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With Edwards not getting a jersey and Charly Martin placed on injured reserve last week with a hamstring injury, the Panthers dressed only three receivers against the Bucs. Rosario was used in some three- and four-receiver sets, and couldn’t come up with a slightly overthrown ball that would’ve been a touchdown.

“That’s an example that there are plays to be made,” Rosario said. “If a few things go a little bit differently for us, it’s a different game.”

Moore might still have a starting job if he didn’t overthrow an open Gettis for what would’ve also been a touchdown Sunday. Yet the sixth-round pick, known for his speed, still thinks he can become a much-needed deep threat.

“I think the coaches are pushing that _ use what God gave you, use your abilities, use what we brought you here for and use it every snap,” Gettis said. “And that’s what I plan to do.”

It would help if Jarrett finally showed the potential Carolina expected when it took him and released Keyshawn Johnson days later. Jarrett has been criticized for his work ethic and not knowing the playbook, was arrested for driving while impaired and has caught one NFL touchdown pass in four seasons.

“I wouldn’t say angry, more frustrated than anything,” Jarrett said on not starting. “But what can you do? You just have to go out there and keep working hard. Hopefully, I get my opportunity.”

The Panthers, the NFL’s youngest team, can only hope someone steps forward to give Clausen help in his first NFL start Sunday against Cincinnati.

If not, he wouldn’t be the first Carolina QB to struggle to find anyone to throw to after Smith.

“We have to make more plays for whoever is under center,” said tight end Jeff King, still looking for his first catch of the season. “It’s not all Matt’s fault.”

Notes: Smith remained limited in practice with a sore thigh, but is expected to play Sunday. … The Panthers signed former Jets WR Marcus Henry to the practice squad and released RB Josh Vaughan.

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