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Former Panthers fourth-round pick WR Joe Adams has been released by the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos.

The last we heard of 24-year-old Adams, he was working out for the Raiders last October. He was the 104th pick in the 2012 draft, flaming out after one season in Carolina. Small (5'11/179) and not particularly fast (4.55), Adams was never a particularly good NFL bet, and couldn't hang on in Canada, either.

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Free agent WR Joe Adams worked out for the Raiders on Tuesday.

It's Adams' first known workout since he was cut loose by the Panthers. The 2012 fourth-rounder was a bust as a rookie, catching just one pass while failing to stand out as a returner. He lost three fumbles despite limited playing time.

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Panthers waived/injured WR Joe Adams and DT Frank Kearse.

Adams is shaping up as one of ex-GM Marty Hurney's final busts. The 2012 fourth-rounder caught just one pass as a rookie.

Joe Adams WR CAR Nov 24 '12

Panthers rookie WR Joe Adams has reclaimed punt-return duties from Captain Munnerlyn while Armanti Edwards is locked in on kickoff returns.

Adams returned a pair of punts for 27 yards last week. "Joe was exciting," coach Ron Rivera said. "I was real happy for him." Edwards has returned five kickoffs for 105 yards since Kealoha Pilares was lost for the season. "Armanti is really relishing his role," said Rivera. "The last couple of weeks, he's really hit it strong."

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Coach Ron Rivera confirmed that rookie WR/PR Joe Adams will likely be active Sunday if Armanti Edwards (calf) is held out.

In the doghouse thanks to a spate of early-season fumbles, Adams would work into the mix with Captain Munnerlyn on punt returns. David Gettis would likely take over for Edwards on kickoff returns, as Adams isn't yet trusted in that department.

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Rookie WR Joe Adams has been removed from the kick returner job.

Adams fumbled two kickoffs against the Giants last Thursday. He'll be replaced by Kealoha Pilares. Adams is expected to stick as the primary punt returner.

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The Charlotte Observer projects rookie Joe Adams as "exclusively" a slot receiver in Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski's offense.

It's hardly breaking news for a 179-pound player, but does confirm Adams won't be involved in the No. 2 receiver battle between Brandon LaFell and David Gettis. Adams should also return punts, with Kealoha Pilares handling kickoffs.

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Panthers agreed to terms with No. 104 overall pick WR Joe Adams on a four-year contract.

The Southeastern Conference special teams player of the year, Adams is expected to shuttle former third-round reach Armanti Edwards off the roster. Adams should make an immediate impact as a return specialist, though he may have to bulk up before taking over slot duties for good.