WR Dwayne Jarrett Starts Training Camp on the Wrong Route

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett #80 of the Carolina Panthers grabs a warm-up pass before play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Panthers won 31 - 23. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Lost? That’s a word fourth-year wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and Carolina Panthers fans are quite familiar with.

After a long offseason of what should have been preparation and soul searching, Jarrett started training camp on Thursday on the wrong route.

Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer pointed out a couple of things about Jarrett’s first day on the field at Panthers’ training camp.

If WR Dwayne Jarrett’s trying to make an impression, he’s off to a poor start. He ran the wrong route on one play during the morning session, watching the ball sail helplessly 10 yards behind him. As coaches began to point out his error, he limped slightly as if he was hurt, but was back out on the field moments later. –Darin Gantt, Charlotte Observer

I’m not going to jump on the guy’s case at this point, giving him some space; given that training camp has only begun. Everyone is prone to making mistakes on their first day back. The rookies make their share as much as the veterans do. Even Steve Smith has made mistakes in camp.

Some would say we’re making excuses for Jarrett, well…not exactly, since it’s more logic than excuse. I don’t know what the limping back to the sideline was all about. Perhaps it was his unspoken way of “hey, let me get at it again.”

In the meantime, Gantt also reported that during the night session, rookie wideout Brandon LaFell is already building a strong case to be the No. 2 receiver opposite Steve Smith (when Smitty returns).

On special teams Mike Goodson, Tyrell Sutton, Armanti Edwards, Dexter Jackson, Brian Witherspoon, and Trent Guy all shared return duties. It’s looking as though Goodson might be leading the group for now.

The team also put MLB Jon Beason at weakside to see how he looked. Beason’s not impressed with himself (when compared to Thomas Davis) at the position, but he did play at weakside both at “The U” and to start his professional career. When asked which position he’d rather play, Beason responded, “the only reason I’d prefer to be in the middle is because it’s something I have done, and I’ve done it at a high level. I do have that comfort zone. But if I can help the team out, I want to do it. If I’ve got to play running back, I’ll do it. I don’t know if that helps the team, in my opinion it would.”

Well, I hope we never need to utilize Beason as a running back. Though the team might need him at fullback, so we’ll see what happens there.

Day Two of training camp gets underway today! We’ll be back later this evening to recap the day’s events.

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  • J. Gore

    Unlike you Eric I’m ready to throw DJ under the bus. But I’m gonna hold off on that now. I’ve supported the guy for the last three seasons, wanting to see the potential he’d shown at USC. It’s still early yet but so far other than a couple plays last season it just doesn’t seem to be there. By him reaching for his hamstring but then almost immediately returning to play it makes me feel like he’s reaching for a crutch to get the coaching staff to stop calling him out. Maybe a misplaced ego. On the other hand if he really has tweeked his hammy he may be sucking it up and trying to play through the pain. Either way I’m affraid the breakout season we were all hoping for may be in serious jeopardy. All that being said I know this, I’m hearing alot of other guys making plays and making mistakes. But their play and effort isn’t under the magnifying glass like his will be this summer. Unless he picks it up tremendously from day one, he will be looking for work. Enter the young “Buck” aka-”Sticks”, “Moose 2.0″, Brandon LaFell. Good luck to you DJ, you need it now more than ever.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      In the end, the time is now for Jarrett to put up or shut up. If he doesn’t perform in training camp, he will be gone before regular season. He’s only hurting himself. I don’t feel bad for him at all, especially now, given the extra reps he will be receiving — at least until the point where he proves the coaching staff right or wrong.

  • Mark

    Personally, I am ready for some new blood. DJ has been a huge disappointment,as has alot of other guys that were supposed to be our #2. I am really feeling good about Brandon, I believe we have finally found that guy who will take some pressure off of Smitty and open up our TE.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      You could be right about LaFell, however he’s still a rookie and prone to rookie mistakes. As for Jarrett, he is still ahead of everyone else for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. I’ve been told that over the past couple of days, Jarrett has shown improvement. I’ve also noticed Darin Gantt has been unusually quiet about Jarrett since the opening of TC. Nothing to complain about, perhaps?

  • J. Gore

    Perhaps no news is good news.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Let’s hope so, J.

  • J. Gore

    Heard #80 made a few nice plays today. But I still didn’t hear his name as often as a few other guys. Seems like Gantt is expecting DJ to stay on the roster based on the fact he’s been in the system for 3 years. If he does get a roster spot I pray that this isn’t the reason why. We need production from our receivers now and with guys apparently staying on the roster for special teams skills we don’t need to let him cost a young guy a spot simply because he’s been in the system longer. This bothers me more than any other concern we have right now. I hope it becomes clear cut by the end of the 2nd preseason game. One thing about it though we should be able to stash wr’s alot easier than one of our qb’s. Break out or bust DJ!!