Ex-Jet Clowney embracing new role with Panthers
David Clowney didn’t know how thin and inexperienced the
Carolina Panthers were at receiver until he arrived this week as a
waiver claim from the New York Jets.
”I’m the old guy in the room with Steve (Smith) being out,”
the 25-year-old Clowney said Wednesday, laughing.
Upset at being cut twice in a month by the New York Jets, the
speedy Clowney is embracing his new, expanded role with a winless
team in desperate need of a solid receiver. Smith was on crutches
Wednesday because of a sprained ankle and the Panthers released
Dwayne Jarrett after he was arrested Tuesday.
”Maybe being here, I can actually get an opportunity to run
different routes and get involved as a full, complete receiver,”
The Virginia Tech product was claimed Tuesday to replace
Jarrett, cut the same day he was charged with driving while
impaired. It came after Clowney was let go by the Jets on Monday, a
move he said was unexpected because he thought he was safe when he
re-signed after Week 1.
”They told me I was,” Clowney said.
Clowney, first let go in final cuts before the start of the
regular season, said he was told he’d be used as a receiver, but
spent most of his time on special teams. Playing behind Braylon
Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery and with Santonio Holmes coming back
from suspension, the Jets had no room for him.
”I think sometimes when you’re with a certain organization,
they put a stamp on you, regardless whether it’s good or bad, you
have that stamp and they put you in that role,” Clowney said.
”Being with the Jets, my stamp was I’m only a deep threat
The Panthers (0-4) are looking for anybody to become a target
for rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen. With Smith expected to miss
at least one game, the Panthers are left with Clowney and three
Clowney, who had one catch for 22 yards this season, has just 16
catches in his four-year career. Wearing No. 87, Muhsin Muhammad’s
number last season, Clowney said he was taking some snaps with the
first unit on Wednesday.
”Hopefully, I get a chance to start this week,” Clowney said.
”If I don’t, I’ll be in there going in wherever the coaches need
me, whenever they call my number.”