could provide much-needed depth for a relatively thin roster.

Considering that most teams have already filled their needs at the position, Carolina could likely sign Jones to a team-friendly deal as well.

Panthers Should Target Free Agent WR Zay Jones

This Panthers offense should be much improved under new head coach Dave Canales. Even still, Jones is more accomplished than Jonathan Mingo or Terrace Marshall Jr.

Johnson and Thielen have both dealt with injuries throughout their respective careers too, and I'd feel better about a spot start from Jones than anyone else currently on Carolina's roster. As Legette learns the nuances of the position from a professional standpoint, Jones is another veteran who could help show him the ropes, especially as a bigger-bodied wideout.

Expectations are relatively low for Carolina this season. They're projected to finish last in the NFC South again, though the weak status of the division could turn the Panthers into contenders sooner rather than later.

Making savvy moves that protect you in the case of injury helps prevent disaster. Jones' best days are likely behind him, but he represents the exact kind of low-risk swing that can help give the offense stability around Young.

Fingers crossed GM Dan Morgan isn't finished adding pieces to the offense.

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