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October 31, 2007

Smith has message for rookie

   Very interesting incident just happened in the locker room. Two reporters were talking with rookie receiver Dwayne Jarrett about his frustration at barely getting to play after being a second-round pick.

   As Jarrett was talking, receiver Steve Smith, who hasn’t been talking to the media recently, walked out to his own locker and talked to Jarrett.

   “Instead of talking to the media, why don’t you go watch some film?’’ Smith said.

   Jarrett gave a slight smile and kept talking to the media.

   Smith, followed up in a very strong tone.

   “Seriously,’’ Smith said.

   Jarrett did keep talking and we’ll have a full story on his rough rookie season in tomorrow’s paper. – PAT YASINSKAS

Posted by Observer Sports on October 31, 2007 at 02:10 PM | Permalink



Posted by: steve coleman | Oct 31, 2007 2:45:56 PM

Powerful message. Adds a lot of merit to the discussions of Jarrett's lack of playing time being a direct result of his poor work ethic.

Posted by: John Watson | Oct 31, 2007 2:54:34 PM

Yeah, you keep hearing rumors about how he can't pick up the system due to his slow learning of the play book....maybe he should be spending some free time and not just mandatory practice time working on stuff....

Posted by: Brad | Oct 31, 2007 2:59:39 PM

Boy Hurney and Fox sure know how to draft em' don't they?

Posted by: Matt | Oct 31, 2007 3:00:05 PM

Yeah, he has a complex assignment on those draw plays to Foster on 3rd and ten. So what, let him play. Our guys who supposedly have a good work ethic aren't making an impact either. Let him get in the game and make mistakes, put put his big butt in there, if nothing else on 3rd downs, give him the same pattern to run every time, and let him shield the receiver. He is far from perfect, but it is a matter of alternatives.

Posted by: Willy | Oct 31, 2007 3:12:46 PM

Yeah, Smitty wants him to go to the film room so he can punch him in the face. Worked pretty well last time.

/oh wait.

Posted by: Ahab | Oct 31, 2007 3:18:47 PM

Why do I get the feeling that sometime in the near future, Dwayne Jarrett will be released.

Posted by: mattdaddy | Oct 31, 2007 3:23:46 PM

I had been wondering why Jarrett was so completely off the radar when it comes time to play ball. Thank you Steve Smith for explaining everything. WRs have the longest maturation process of any position on the field. This kid needs to pickup a few things from #89 and get ahead of the curve.

Posted by: Dave | Oct 31, 2007 3:26:53 PM

I'll say this for Dwayne Jarrett... he's pretty solid in Madden '08.

I'm sure that error will be corrected in time for Madden '09.

Posted by: If only... | Oct 31, 2007 3:28:43 PM

Yeah so what he doesn't know the play book,neither does Testaverde!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm sick of the coaching staff's DOGHOUSE for Recievers!!!!!!Keary COlbert's been in and out of it,NOW Drew Carter's in it.......
AND Colbert's hands are just as good now as they were his Rookie year!!!!!!!!!
And believe ME!!!!!!!Dewayne Jarrett IS better than Keary Colbert is,SHATTERING his records in COLLEGE!!!!!!!!AND if HE started 15 games his Rookie year(this year),he'll shatter Colbert's Rookie Records ALSO!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Pantherpride | Oct 31, 2007 3:39:45 PM

I find it highly amusing that you guys are reporting on Jarret, and he's taking the time to talk to the media instead of putting in his time watching film.

It's sad, because the guy could be something great...

Posted by: Mav | Oct 31, 2007 3:43:24 PM

Hey Mike Williams just got cut by the Raiders, maybe we.... Oh yea, he went to the same school as Jarrett and Colbert.

That's why you take Brandon Stokely when he is available instead of drafting Jarrett. Anyone know who Stokely's QB was in College, that's right, Jake.

Posted by: RobertPopoff | Oct 31, 2007 3:45:33 PM

How do you put the best team on the field with what you have? I move Colbert and Drew Carter to special teams as my gunners, I have them back on kickoff returns and punt returns, let's see some of that speed I hear so much about, make Jarrett the second receiver and see what he can do. I will take a stupid, immature Jarret over a Colbert or Carter that obeys all the rules and studies hard every day. Thank God Jeff King can run a route and catch a pass.

Posted by: Willy | Oct 31, 2007 4:09:58 PM

Robert, didnt know that about Stokely. Very interesting. Jarrett cant play until hes ready. Every passing play he was in on would greatly increase the likelihood of a interception. You know, he breaks to the outside, ball is thrown inside. Result...pick six. If Smitty is willing to call him out in front of the media, there is definitely something to it.
And 43 year old Vinny cant be compared to Jarrett. Thats just plain silly.

Posted by: kris | Oct 31, 2007 4:14:12 PM

This kid Jarrett is smart. If he's not playing its because someone is hating on him. When the panthers were in training camp, before Jarrett even got there, Smith was all over the videos on the Panthers site saying Colbert was going to be the 2nd receiver this year, and "You hearing it from me (Smith) first." This was the plan from the beginning. Jarrett didn't have a chance.

You think this kid came from USC and can learn a enough plays to get on the field once a game?

Are you serious?

If you don't know by now, you are hearing it from me first, "Jarrett isn't playing because someone with some say-so just doesn't wan him to."

Smith wanted Keary Colbert in the 2. Thats why Kewshawn asked to be let go. They would have done it to him too if he was still on the squad. Read-up and do some investigating. Keyshawn asked to be released because he didn't wanted have to battle for the 2 position. He was already aware of the BS that was about to happen Colbert and Smith.

Posted by: Rev | Oct 31, 2007 4:39:10 PM

Sounds like man love.

Posted by: Willy | Oct 31, 2007 4:45:33 PM

sounds like a trojan

Posted by: fred | Oct 31, 2007 5:05:57 PM

The coaching staff keeps on making stupid "favorite" decisions and they will be looking for a job sooner or later. The good ole' boy system sucks when you are not a "chosen one"! If they do like the guy (Jarett) why draft him? With the success they had why are Fox and company stuggling with players? I say bring some common sense back to the team. Del Reo had the D playing nasty and he had to be a voice of reason in staff meetings. The O can't buy a first down and they D (Turgy)can't keep our opponents from converting them.

Posted by: john | Oct 31, 2007 5:20:32 PM

oops! correction on my last post. If they do NOT like the guy. Why draft him?

Posted by: john | Oct 31, 2007 5:22:49 PM

This is what happens when you take guys off the board who have dropped THERES A REASON PEOPLE...This team says "we picked the highest guy on the board"....maybe he slid b/c everyone else knew something you either didnt know OR didnt care to consider....

The scouting staff sucks...too many wasted picks...and does this staff know how to teach anyone...its easy with 1st round picks, they are already ready to go.

Posted by: CatDawgman | Oct 31, 2007 5:35:40 PM

I'm telling you (the handwriting is on the wall) ... this whole thing comes down to this (My Opinion):

Dwayne Jarrett will be starting for the Panthers t-h-i-s week (next week a the latest).

It's just that in typical John Fox form he is not tipping his hand until the very last minute.

Posted by: Day24Day7 ... | Oct 31, 2007 5:39:03 PM

First rounders are not guaranteed. Fox keeps it up and the hand he tips will have his job resume'in it. I really like Fox so don't get me wrong. But, even he can not withstand the "win now" NFL. The shame is that he will ultimately bear the price for bad decisions.

Posted by: john | Oct 31, 2007 5:46:53 PM

No way Jarrett isn't playing just because someone with some pull doesn't want him in there. Any team in the NFL would play the players that give them the best opportunity to win the game.

"You play to win the game". Thank you coach Edwards for your input. You don't play the game to play guys you favor behind the scenes or to make friends. Jarrett hasn't played much up to now because people with pull don't think he gives them the best chance to win the game.

If you really think Jarrett isn't playing because someone is playing favorites this is what you should do......
Take a Post It off your desk.
Write "You play to win the game" on it.
Stick Post It on your wife's forehead.
Now every time you look at her you will be reminded what the NFL is about.

With all that said, I wish he was in there.

Posted by: kris | Oct 31, 2007 5:47:25 PM

I'm really can it get worse? Put him in the game it's not like the 2nd and 3rd WRs are lightin' it up out there.

Posted by: ... | Oct 31, 2007 6:04:43 PM

What most people dont know is Smith also lit up Carr after sundays game in the locker room as well. Sounds like alot of frustraion building up from not getting the ball. I dont blame him.

Posted by: billy | Oct 31, 2007 6:10:39 PM

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