Ginn could revive career in Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If there was a star of the Carolina Panthers' minicamp in Thursday afternoon’s session, it was Ted Ginn Jr.

On two different occasions, Ginn used his speed to get open and catch deep balls from Cam Newton.

“That’s kind of part of the reason he’s here coach Ron Rivera said. “Obviously, with his speed, we know he can blow the top off the covers and he’s showing. He’s going. I think he’s going to help us with some of the complimentary reps that we’ll have."

It’s ironic, but what Ginn flashed Tuesday must have been something similar to what the Miami Dolphins envisioned back in 2007 when they used a first-round pick on Ginn. But Ginn never materialized into a consistent threat in three seasons in Miami. He then spent the past three seasons in San Francisco, where he barely was used as a receiver, but was the primary return man for the 49ers.

But the Panthers are hoping that maybe a fresh start might re-launch Ginn’s career as a wide receiver. He’s going to get a chance to compete with Domenik Hixon, Joe Adams, Kealoha Pilares, David Gettis and Armanti Edwards for the third receiver spot.

If Tuesday’s practice was any indication, Ginn might have the early lead because his speed looked tantalizing.

“A 5-yard pass could turn into a 25- or 30-yard gain before you know it," Rivera said.