Sorry, slow day here at ITI.
I spent much of the day shaking off the afterglow of an absurd night of baseball (and the hangover from the 14 beers I drank while watching it).
Anyway, as I nervously await 5:07 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, I want to share a question that a coworker asked me earlier–where the Hell is Jaiquawn Jarrett?
Frankly, I had no answer. So I decided it was probably time to check it out.
By the way, you know how I know Jaiquawn Jarrett has been a complete non-factor?
I had to Google his name to ensure I spelled it correctly–and I’m, like, really good at spelling.
The second-round draft pick out of Temple was thought to be the answer to the Eagles’ need for a hard-hitting, game-changing safety. And he might be. But it’s looking more and more like that’s not happening this season.
It’s unfair to kill Jarrett because he, like every other rookie around the league, had little time to adjust to the NFL because the lockout. Still, I’d like to think a second-rounder could find his way on to the field at some point, particularly given the Eagles’ instability at the safety position.
With the news of the Casey Matthews and Kurt Coleman benchings this week, the Eagles coaching staff has shown its willingness to make quick personnel changes if they deem it necessary, Jarrett doesn’t seem to be in their immediate plans.
There’s a possibility that Jarrett will be activated for the first time this week, though it won’t be for defensive purposes.
With cornerback Brandon Hughes questionable, either third-rounder Curtis Marsh or Jarrett will likely replace Hughes on special teams.
When asked about Jarrett’s progress, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo gave what essentially amounts to a non-answer.
“You know, what we’re doing is, again, [Jarrett] is learning,” Castillo said. “He was out for a little bit, and he’s coming along, learning the scheme, and in time he’ll be able to compete.”
That’s quite an endorsement there, Juan.
So while Jarrett might take a baby step this week, those clamoring for Jarrett’s presence in the Eagles’ secondary this season seem likely to be disappointed.