Carolina's Ginn looks to capitalize on fresh start

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ted Ginn Jr. is looking to take advantage of a "fresh start" with the Carolina Panthers and prove to critics he can still play wide receiver in the NFL.

Ginn left the San Francisco 49ers this offseason as a free agent after what he called a "tough season." Although the 49ers reached the Super Bowl, Ginn was a non-factor in the passing game catching only two passes.

He was used in the return game, primarily on kickoffs, but Ginn says he can contribute more.

Ginn says "I want to show the world that I can still play receiver. I got kind of bashed over the years, being labeled a specialist."

Ginn has impressed so far in OTAs and minicamp with coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton singing his praises.

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