Carolina rook spells trouble for Dwayne Jarrett

Most of us remember Dwayne Jarrett’s teary eyed farewell speech when he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.  His heart appeared to be torn between what was best for him and what was best for his family.

That decision made USC’s all time leader in receptions the 45th overall pick in the 2007 draft.  He resented the fall to the second-round, and vowed to prove his abilities on the field and expose the error of all those passing him over.

Four years later, he has failed to provide evidence to shame 31 General Managers, instead solidifying their selections and option to let him pass. After three dismal seasons with the Panthers, the receiver finds himself fighting for more than stardom and a spot opposite Steve Smith beneath the bright lights of Carolina.  The addition of rookie Brandon LaFell has him battling to be among the names on the opening day roster.

LaFell has drawn rave reviews in camp and advanced to taking first-team reps with the offense.  In contrast, Jarrett is being labeled a “big disappointment”, as noted by ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas last week, and many other observers as the days continue to pass.

As they’ve been doing for his entire career, the Panthers are hoping the light suddenly comes on for this wide receiver. He’s still running with the first team, but all indications are it’s just not happening for Jarrett. There’s still some work to be done and polish to be added, but the Panthers are starting to think rookie Brandon LaFell is their best option at the starting position opposite Smith. Jarrett basically is fighting for a roster spot at this point. The fact he’s still making mental mistakes this far into his career means there’s a good chance he’s gone before the preseason is over. —ESPN

LSU suddenly becomes the double-edged sword that may sever the ties between Jarrett and the franchise that drafted him.  Tyke Tolbert recently took over as the Panthers receivers coach, after spending the last six years with the Buffalo Bills.  He played wide receiver at Louisiana State, where he was also a grad assistant.  Those Baton Rouge Tigers also produced Brandon LaFell, who was selected in the third-round of April’s draft.

Jarrett still has a few weeks to turn it around, but if he continues to struggle throughout the preseason, the future won’t be promising for the man entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Notes: Justin Fargas passed a physical and signed with the Denver Broncos.  The running back was released by the Raiders earlier this year, and the rumor out of Oakland was that he was physically unable to pass the exam.  It looks more like the Raiders couldn’t pass on the amount of money they would save by not picking up his roster bonus.  Fargas joins LenDale White in the Mile High City.  Denver’s stable has become the walking wounded, so there is no guarantee that both former Trojans will survive the final cut when healthy bodies return to the roster.

The Houston Texans are appealing to have Brian Cushing’s suspension lifted or shortened. The defensive rookie of the year was hit with a four-game suspension for a violation of league substance abuse policies. The Texans will be raising the defense of “Overtrained Athlete’s Syndrome“, which apparently caused a hormonal spike that led to Cushing testing positive for a drug he says he’s never taken.  I don’t think Houston will get what they’re asking for, but I will give them an “A” for originality.

Joe McKnight was drafted to be a pass catching threat out of the Jets backfield, and he continues to drop balls.  But hey, dropped passes are a step up from regurgitating on the field.—Hooray, progress!


~ by Anthony on August 11, 2010.

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