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Panthers' Jarrett, Hackett waiting for the word

Panthers receiver Dwayne Jarrett isn't sure of his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Jarrett and D.J. Hackett have alternated as the team's No. 3 receiver the last few weeks.
Panthers receiver Dwayne Jarrett isn't sure of his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Jarrett and D.J. Hackett have alternated as the team's No. 3 receiver the last few weeks.

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett doesn't know if this is his week or not.

Like everyone else, he's just going to wait until Sunday morning to find out.

The second-year wideout said Thursday he's not sure what to expect, though he's hoping to be able to build on his small helpings of success.

"No, not really," he said with a laugh when asked if it was his turn again.

For the last four weeks, he and D.J. Hackett have alternated being active as the third receiver. It's an unusual spot for the still-promising 2007 second-round pick, but he has learned to accept it. So he'll wait for the pregame meal Sunday to find out whether he gets a chance to build on it. That's when coach John Fox will summon players individually to tell them whether they'll play or not that day.

"I just go out there, practice hard, and at the end of the week coach will tell us who's up and who's down," Jarrett said. "With me and (Hackett), we help each other out. It's about competition, but at the same times it's for ourselves. It's not like me and him are enemies or anything. It's a good thing."

There's not much action for either of them, but there's a possibility that's a chicken-egg argument. Since the end of Steve Smith's two-game suspension, Jarrett and Hackett have combined for just 12 catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns in the 11 games when one or the other is active.

Jarrett still flashes (and still has the confidence of management) because of his size and ability. His lone grab last week was a key third-down conversion, and quarterback Jake Delhomme has shown no hesitance to throw his way.

• WHO ARE STATS FOR? Delhomme, usually not one for stats, was full of numerical goodness this week.

Not only did he dispute that his game-ending kneel-downs should have cost the team yardage -- which took the Panthers' team rushing total from 301 yards to 299 yards -- he also proposed a change to the passer-rating system.

"You can get caught up in quarterback rating and all of that," he said. "I have never understood. ... I think one of my better years in quarterback rating was when we went 7-9 (in 2004). Well yeah, I had a pretty rating. We were getting killed and I was chucking the ball in the fourth quarters and everybody is playing back. If you want to make it a true rating, add 25 points plus or minus on a win or a loss.

"If you want to have it pretty at the end of the game so you feel good about yourself, that is one thing. If you want to win and feel really good, that's another."

Of his kneel-downs, which were each scored as a 1-yard loss, he said previous flak over such plays caused him to change. He said in 2003 the Panthers missed a milestone in similar circumstances, and he changed his tactics.

"I would look at the film and see where the knee hits," he said. "And ever since that day (in 2003), I go underneath the center's behind so it is not a lost yard. Look at our film."

• TOY DRIVE: The Panthers will host their annual holiday toy drive Sunday to benefit the "Toys For Tots" program. Fans can help by bringing a new, unwrapped toy with them to the game. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be at each gate when the stadium opens at 2 p.m. to collect the toys for children in the Carolinas.

• EXTRA POINTS: Rookie safety Charles Godfrey was back at practice Thursday after missing the day before to attend to an illness in his family.

Otherwise, the injury report was the same. Linebacker Adam Seward (ankle) and defensive end Hilee Taylor (calf) remain out, but the rest of the team was able to go. ...

While the whole nickname controversy grows more tired by the day, Delhomme said Thursday he refers to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart as "Penn and Teller," after the comedy-magic act in which one guy talks a lot and the other not at all.

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