Beat writer Pat Yasinskas reported an interesting incident between Carolina Panthers’ rookie receiver Dwayne Jarrett and veteran Steve Smith in today’s The Charlotte Observer. Jarrett was apparently talking to a set of reporters when Smith intervened with some choice words for the struggling rookie.
“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.
Now, Smith isn’t talking to the media, so maybe he just used this situation to take another shot at them. However, Jarrett has never appeared to be arrogant or cocky, so embarrassing him in front of the media probably wasn’t the best route taken by Smith, even if deep down he was just trying to help. Smith is a fantastic player, but like a lot of NFL receivers his maturity level is all over the board. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the altercation and if Jarrett either takes the shot personally, or works that much harder to try and appease the veteran.