Veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey reported on his Twitter page Thursday that he’s going to be a member of the Carolina Panthers. Shockey, who was recently released by the Saints, appears to be optimistic about the move.
“Looks like I’m signing with Carolina,” Shockey tweeted. “Time for the Next chapter. This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football.”
Fantasy owners should also be somewhat excited, since this move will create an uptick in Shockey’s value. He’ll be re-joining offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who filled the same position while Shockey played for the University of Miami. Chudzinski has a history of utilizing tight ends prominently in the pass attack, which is obviously positive news. New coach Ron Rivera has also said that he wants a “do-it-all” tight end in his offense.
Can Shockey be that player at the age of 30? Time will tell, but this is a great fit from an X’s and O’s standpoint.
There are other questions that still need to be answered in Chudzinski’s offense, none more glaring than who will actually be throwing the football to Shockey and the rest of the Panthers’ receivers. And while I don’t see him re-emerging into an elite fantasy tight end, Shockey is in a great place to be a far more viable No. 2 option.
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