Wide receiver Louis Murphy is thrilled about being reunited with college teammate Cam Newton and the opportunity to resurrect his career with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers, hoping to add another downfield presence to take some pressure off No. 1 wide receiver Steve Smith, acquired the speedy Murphy in a trade Monday with the Oakland Raiders. Murphy is hoping to beat out David Gettis for the team's third receiver spot.
Murphy called his new opportunity a ''blessing.''
He says he likes the Panthers' offense because ''they like to sling it around and I like to go deep.''
Murphy started 18 games with the Raiders in his first two seasons and caught 75 passes for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns. But injuries limited him to 15 catches last season.