Ted Ginn scored 10 touchdowns and racked up 739 yards last season. Let that sink in for a second. He finished as a top-24 receiver regardless of format. This from a guy who averaged 349.3 yards per season in his first eight years and entered last season with 11 career receiving scores. It's not the awkward age-30 breakout season -- it's Ginn taking advantage of some major opportunities with the Panthers receiving corps banged up. Now that Carolina's crew is healthy, Ginn figures to settle back into numbers he's used to getting. Don't draft him with high expectations. In fact, you're better off if you don't draft him at all.
Ginn secured four of 10 targets for 74 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. He also netted two yards on three punt returns. The 30-year-old was unable to convert many of his game-high 10 targets due to a suffocating Broncos defense, but did secure a game-long 45-yard pass from Cam Newton on the second play of the third quarter. The Broncos were also careful to not allow Ginn many opportunities to do some of his trademark damage on punt returns, limiting him to just two yards on the three opportunities he did have on special teams. Despite difficulties hanging on to the ball at times throughout 2015, Ginn certainly proved to be serviceable and at times dynamic big-play threat. He hauled in 44 receptions for 739 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns during the campaign, serving as a particularly valuable weapon in the season-long absence of Kelvin Benjamin (knee).
Ginn caught both of the passes that came his way during Sunday's NFC championship win for 52 total yards. He added a 22-yard touchdown run during the game. Ginn zig-zagged his way toward Carolina's first touchdown of the night on a 22-yard end-around. Ginn only touched the ball thrice during the game, but two of those touches went for over 20 yards. Ginn's speed makes him a source of constant concern for opposing defenses. He'll take on some very skilled Denver cover corners in the Super Bowl, but it will be the health of free safety Darian Stewart that will get a lot of attention in the next two weeks. Stewart left Sunday's AFC championship game with an injury and provides a safety net for his fellow cover men.
Ginn had an 11-yard rush and didn't pull in his lone target in Sunday's win over Seattle. Ginn has tallied just 20 total yards in his last two outings. Battling a sore knee and with the team up big early, Ginn was not featured much in Carolina's offense on Sunday. From Weeks 12 through 16, Ginn scored seven touchdowns in five games, more than he had in any previous season, doing so on just 18 total catches. Ginn can make huge plays, accompanied by major fantasy points, when he's healthy - making the status of his knee a major story line going into the conference title game.
Ginn (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Seahawks, Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network reports. Ginn was a late addition to the injury report, turning in a DNP at Friday's practice due to a sore knee, but the wideout is active for the Panthers' postseason opener. He'll look to make a greater impact than his Week 6 showing against the Seahawks, when he hauled in just one of four targets for 18 yards.
Ginn, who missed Friday's practice due to knee soreness, said he will play through any discomfort in Sunday's playoff game versus the Seahawks, the Charlotte Observer reports. Ginn was held out of Friday's practice after experiencing soreness in his knee following Thursday's session. While that precaution is worth noting, and has resulted in a questionable tag for Ginn ahead of Sunday's game, the veteran speedster has stated he intends to play. Another evaluation of Ginn is expected to take place Saturday, when another update might surface, but regardless, rookie Devin Funchess could be a beneficiary if Ginn suffers a setback or is inhibited Sunday.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|5||10/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|6||10/16||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|9||11/06||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|10||11/13||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|11||11/18||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|14||12/11||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3 Year Avg||64||31||495||5||23||15.97||82|