Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 10/20/11
A year ago, Panther fans were emailing wondering why John Fox wouldn't play Armanti Edwards. Now people want to know why Ron Rivera continues to stick with Edwards as the punt returner. It's simple, really -- and the same reason why Rivera will let Kealoha Pilares handle kickoff returns again this week despite pedestrian numbers his first two tries. The Panthers won't say it publicly -- they want sponsors to keep buying billboards and fans to keep coming to games -- but this year is about development. So why not take long looks at the potential play-makers they drafted to see if they fit in the plans during non-rebuilding seasons? Fox refused to give Edwards much of a look, and infamously started QB Brian St. Pierre for a game rather than use sixth-round pick Tony Pike. It seems pretty clear Rivera got the message from the front office: Give the kids a chance. The Panthers, near the bottom of the league in punt and kickoff returns, have experienced returners in Captain Munnerlyn and...
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