SPARTANBURG, SC (WCCB Charlotte) — For nine seasons Ted Ginn has never been the oldest guy in the receiving room.
He will be this year.
“My wife really lets me know sometimes,” Ginn said with a smile. “Yeah, baby and we keep on going.”
Ginn replaces Jerricho Cotchery as the oldest wide receiver on the Panthers roster. Ginn, 31, now claims ownership to the receiving room and all of the ‘responsibilities’ that come with it.
“There’s a certain amount of respect of being who you are,” Ginn said. “A lot of things are second nature to me now. I know when to talk and when not to talk. I think that’s the type of language you have to have when you play in the league like that.”
Ginn is coming off his best statistical season as a pro. The ten receiving touchdowns doubled his previous single-season career best he had as a Panther in 2013. Ginn’s 15 touchdowns as a Panther in his two seasons in Carolina accounts for 15 of his 21 receiving touchdowns in his career.
“What meant a lot to me last year was that I was a brother,” Ginn said. “I went out and played for the guy right next to me.”
The role for Ted Ginn in his tenth season will likely be decreased with the return of Kelvin Benjamin to the starting lineup. Ginn exercised his veteran leadership when approaching the different role and is looking to help the team in whatever way the coach’s see fit.
“It’s nothing really different. You still have to go out there with that same mindset that I’m still the guy. You always have to be like that. My goal is the same goals is to be a team-player and make sure my guys in my room are educated and ready to play.”