Prediction: Dwayne Jarrett Set to 'Bring It' in 2010

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A bust, overrated, under-performing, useless, sucks: Adjectives used to describe the career of wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.

Jarrett, who was a second round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Southern Cal, hasn’t really proven his worth as a second-round pick. He hasn’t wowed anyone, he’s usually lackluster, and at times he even seems to move awkwardly on the field.

Perhaps it was anticipation of having former quarterback Jake Delhomme look his way and pass him the ball, while knowing deep inside Delhomme was usually eying only one receiver.

Jump man, jump!

This year, Dwayne Jarrett is in a contract year. He also has a new agent representing him in Drew Rosenhaus. Considering the type of agent Rosenhaus is, it makes one wonder if regardless of the outcome of Jarrett’s season, will he be re-signed to Carolina?

Coincidentally, the Panthers are also without one Jake Delhomme on the roster. Which to my belief should make things a little more interesting for the Panthers’ core of receivers, Jarrett included.

I’ve said for the entire offseason, that with quarterback Matt Moore connecting with Jarrett for a couple years during practices and training camps — for all intents and purposes, there should be chemistry between the two. Add in the fact that Moore hasn’t suffered a sort of mental breakdown like Delhomme did a year ago, and things seem to be looking up for Jarrett already.

One good thing out of all of this, is that regardless of what I say, Jarrett accepts the blame for his poor performance.

It’s nobody’s fault. I’m not pointing fingers at anybody. I’ll take full responsibility. There were a lot of things I had to learn coming in, and it’s still a continue-to-learn process. You always have to be a student of the game. –Panthers WR Dwayne Jarrett

This offseason, the Panthers hired former Buffalo Bills receivers coach, Tyke Tolbert. A move that has been welcomed, especially by Jarrett, as former receivers coach Richard Williams often clashed with Jarrett via his old school approach of coaching.

At this point in time, Jarrett has matured. He’s watching more game film, and a strict special diet had Jarrett arrive at workouts in top condition.

Tolbert has also given Jarrett a clean slate. He was aware of Jarrett’s shortfalls under Williams, but decided it best to allow Jarrett a new beginning of sorts.

What’s going to be looked upon in my mind is what he does henceforth. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. He works out everyday. He’s lost a lot of weight compared to what he was last year. He’s done all the right things. –Receivers coach Tyke Tolbert on Dwayne Jarrett

All very encouraging words spoken of a young man whom many have perhaps prematurely destined for the scrap heap.

After seeing that goal line grab made by Jarrett to seal the win for the Panthers over the Saints, I had an odd feeling that perhaps this is the turning of a new leaf for him.

In only three starts of his entire three year NFL career, Jarrett has scored one touchdown. Is it still too early to proclaim Jarrett a bust? It’s far too early to say Jarrett’s going to be a solid No. Two receiver. For now, the heat is on. The Panthers are chock full at the receiver position, so there will be plenty of competition, with only a few spots for those who want it enough.

In the meantime, I’ll stand behind and root for the resurgence of Dwayne Jarrett.

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  • ChazAtlas

    (“This offseason, the Panthers hired former Buffalo Bills receivers coach, Tyke Tolbert.”)

    The Panthers are my team and I support them 100%. Thus I wish Coach Tolbert the best and much success. At the same time, hiring the former “Buffalo Bills” receivers coach is questionable to me. During Tolbert’s tenure in Buffalo from 2004-2009, the Bills never made it to the playoffs. I hope to God Jerry & Co. see something in Tolbert that is intangible. Because the most important thing Tyke doesn’t bring to the Panthers is a successful track record.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Hi Chaz, and thanks for the comment.

      In his time with the Bills, Buffalo never really had an offensive line to protect the QB, which is needed to have a successful passing game. Just watch what happens with the Bills this year, since Ralph Wilson decided the need for running back in the first round was far greater than addressing the offensive line’s needs.

      With Carolina having one of the top O-lines in the league, we will definitely see what Tolbert brings. So far Steve Smith likes him, and Dwayne Jarrett’s going to bring it this year (my prediction). So who’s going to get the credit for that? Tolbert.

  • bigb

    IMO Dwayne Jarrett = Carson Palmer… he has all the physical needs covered but for some reason just can’t get it done on the field. I don’t know if it is he route running or what, but he is having trouble at the pro level. I think he may have some good games, but he won’t be a #2 at Carolina. I think we should trade Dwayne to Seattle for Deon Butler or Patrick Carter.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I’m going to respectfully disagree with you that Jarrett won’t be a #2 in Carolina, Bigb. I like what I’ve heard and read about him so far this offseason, and I liked what I saw from him late last season, too.

      Thanks for the read and comment!

  • John

    Tolbert has had success even at Buffalo. He is widely credited with the development of Evans as a rookie. He helped Moulds to 88 catches. While he was with Arizona he coached Boldin to Rookie of the Year honors. I think his resume is pretty good and it’s hard to blame him for the issues in Buffalo the last couple of years.

    I have often heard it said Jarret is the best receiver on the practice field regularly making impressive catches. So there is something there talent wise. But the confidence on game day has been the issue. And let’s face it the Panthers have never really given him a chance to gain that confidence. Most WRs don’t produce much consistently until their 3rd year or so. And WRs who don’t get on the field enough take longer.

    This is his year to make or break. I think with Jake gone whoever is QB will spread it around more. Moore certainly did last year and we finally saw the kind of play we have been waiting for from Jarret near the end. I also saw him doing some good downfield blocking last year. If he stays healthy and if we finally get into some more 3 and 4 wide sets he will get a chance to prove himself. I wish him all the best.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I’m with you all around here, John. Nice contribution!