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Signs Of Hope: Panthers Release Dwayne Jarrett; Claim WR Clowney off Waivers

Following his second DWI in less than three years, Carolina cut-ties with the former second-round pick, who has failed to reach expectations in his four-year career.
Following his second DWI in less than three years, Carolina cut-ties with the former second-round pick, who has failed to reach expectations in his four-year career.Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Evan HigginsCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2016

Not long after fourth-year receiver Dwayne Jarrett collected his second DWI in less than 3 years, Carolina released the former second-round pick, and claimed former Jet David Clowney off of waivers.

Jarrett was expected to be the successor to former-Panther Muhsin Muhammad, but failed at every expectation he was given. He came into training camp as the starter opposite side Steve Smith, dropping to fourth on the depth behind rookies Brandon LaFell and David Gettis. 

The former USC standout was selected in the second-round of the 2007 NFL Draft, but has failed to make any impact since being drafted. Jarrett was able to put up good numbers during the last game of the 2010 season, posting five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. 

Aside from that game, we have seen little-to-none of the receiver, who has recorded two catches for 40 yards in the first four games of this season. 

With the Panthers lacking depth at receiver, it hasn't been Jarrett stepping up as their consistent No. 2 option. Surprisingly, it has been sixth-round pick David Gettis who has been starting opposite side Steve Smith. 

With Smith likely out for the next two weeks with a high-ankle sprain he suffered against New Orleans during week four, Jarrett did not step up and become the teams leading receiver—he instead got arrested for his second DWI. 

John Fox realized that Jarrett would probably never reach his potential, so he decided to get rid of the issue, and sign a legitimate receiver in David Clowney. 

Clowney, selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Green Bay, has always been a good receiver stuck behind better receivers. His play has been limited, but when he has been given the chance, has always performed well. 

The 6'0" speedy-receiver will help replace the injured Steve Smith, who is expected to miss Carolina's week five game versus Chicago.

Clowney has recorded 16 catches for 239 yards in his four-year career. Although those are not huge stats, Clowney has always been one of the leading-receivers during the preseason.

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