Just had a startling conversation with WR Dwayne Jarrett. We'll have more from him in tomorrow's paper, but the first impression is that he's basically a different person.
In short, he sounded mature, which is something the 23-year-old had never before been accused of.
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Gone were a lot of the tired cliches, the stock lines he used to use to explain away his shortcomings -- which were numerous.
"I don't want to say I regret (the way he handled himself)," Jarrett said. "I just wasn't aware."
That sums up his first three years here. But this camp, he's been a completely different player, looking more assertive on the field.
Getting him out there would be huge, and he's showing sings of finally delivering returns on the Panthers' four-year investment.
He's catching everything in practice, and with his size, could become a valuable tool for QB Matt Moore.
Another quick highlight: Receivers coach Tyke Tolbert raves about him, but discussing his size advantage, said "he doesn't have to be open to be open."
Stay tuned for more.
— Darin Gantt