Dexter Jackson Among Receivers Fighting for a Job

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The Panthers are stocked at receiver this time around — overstocked, as a matter of fact.

Aside from 10-year veteran Steve Smith, there are 10 unknowns vying for one-of-three remaining roster spots on the receiving corps’ depth chart.

Dwayne Jarrett and Kenneth Moore have proven themselves to be inconsistent thus-far.

While I tend to believe Jarrett will pick up the slack this season due to his familiarity with Matt Moore’s skill set, I also have to keep reminding myself, that this is a receiver who hasn’t grasped the offense in general, and has poor work habits.

Dexter Jackson, a product of Appalachian State,  was a second-round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. He was released by the Bucs in 2009, and Carolina signed him later in the season. In the meantime, he’s been “hidden” on the practice squad.

Undrafted rookie free agent and Charlotte native Trent Guy received praise from John Fox on Sunday, as did rookie third-round selection Armanti Edwards.

Charly Martin, Brandon LaFell, Wallace Wright, Oliver Young, and David Gettis are also among the 10 not named Steve Smith, working for a roster spot for the 2010 season.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this all pans out, and watching the cream rise to the top.

Can Jarrett resurrect his failing career? Will Edwards make a smooth transition from quarterback to wide receiver? Will the new corps of receivers be able to combine their speed with accurate pass-catching abilities? Who among those mentioned, will become a threat as the return specialist?

These questions and more, are sure to be answered in the upcoming weeks.

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  • Mike

    If they are looking for a speed receiver, Trent Guy is their man. While at West Charlotte High School, he was the state champ in track his junior and senior year. He also ran track and played ball at Louisville. He should playing on opening day

    • Eric Quackenbush

      We’ll see. Competition is thick at the position. Running track doesn’t always translate onto the football field. Kind of like being an Olympic Skier doesn’t translate, either (a-la Eagles’ Jeremy Bloom).

      I’m not totally discounting your opinion, just putting it on an even keel :)

      Thanks Mike!

  • kenneth picklesimer

    It’s a bit strange to think we now have a WR & a QB-turned-WR who played together in college. Could they do a trick play?

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Perhaps. I’d like to believe that we will see some “wildcat” plays this season, since we do have a threat under center in that situation. It’s not a play I want the team to rely on like some teams do, but it would catch defenses off guard, since the man under center could run the ball himself just as well as pass it to a receiver.