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Dexter Jackson getting a look in Charlotte

Last week, the Bucs abandoned the Dexter Jackson experiment.  Tampa was hoping to make the speedy but undersized second-round pick into a return man exclusively, and the powers-that-be decided after only one season to pull the plug.

Thanks to the presence of guaranteed base salaries in Jackson’s contract, no one touched his contract on waivers. 

So now he’s free and clear, and it’s not surprising that a team that once converted a speedy but undersized third-round pick from a return man into an elite receiver is interested.

According to Adam Caplan of, Jackson visited the Panthers on Tuesday.

It remains to be seen whether he gets a shot there.  The Panthers brought in former Carolina return specialist Mark Jones for a visit on Monday, but he failed his physical.

Mike Goodson currently is listed as the team’s only kickoff returner, and Kenneth Moore is the top punt returner.

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12 Responses to “Dexter Jackson getting a look in Charlotte”
  1. mcenroe says: Sep 8, 2009 11:34 PM

    I thnk you mean former Titans return specialist.

  2. jimmySee says: Sep 8, 2009 11:47 PM

    The Panthers also claimed Tyrrell Sutton off waivers from Green Bay — he’s another smaller running back.

  3. BigMikey says: Sep 9, 2009 6:30 AM

    Why is it so hard to find a decent return specialist? You catch the ball; you run the ball; you more than likely get tackled. It’s football, you’ve been playing it for years. Now get out there and be somebody!

  4. TheDPR says: Sep 9, 2009 6:55 AM

    The Panthers are pretty desperate at WR and return specialist. They only have four WRs and only one of them is any good. That they tried to bring back Mark Jones shows they really aren’t happy with what they have at KR/PR.
    Look for them to acquire one of the Eagles WRs after the week one game is over, early next week. Reggie Brown or Hank Baskett, probably, even if they sign Jackson as a KR.

  5. pantherdan89 says: Sep 9, 2009 6:55 AM

    Jackson is a wide reciever from App. State, who by the way, played a huge part in defeating Michigan two years ago, and was drafted by Chuckie for Tampa in the 2nd round last year. The guy runs a sub 4.3 forty but only weighs between 160 – 170 with his pads on.

  6. zangy says: Sep 9, 2009 8:01 AM

    # BigMikey says: September 9, 2009 6:30 AM
    Why is it so hard to find a decent return specialist? You catch the ball; you run the ball; you more than likely get tackled. It’s football, you’ve been playing it for years. Now get out there and be somebody!
    Lol, it’s not Madden 10 out there…return kicks, especially punts, takes a lot of skill. You have to focus on catching the ball while 10 of some of the best athletes in the world are bearing down on you with one intent, to knock the sh*t out of you. Not only do you have to catch the ball but then you have to have anticipation and vision to find the hole plus the speed and explosion to get there and get through it. Playing in pop warner doesn’t exactly make you an expert…

  7. spapanek says: Sep 9, 2009 8:19 AM

    Jackson’s m.o. was catch the ball run 5 yards and fall down because he doesn’t like to get hit…..wrong profession, if you ask me!

  8. DonTerrelli says: Sep 9, 2009 9:50 AM

    Isn’t Allen Rossum available?

  9. My Vick In A Box says: Sep 9, 2009 10:02 AM

    I am rooting for Dexter. D. Jack was having a good camp until he was injured. That is another problem with a guy his size….very easily injured. Reality set in that he is not “untouchable” even as a 2nd Round draft pick. He will be fighting no matter where he goes….hopefully showing some of that App State heart. Hope to see him land somewhere (hopefully Carolina) and see what he can do.

  10. D.R.Universal says: Sep 9, 2009 11:13 AM

    @ DonTerrelli – No Allen Rossum is in SF..i know bc i have him on my fantasy team! LOL..
    And yes we are pretty desperate here in Charlotte for a PR..Jackson is a kid with local ties so it couldnt hurt

  11. BigMikey says: Sep 9, 2009 10:01 PM

    Zangy, you assume too much. I am an expert, true, but I never played Pop Warner.

  12. Pier588 says: Sep 10, 2009 10:43 AM

    Has Jackson suddenly lost his fear and is willing to stick his nose in and take the hits?
    Not with the Bucs – this guy ducks contact every chance he gets. Good riddence to him and the ID-10-t’s that made him a 2d round pick.

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