Eagles safety Jaiquawn Jarrett’s rookie season didn’t quite go as planned. The former second-round pick out of Temple struggled to get on the field and appeared a step slow during his limited action in 2011. With Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman penciled in as starters and the addition of veteran O.J. Atogwe, Jarrett became a bit of a forgotten man. Until Sunday, that is.
Jarrett, who was drafted by the Eagles for his physical play, served notice on Sunday afternoon that he won’t simply vanish to the back of the depth chart.
Jarrett applied a big hit on running back LeSean McCoy, caused a fumble on a separate hit, and applied a good stick to fullback Stanley Havili.
Clearly, Jarrett knows where he stands as he fights for a roster spot–and playing time–early on in camp.
According to The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, Jarrett spoke after practice about his mentality heading into practice. “Coach Bowles said the other day that during the live periods none of us were trying to hit,” he said. “Today we wanted to come . . . and be physical.”
Consistency will be key for Jarrett as camp wears on, but the early returns have been positive from a guy that could give the Eagles’ secondary a huge boost.