Wide Receiver Ricky Proehl Hired By The Carolina Panthers

John WoodContributor IFebruary 3, 2011

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 6:  Ricky Proehl #81 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball after a reception against Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 6, 2005 in Tampa, Florida.    (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Charlotte, NC – New Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera isn’t wasting any time bringing new faces to Charlotte. One face he brought back this week, however, is a welcomed return.

Ricky Proehl, a sure-handed wide receiver for Carolina from 2003-2005, has been brought back to the organization as an offensive consultant. Rivera hired him on Feb. 1 to work primarily with the wide receivers.

OK, so Rivera has hired a Super Bowl champion to help with his wide receivers. He also hired Steve Smith’s college coach to help with the wide receivers. Seeing a pattern here?

If Carolina can get Jimmy Clausen under control, and re-establish Double Trouble in the running game, it looks like the Panthers are starting to make their receiving corps a priority.

When you have great wide receivers, it opens up the running game. When you have a great running game, it opens up the air attack.

However, both of those are predicated on the quarterback position.

Either way, Rivera made a great move by hiring Proehl. He was very well-liked in Charlotte, having played his college ball just down the road at Wake Forest University. I was an incoming offensive lineman when Proehl graduated from the storied Winston-Salem university.

Proehl just made the Panthers a little better, and the Panthers need it.