Ron Rivera believes the Carolina Panthers can replicate the production of Steve Smith in aggregate.

"Look at it this way," Rivera said. "Last year we rushed 15 out of 16 games for 100 yards. We were fourth in the league in total time of possession.

"Our receivers averaged -- as a group, collectively -- 10 catches a game. We have to replace those 10 catches a game. If we are going to continue to run the ball successfully, on the average, we have to make 10 catches a game."

But not all receptions are alike and Smith was fourth in the NFL among wide receivers with 15 missed tackles last season.