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WR Ted Ginn - Carolina Panthers

5-11, 185Born: 4-12-1985College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 9

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Week 21: at Denver Broncos

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton didn't have to throw the ball much against the Seahawks, as Jonathan Stewart and the defense staked him to a 21-0 lead by early in the second quarter that Sunday. Newton did eventually hit Greg Olsen (six targets for 6/77/1 during the entire game) for a 19-yard TD, and the Panthers went into halftime with 31 points - the same total that they won the game with at the end (31-24). All told, Newton threw 16/22 for 161 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions two contests ago. Then, Newton accounted for four TDs against the Cardinals during the Panthers 49-15 Conference Championship victory, throwing 19/28 for 335 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with 10/47/2 rushing to his credit. Corey Brown (seven targets for 4/113/1 receiving) and Olsen (eight for 6/113/0) both went over 100 yards receiving during the game, with big assists thrown in by Devin Funchess (three for 2/21/1) and Ted Ginn Jr. (two for 2/52/0). The Panthers' passing attack is on a roll entering this Super Bowl, and they finished their victory against the Cardinals emphatically, which the team had stated was their goal after allowing Seattle to get back in the contest during the Divisional Round of the playoffs. As an aside - Newton has a 105.6 passer rating and has posted a 39:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the red zone since 2014. He's thrown 26 red zone touchdowns this season without a single interception, according to NFL.com. As of Tuesday, February 2, the Broncos expected free safety Darian Stewart (MCL sprain) and strong safety T.J. Ward (nagging ankle injury) to be ready for Super Bowl 50. They were both expected to practice on Wednesday, February 3. However, Ward has tweaked his ankle injury multiple times and has been sidelined at times after the aggravations, so it is dicey that he is able to finish this game even if he starts it. On January 30, after missing the bye week of practices, Ward stated: 'Anytime you get an opportunity to play in this game, and you can run a little bit, I'm guaranteeing you're going to be out there.' Ward said. Stewart affirmed Ward's sentiment. 'Without a doubt in my mind, I'm playing.' Right cornerback Chris Harris (shoulder injury) is considered probable to play, so the Broncos will at least begin the contest with their starting secondary. If Denver is going to stand up to Carolina, they'll need Ward and Stewart to play through pain and stay on the field Sunday. The Broncos come into this game with the NFL's top-ranked pass defense during regular season, averaging just 199.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 52 sacks generated (first in the NFL), while allowing 19 passing scores vs. 14 interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL). However, they have given up a surprising average of 301.5 net passing yards per game during the postseason, worst among teams in the playoffs, with one passing score and two interceptions surrendered so far - they've recorded seven sacks, third-most among the 12 playoff teams. Pittsburgh racked up yards in the Divisional Round (24/37 for 311 net yards passing), but didn't manage to throw for a single TD (zero TDs or interceptions thrown at Denver). Tom Brady attempted a whopping 56 passes at Denver two weeks ago (27/56 for 292 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown with four sacks taken for -18 yards) but watched his team lose 18-20 due to a missed two-point conversion. The Denver pass D isn't at the top of their collective game entering Super Bowl 50. Newton is hot, while the Broncos' pass defense hasn't been impressive of late, but dominated during regular season - this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

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19 vs SEA 0 1 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.1
20 vs ARI 0 1 22 1 2 2 52 0 0 13.4
21 at DEN 0 0 0 0 10 4 74 0 0 7.4
21 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4 * * * *
21 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
21 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 20 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 1 rush)

Of all of life's greatest mysteries, from aliens to deities, Ted Ginn's season is up there with that which we may truly never understand. His touchdown, a 22-yard run in which he juked would-be tacklers and traversed the entire field, was the highlight many focused on, but there was another less-heralded play Ginn made that was equally important. Ginn's chase-down tackle of Patrick Peterson after his interception saved a touchdown that would have cut the Panthers' first-half lead to 10. With Palmer throwing an interception on the next play, the importance of Ginn's tackle was amplified. That was the Cardinals last best chance at making it a game, and Ginn's hustle single-handedly prevented that.

2015 Week 16 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

After managing to go low and scoop a low pass on the opening drive, Ted Ginn Jr. was kept bottled up by the Falcons after roasting them for a pair of touchdowns only two weeks before. Ginn, like the rest of the offense, was forced to feed on scraps and their opportunities were limited as the Falcons offense bossed time of possession. The deep passing attack was non-existent as the Falcons secondary blanketed receivers and forced Newton into check-downs. Ginn had to briefly leave the game after being tripped up on a downfield block, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power.

2015 Week 15 vs NYG (14 / 6 / 85 / 2 rec)

In an impressive performance from the speedster, Ted Ginn Jr. notched two more touchdown catches to take his season total to 10, but it could have been more had he and Cam Newton executed more efficiently. The Giants' respect for Ginn was obvious from the first snap, as they often showed off-man coverage pre-snap, allowing Ginn to make a quick break inside on an early slant route to gain 23 yards. Ginn made an outstanding play to bail out Newton not long after; a deep throw intended for Ginn was off line and appeared to be landing in the hands of the waiting safety for an interception before the heady receiver broke it up with an outstretched paw. Another deep shot in Ginn's direction on a post pattern was broken up in the middle of the end zone, but he may have been able to catch it had Newton not left it a few yards short. In what has become a trademark of Ginn's game, he dropped a certain touchdown pass after perfectly faking a defender out on a double move. Ginn's first touchdown catch came on a well-designed play in the red zone. Lined up out wide on the two receiver side, Ginn faked the safety inside before breaking out to the back left corner of the end zone. Newton did not hesitate and found him for the score. Ginn's second touchdown catch came on a well-designed play against an anticipated blitz. Setting up short for a quick pass, Ginn allowed his blocks to develop on a wide receiver screen and dashed into the end zone.

2015 Week 14 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 120 / 2 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

The recipient of two of Cam Newton's three touchdown passes, Ted Ginn exorcised some of the demons of his drops in New Orleans with this performance. An early red zone target saw Ginn run a slant route on the backside of the play as Newton rolled right; however, when Newton fired the pass in, it was well defended. Newton would soon find Ginn on a deep pass that went for a 74-yard score. Ginn got on top of the defensive back early and appeared to push off a little bit at the catch point in order to buy himself a yard. However, a defensive foul was called for illegal contact. Ginn needed only to turn on the afterburners and head for the end zone. Sensing blood in the water, the Panthers went back to Ginn on a deep route for his second touchdown reception. Against a two-deep look, Ginn bisected the safeties with a middle linebacker in trail coverage. The speedy receiver quickly separated from the underneath defender, allowing Newton to find him for what was an easy touchdown after the safety on Ginn's side of the field did not maintain his depth.

2015 Week 13 vs NO (10 / 5 / 80 / 2 rec)

The much-maligned Ted Ginn Jr's hands could have made him the goat of this game had the Panthers not pulled out a victory. The speedster consistently took the top off the defense, giving Brandon Browner headaches all afternoon with his quick breaks and ability to stretch the field. The day started off poorly, with a target towards Ginn resulting in an interception. The cornerback on the play, Delvin Breaux, had excellent tight coverage and the pass was simply not on, but Ginn failed to get separation. Ginn and his quarterback had difficulty connecting early, with overthrows and drops the main culprit. Ginn hauled in his first of two touchdown receptions on a go route in the red zone, with the Saints dropping a coverage to make it an easy pitch and catch. His second touchdown came on a deep crossing pattern; at the release, he blew past the cornerback and presented a huge window for Cam Newton to throw into. Despite his pair of scores, he could have had another but for a horrendous drop. Newton laid the football out perfectly in front of him, only for Ginn to let the ball volley off his hands a couple of times before it fell harmlessly to the turf. A subsequent deep target could have also resulted in a touchdown; the ball hit Ginn's hands, but admittedly it would have been a tougher catch to make.

2015 Week 12 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ted Ginn was not targeted and made no catches against the Cowboys, but this lack of action came down more to the flow of the game than anything else. Ginn is seeing a downtick in his snap count due to the continued solid play of rookie Devin Funchess. With the Panthers in control of the game for the most part, however, the vertical element of the offense a dimension Ginn spearheads was not required.

2015 Week 11 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)

Ted Ginn did most of his damage in the short game against Washington, eschewing his deeper responsibilities in a match-up the Panthers controlled. Ginn snagged a nice pass against off man coverage to keep a Carolina drive alive early, before drawing pass interference on an end zone target after beating his man on a quick out. Ginn was not to be denied pay dirt, however. He executed the scramble drill to good effect with his quarterback, finding room at the back of the end zone and diving for a football laid there by Newton. Initially the pass was called incomplete, but it was overturned by challenge. Ginn showed solid hands all game and did not drop a pass.

2015 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

A beautiful punt return touchdown that showed off Ginn's tremendous straight-line speed and strength was taken off the board due to a block in the back penalty, but the receiver looked to channel that frustration into his game. When the Panthers offense began to stutter in the second half under the weight of Tennessee blitz pressure, Cam Newton targeted Ginn on shorter patterns to get some rhythm going. The strategy worked, as Ginn converted a key third down with a savvy play on the sideline, showing good awareness to stay in bounds with both feet while securing the catch. Later, a deep target in Ginn's direction drew an unnecessary roughness penalty as a Titans defensive back came flying across and nearly beheaded the veteran receiver. Ginn excelled on timing routes early with the offense in rhythm, but played a key role in getting the team out of its second-half funk as well.

2015 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Normally the go-to receiver in the passing attack, Ted Ginn Jr was kept under wraps in this game. The Packers played a lot of two-high coverage concepts to prevent deeper patterns, but Ginn could have had a more productive game were it not for a pair of inaccurate Cam Newton passes that sailed. Ginn made a nice move off the line to gain separation for his lone catch of the game, a quick slant that went for 20 yards. The receiver did not have a poor game, per se; it came down more to the Panthers controlling the game and moving away the passing attack, and their offense getting bogged down in the second half.

2015 Week 8 vs IND (10 / 2 / 60 / 0 rec)

It was a game of near misses for Ted Ginn Jr., who could have hauled in two deep touchdown passes if not for circumstances conspiring against him. With conditions as wet as they were, getting traction with quick breaks as a receiver proved difficult. Ginn managed to offset that with some carefully run routes, including an out-and-up that he managed to beat his cornerback on for a big gain down the right sideline. The pass was thrown slightly behind Ginn, but he quickly came back to the football. A nice catch and run on a shallow cross was nullified by a Greg Olsen penalty for offensive pass interference, as Ginn showed his speed in the open field. In overtime, Ginn committed his biggest error - and it could have been costly for the Panthers. Seeing Ginn wide open down the left sideline with only end zone ahead of him, Newton flew a pass in his direction. Ginn looked it in the whole way but somehow it caromed off his chest and fell incomplete.

2015 Week 7 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 43 / 0 rush)

Ted Ginn Jr. seemed to embrace the prime time stage against the Eagles, producing one of his finer performances in Carolina. Ginn showed good technique to get separation on his inside-breaking routes, consistently showcasing a second gear out of his break that the Eagles defensive backs simply couldn't match. His timing with his quarterback was evident throughout. Ginn displayed a burst of a speed in the third quarter on a 43-yard reverse, as he followed a couple of terrific blocks downfield. A target intended for Ginn resulted in a bizarre interception in the first quarter - his only down point in the game - as Newton fired a pass into his belly on a slant route. As Ginn went to the ground, the ball was ripped out of his hands and, after review, it was ruled that Ginn was not down by contact and the interception would stand. Apart from that one blip on the radar, Ginn provided a much-needed speed element to the offense and showed excellent chemistry with Cam Newton throughout.

2015 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Ted Ginn only made one catch, but were it not for a great effort to affect Cam Newton's arm on one particular play, it could have been so much more. Ginn had blown past Cary Williams on a deep pattern on the play, but Newton's arm was hit on the follow through and the ball was intercepted. Newton went back to Ginn later in the second half, but overthrew him by a few yards; it appeared Ginn was interfered with on the play, but no flag was thrown.

2015 Week 4 vs TB (3 / 2 / 18 / 2 rec)

Ted Ginn Jr. has become the go-to target for his quarterback in the absence of veteran Jerricho Cotchery. Ginn still has issues making contested catches, and showed that shortfall on a quick slant route that caromed off his hands to the turf, but his quickness in and out of breaks has separated him from the rest of this receiving corps. Ginn hauled in two touchdown passes on his two catches. The first came on a quick out in the red zone after a Newton audible. The cornerback up against Ginn had given him a cushion, and he exploited it with a lightning-fast break, reeling in the Newton pass. His second was on a shallow crossing route as he defeated the coverage which was poor with a burst of speed across the formation.

2015 Week 3 vs NO (6 / 4 / 93 / 0 rec)

The majority of Ted Ginn's targets were deep, and although he and Newton failed to hook up on a pair of them, Ginn nonetheless made his impact felt. His first catch was an impressive show of toughness as he absorbed a punishing hit in the small of the back just as he made the grab, but managed to hold on. Ginn hauled in a beautiful 55-yard bomb from Newton after gaining a step on the cornerback in coverage and turning on the afterburners. A subsequent deep target saw Ginn lose the football in mid-flight, but the signs are encouraging that this connection will continue to thrive.

2015 Week 2 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)

Clearly the deep threat of the offense, Newton tried to find his speedster early on a deep pass down the left sideline but the pass was thrown too far to the outside and went out of bounds. Houston's respect for Ginn's speed meant he had room on the outside for a pair of short receptions in the second quarter. Ginn showed poor technique on a key third down drop, attempting to let the football into his body instead of attacking it with his hands. He put the drop behind him with his touchdown, however, executing a perfect double move to gain separation and running underneath Newton's pass.

2015 Week 1 vs JAX (7 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)

Ted Ginn Jr. was named a starter last week and his performance gave no sign that he will be surrendering the job any time soon. Ginn was quick out of his breaks and seemed to be in sync with Cam Newton on the shorter, timing patterns. He has lost none of his world class speed, as he showed on a play that should have resulted in a touchdown. Ginn broke free down the right sideline after the Jaguars defensive backs got their wires crossed. With no defender within 10 yards of him, however, Ginn dropped a catchable, albeit not ideal, pass from Newton. A walk-in touchdown would have ensued. Ginn was the target of a quick slant pass from Newton in the red zone, but the football was delivered with too much zip and Ginn couldn't hold on. Ginn's most impressive play came on a crossing pattern. Breaking quickly away from cornerback Davon House, Ginn streaked across the field and Newton was able to find him with a precision pass.

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