Prediction: Dwayne Jarrett Set to ‘Bring It’ in 2010


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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