Dwayne Jarrett Wants a ‘Divorce’ From Carolina

New York Giants Corey Webster (R) knocks the ball away from Carolina Panthers Dwayne Jarrett (L) during the second half in their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

A picture is worth 1,000 words.

This photo pretty much sums up the career of Dwayne Jarrett during his time in Carolina. Always promising, but not always able to deliver what he speaks of.

Just when I thought I was going to have to beat another dead horse, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett saves the day! How often does a “bust” get to claim that? Unfortunately for Jarrett, it didn’t take place on the field, and instead he just saved me from writing another monotonous piece.

I respect the guy for wanting to go play for a team that might utilize him more than Carolina has. Overall, he’s shown raw talent when given opportunities, and I can certainly understand his desire for a trade in order to be given a more serious chance at playing time.

But from what teams does he expect to generate interest? I’m not going to BS anyone and say the guy has a chance at being a phenomenal receiver somewhere else, but under the right conditions he has the talent and ability to be a solid receiver.

Over the course of four years, Jarrett’s caught 35 passes … Nothing to brag about at first glance. How many have been thrown in his direction, 50? 60? Not much more than that, I would guess. So off of even 70 passes, in which exactly half were caught for a total of 428 yards, is it really fair to label Dwayne Jarrett a bust?

Are we annoyed with his lack of production? Sure. But even that’s not fair when considering a few components which have more or less aided in his lack of success. Of course there are the personal issues — immaturity being the greatest. But let’s look at late last season and this season. It’s at this point in which Jarrett has started to look a little bit a different player.

His route-running improved slightly late last season, and he even caught the first touchdown of his professional career. Of course his first TD reception was a pass caught from now former starting quarterback Matt Moore. Not once was Jarrett able to snake a touchdown from Jake Delhomme. Immaturity played a big factor in the mind of the 24-year-old wideout early on, and perhaps that was his undoing at the time with a quarterback who needed acrobatic catches from receivers.

Carolina’s offensive scheme isn’t typically friendly to receivers, either. I love the running game (when it’s being used to it’s potential) in Carolina, but it does hurt the opportunities of a player who dwells on passes that are far and few between in coming his direction.

When passes have come Jarrett’s way, he’s been pretty solid at catching them between last year and this year. Which makes me wonder, why not allow the kid more opportunities? Is it because John Fox has so much faith in two rookie wideouts? Have they played that much better than Jarrett has so far this season?

Jarrett hasn’t personally asked a team representative that he be traded. His agent has, however, or that Jarrett be released at the end of the season — or at anytime now, if Carolina doesn’t have much use for him.

In another system, I’m inclined to believe Jarrett should fare better, so long as his maturing is truly genuine, and he can pick up a new offensive scheme rather quickly, because if he doesn’t know by now, other teams won’t be as accommodating as the Panthers were with him early in his career. In the meantime, Jarrett’s concern needs to be be making plays when and if he is called upon to do so. His biggest concern first, is “if.”

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  • http://carolinapanthercoalition.com/ kenneth picklesimer

    well I my self think we should have Cut him this preseason keep Kenneth Moore

  • Mark

    Have to agree with you here… He has shown signs that he can play at the NFL level,but Fox has a hard time allowing young guys to contribute. Fox has a laundry list of players who have rode his bench,only to leave for another team and prosper.

    I hope Jarrett,just like Steve,will be able to go somewhere that will utilize their talents and also give them a chance to win.

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

      Well, hopefully something will get going here in Carolina soon, before either happens. I’d much rather see them be successful for this team than elsewhere. Thanks for the comment, Mark!

  • John

    Is that picture really the one you want to use to sum up Jarrett? A poorly thrown ball that the DB has better position on and that should have never been thrown behind the receiver? That ball needed to go over the top and be in front of the receiver. Says more about our play calling and inconsistent QB play to me.

    As for Jarrett, like Fox, it’s time. I can see him being productive but I think he needs a change of scenery. The Panthers have made it clear where he is in their eyes and have done so since his first season IMO.

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

      It was the most recent pic of him, and I didn’t want to use one where he was catching a pass…That would have nullified my argument. ;)

  • John

    Ah well this conversation is probably moot now. Jarrett picked up his second DWI early this morning. Him not being Smith my guess is we have seen his last down as a Panther. I feel he has been misused and really never given a shot here but that’s no excuse for taking others lives into your hands. I hope he gets some help and a fresh start.

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

      I completely agree.