It’s been a rocky start to the 2023 NFL regular season for the Carolina Panthers, who have lost their first games against the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings.
Despite only being outscored by 35 points in those games, the Panthers still find themselves on the wrong end of the NFC South standings, sitting in last place, behind the Saints and Falcons (2-2 apiece) and the 3-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pretty much a death knell for the Panthers’ playoff chances.
Carolina faces a do-or-die Week 5 contest in Detroit against the 3-1 Lions Sunday. Head coach Frank Reich needs to find a spark to get the Panthers back in the swing of things.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, on Sunday morning just hours before kickoff vs. the Vikings, reported that the Panthers have been actively on the lookout for a starting wide receiver. BetCarolina.com – your source for North Carolina sports betting when mobile wagering launches in the state - developed hypothetical odds of the various trade targets the Panthers could acquire.
Odds of Most Likely WR Trade Targets for Panthers
So, who could the Panthers potentially acquire to help Bryce Young’s passing TD odds?
The top trade targets general manager Scott Fitterer could go after include veteran wideout Marquise Brown of the Arizona Cardinals (+700), Hunter Renfrow of the Las Vegas Raiders and Chase Claypool of the Chicago Bears (+900 apiece).
All three play for teams that are likely to miss the postseason this year, with combined records of 2-10 so far, and none of the three looks as if it will rebound from their slow starts anytime soon.
Other potential targets include Broncos wideouts Courtland Sutton (+1150) and Jerry Jeudy (+1500), while Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins of the Bengals (+1500 apiece) and Davante Adams of the Raiders (+2000) also could be in play before the trade deadline.
One way or another, Carolina desperately needs to overhaul its woebegone passing attack, which currently ranks 23rd in passing yards per game (187.3), with the league’s 24th ranked scoring offense (16.8) and 25th ranked scoring defense (25.5).
It starts with a solid showing in the Motor City on Sunday, with a win over the Lions potentially setting the stage for a four-game stretch that includes winnable home games against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, interspersed with a tough road game at the Miami Dolphins and a winnable game at Soldier Field against the 0-4 Bears on Nov. 9.
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