(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Ted Ginn Jr. has never liked being labeled a ''specialist.''
Now the six-year NFL veteran is looking to take advantage of a ''fresh start'' with the Carolina Panthers and prove to critics he can still play wide receiver in the NFL and be more than just a returner.
Ginn, the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft, left the San Francisco 49ers this offseason as a free agent after what he called a ''tough season.'' Although the 49ers reached the Super Bowl, Ginn was pretty much a non-factor in the passing game, catching only two passes.
He was used in the return game, primarily on kickoffs, but Ginn said he's ready to contribute more.
''I want to show the world that I can still play receiver,'' Ginn said. ''I got kind of bashed over the years, being labeled a specialist.''
It wasn't always that way.
During his first three seasons in the league with the Miami Dolphins, Ginn averaged 43 receptions and was used frequently as a ball...