Time Is Running Out For Jaiquawn JarrettBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
There was plenty of blame to go around last year to explain why the Eagles finished at 8-8. Michael Vick couldn’t stay healthy. DeSean Jackson admittedly didn’t give full effort at times. Juan Castillo had no business being defensive coordinator. There are a million and one other arguments a person could make, but among the most pressing issues with the team is the safety position. And many of the fingers are pointed at Jaiquawn Jarrett and his inability to distinguish himself at a weak position and find a way to get on the field.
It’s not all Jarrett’s fault. At 5’11 198 lbs while running a 4.62 forty, he had no business being taken with the 54th overall pick. Couple that with almost no off-season and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.
Now fast-forward a season. He’s now had a full year to acclimate into the system. He has a couple starts under his belt, and the Eagles’ safety situation has anything but sorted itself out, yet for some reason, a second-year, second-round draft pick may be out the door come Friday.
“That’s what comes with the territory. Sometimes you don’t make the plays that you need to make and you go back and look at the film and you see why you didn’t make them [then] you go into practice knowing what you need to work on.” said Jarrett when asked about his play thus far in the preseason. “It’s all about locking in, focusing in and continuing to get better every day. Going out there one day at a time, one play at a time, and it’s working.”
Second-round draft picks are rarely cut just two seasons into their NFL careers but Jarrett has a lot of work to do if he wants to avoid comparisons to Quinton Caver, the Eagles second round pick in 2001, cut just 6 games into the 2002 season.
With veteran O.J Atogwe competing for time, along with third year guys Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, who have both shown more promise for the future than Jarrett, playing time is going to be hard to come by and the young safety knows it. “I continue to work every day. I don’t have an exact day or time of how far I am away but I continue to work every day.”
If he doesn’t show a glimmer of what the Eagles saw when they reached for him in the second round last year, he may be working for another team this fall.
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