NFC South Blog
I hope I can get DeAngelo Williams to play in my fantasy league, but I would love to see him choose (overdraft) himself in the first round of the draft. Because that's where he thinks he belongs.
During an appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM" last week, Williams said, "I joked with people that my fantasy value went up after we got rid of our four receivers, but it's the truth," Williams said. "I went from probably being drafted in the fifth and sixth round to being in the first round – me and Jonathan (Stewart) alike because we have no receivers."
The Panthers still have their leading receiver from last year, tight end Greg Olsen. But they lost Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell, and Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency. So far, they have filled the void by signing Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood, and Jason Avant.
The Panthers added tight end Ed Dickson to their roster on Thursday. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $795,000. Dickson spent four largely forgettable seasons with the Ravens and was no longer need there with Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in town.
His best statistical season came in 2011 when Dickson caught 54 passes in 16 games for 528 yards and five touchdowns.
The Panthers continued the complete rebuild of their wide receiver stock by signing Jason Avant on Monday to a one-year deal. Avant turns 31 in a couple of weeks and has moved on after spending the first eight seasons of his career in Philadelphia. Avant caught 38 passes in 2012 and has never surpassed 53 receptions in any year.