Panther Diversion

In case you didn’t see the unique video of Keyshawn Johnson interviewing his ultimate replacement, Dwayne Jarrett we thought that we would supply a quick link over to 850TheBuzz.

“I think I can teach him.”

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12 Responses to Panther Diversion

  1. noah 05/07/2007 at 8:19 AM #

    I can’t watch youtube at work…but the reports out of Charlotte from this weekend’s minicamp was encouraging. Jarrett caught just about everything thrown his way, including a couple of nice one-handed grabs.

    Hopefully, we’ll hear that again after the June minicamps.

  2. PurplePeopleEaters 05/07/2007 at 8:45 AM #

    As a die-hard vikings fan, I was somewhat dissapointed with the pick of Sidney Rice above Jarrett but I guess that the Vikings staff saw more potential in Rice than Jarrett.

    The Keyshawn situation was interesting. Jarrett and Keyshawn are very similiar receivers so I wasn’t surprised to see the Panthers pick him to be molded into a receiver like keyshawn under his Tutelage. The release the next few days was surprising. Keyshawn is still a good possession receiver and has reduced his big mouth over the year to the point that he’s been called weshawn rather than meshawn in the locker room.

    As an unbiased fan, the situation unfolded badly for the panthers IMO. I don’t think Keyshawn should have been announcing in the first place if he’s still in the league and still being payed by a particular team.

  3. noah 05/07/2007 at 10:29 AM #

    Jerry Richardson agrees with you.

  4. bTHEredterror 05/07/2007 at 1:57 PM #

    LMAO^I thought he was done dirty by the Panthers. He was on ESPN being a team guy, and saying he will tutor Jarrett. And the Panthers had…..other plans.

    Though I believe Jarrett will ultimately be a pretty good NFL receiver, I agree with Purple People Eaters the Johnson situation may come back to haunt them this year. Not because Jarret isn’t ready, but because they have nobody else to depend on at the position and still no run game or a pass catching TE to draw safeties up. At least Key could move the chains. With holes in the secondary still in place on the other side of the ball, I fear the Panthers will have a longer year than last.

  5. noah 05/07/2007 at 2:10 PM #

    Steve Smith doesn’t still play for the Panthers?

    And the last pass-catching TE that played for the Panthers was Wesley Walls. They prefer the TE to stay at the line and block and only release into the secondary after the initial pass rushers have made their moves.

  6. StateFans 05/07/2007 at 2:48 PM #

    …and for them to stay off steriods…

  7. PurplePeopleEaters 05/07/2007 at 7:47 PM #

    But what if Steve Smith goes down to injury, especially with his history of injury in the league? Drew Carter, Keary Colbert, and Dwayne Jarrett with Jake Delhomme or David Carr throwing them the ball would be quite ugly..

  8. noah 05/07/2007 at 10:06 PM #

    What if a team loses its best player? A player who is one of the absolute best in the league at his position?

    yeah, I imagine that would be ugly.

    It usually is when that happens. It was a couple of years ago when Smith went down against GB in the first game of the season.

  9. noah 05/07/2007 at 10:09 PM #

    I finally got to watch the YouTube clip. Can I just say how much I love the NFL draft?

  10. bTHEredterror 05/07/2007 at 11:34 PM #

    I don’t think the Panthers are going 1-15. I just think a KEY (pun intended) part of their inefficient offense last year is now gone. Steve Smith played the entire year last year and fared pretty well. It still didn’t go over so well for the team with both of them having good years. They don’t save money cuz they’d already paid him. Unless he was a cancer, which no one purports him to be, they probably hurt their team. The last pass catching TE they had was Jermaine Wiggins, and was a key part of their super bowl run.

    And the draft is great TV.

  11. StateFans 05/08/2007 at 8:05 AM #

    ^ I thought the Panthers save a $3MM roster bonus for letting Keyshawn go when they did?

    The Panthers managed to get to 8-8 last year in a season that they were picked to go to the Super Bowl and had a lot of major injuries – including Steve Smith, Dan Morgan, and Kris Jenkins. Despite the injuries and the poor QB play, they were a Keyshawn-not-stopping-on-a route-in-the-end-zone-vs-Philly from being 9-6 heading into the final weekend.

    They generally return everyone from that team. The addition of David Carr as support at QB and the hope that the injury bug is not consistent has to provide some pretty decent optimism that this team can get to 10-6 without a whole lot of luck having to fall into place.

  12. noah 05/08/2007 at 9:18 AM #

    The Panthers problem last year was the injury bug. In the first game of the year, they lost Justin Hartwig, Dan Morgan and, I think, Travelle Wharton. They moved Jordan Gross from RT to LT, so that meant that Mike Whale was the only guy that was in the Week One starting lineup was still playing his original position during the second game of the season.

    That’s the nice part of about drafting the center from USC (my favorite player in this year’s draft). He can play center or guard and he gives the Panthers flexibility. They can move Hartwig over to guard, if someone gets hurt. And they can move Geoff Hangartner back to guard, his natural position.

    The Panthers save about $1.5 million in cap space this year by cutting Johnson and they will save about $1 million next year.

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