Panthers' WR Jarrett Needs Breakout Season

Charles BloomfieldContributor IJune 5, 2009

SAN DIEGO , CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Dwayne Jarrett #80 of the Carolina Panthers leaps for the reception during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 7, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Panthers defeated the Chargers 26-24. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers' wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett has been quiet, since being drafted in 2007. He struggled learning the offense and getting off the line of scrimmage. He was inactive for the majority of his rookie season, catching only six passes. Jarrett has yet to score his first NFL touchdown.

During the 2008 season, Jarrett caught 10 passes for 119 yards. Carolina expects more improvement from him in '09. He battled with D.J. Hackett for the number three wideout spot throughout the season, and eventually won the job. Jarrett made a couple of big catches on third downs, which convinced Carolina to release D.J. Hackett.

The 6-foot-4, 219 pound receiver is bigger than most of the NFL cornerbacks. He's strong at jumping up and getting the ball. He may not be the fastest, but has enough speed to get open. He's pretty much like another Muhsin Muhammad or Jerry Rice.

Jarrett is now the Panthers' third wideout and has a chance to become someone special. Expect Jarrett to compete with Jason Carter, Kenneth Moore and Ryne Robinson, during training camp.

If Jarrett does not show progress this season, the Panthers may part ways with him.