Cam Newton has posted a fantastic season and should be considered a frontrunner for the NFL MVP award (he was our runner-up), but maybe he’s getting a little too much credit. One of the common arguments for Newton deserving the MVP is that he has accomplished so much with so little help around him. However, that is simply not true.
Including receivers and tight ends with a minimum of 100 passing snaps, Carolina’s receivers earned the highest average overall grade (76.1) in the NFL (Seattle and Arizona are second and third, respectively). From a cumulative game-grade standpoint, the Panthers owned the No. 4 receiving grade in the league, behind Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. (Remember: PFF’s grades for receivers are independent from the QB’s play, just as a QB won’t be dinged by poor play from a WR in our system.)
Greg Olsen is the alpha of the group, at 96.8, and the other five (Ed Dickson, Tedd Ginn, Devin Funchess, Philly Brown and Jerricho Cotchery) have solid grades, if not overly-impressive. They have their limitations, but they’re a good mix of size, speed, youth, and experience. Ted Ginn has the reputation for having poor hands, but 10 receivers had more drops than he did. His speed and ability to create separation turned into 10 regular season touchdowns.
The Panthers’ receiver group, as a whole, should be looked at as an asset rather than a liability.
Ginn is great. He seems a lot worse than he is because he has dropped so many sure touchdowns (at least 4 that I've seen) this season and those tend to more memorable. The reason they look bad is because he is so wide open, which is his doing and while he leaves some on the field being so open so many times when others wouldn't be and catching some of them makes it worth it. I think he's the fastest player in the league.
He's not good at turning his head around and catching the ball, but he doesn't drop many if he's facing the play and catching in traffic. Either way he has a huge impact on the defense keeping the speedy backs busy and away from the other receivers.