Former Buckeye star wide receiver, Ted Ginn, has had a big day for the Carolina Panthers today. In their clash against the Buffalo Bills, Ginn’s three receptions for 62 yards have made a huge difference, especially his forty yard touchdown. The touchdown was Ginn’s first TD reception since 2010 and his three catches this game are more than he had all of last season.
This year is Ginn’s first year in Carolina after spending the previous three years in San Francisco, mainly as the return man. But Buckeye fans know better than anyone what Ginn can do with the passing game, so today’s work has been very positive. In a new scenario with a new quarterback, Ginn fans are hoping that Ginn can establish the sort of relationship with Cam Newton that he had with Troy Smith.
In San Francisco, Ginn was never really considered a top option in the passing game because of the variety of weapons that the 49ers had. But in Carolina, coach Ron Rivera has embraced the air-it-out offense with speedsters like Ginn and Steve Smith and the cannon arm of Cam Newton. In today’s game against Buffalo, Newton was called to pass the ball 38 times, 18 more passes than rushes, much different from the smash mouth football style employed in SF.
Since being drafted with the ninth overall pick, Ginn has been considered a disappointment, albeit his success in the returning game. Miami drafted him with the envision of him providing the down field threat that they needed. His best season came in his sophomore year, in which he caught 56 passes and amassed 790 yards. But despite the great yardage, his three fumbles cost him playing time the next year which resulted in an offseason trade to San Fran.
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