By Bryan Jeon
When the Carolina Panthers used their second-round pick to draft USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, he was expected to be a solid third receiver on the team – behind standout Steve Smith and the number one overall pick in 1996 and fellow USC wideout Keyshawn Johnson. In an effort to get younger on Tuesday, the Panthers kicked 34-year-old Keyshawn to the curb for the 20-year-old Jarrett, who will immediately be placed on the first team in the upcoming minicamp. The Panthers will have Drew Carter and Keary Colbert backing the two up.
Johnson had 70 catches for 815 yards and 4 touchdowns in one season with Carolina after being picked up after a two-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys went on to sign Terrell Owens after clearing salary cap room for him.
The 11-year veteran has stayed pretty consistent throughout the years and unlike ESPN writer John Clayton, I think it’s only a matter of time before a team who needs depth at that position will pick up Johnson for at least a one-year deal worth more than the $820,000 NFL minimum.
As for Jarrett, it’s hard to want a local Trojan in the pros to fail but his “tough guy” approach needs to change, and the main reason for the hate right now is because of his pointing in mockery at the nearest defender just before he scored a breakaway touchdown in a game last year. Same goes for USC alum and New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush. Those bastards, break a leg.
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