SPARTANBURG, SC -- To say there's plenty of competition in the Carolina Panthers' training camp at wide receiver would be an understatement.
Holdovers such as Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, David Gettis, Darvin Adams and Kealoha Pilares are vying to make the team in some cases and to raise their performance to possibly complement star veteran Steve Smith in another. Newcomers such as rookie Joe Adams and a few young players with some NFL experience, Louis Murphy and Seyi Ajirotutu, to name two, plan on making the coaching staff's job difficult when finalizing the roster.
LaFell figures to be a lock for a roster spot, so does Murphy, who came over from the Oakland Raiders after injuries impacted last season.
Entering his third year from LSU, LaFell dropped from 38 receptions in 2010 to 36 a year ago, but increased his yards-per-catch by nearly five to 17. Murphy hauled in 90 passes for 1,341 yards in three seasons with the Raiders, though he missed quite a bit of last season ...