Despite earning mid-round grades from most draft experts, the Eagles drafted former Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round (54th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. After spending the 2011 season as a complete non-factor, the much maligned safety looked to rebound in 2012. The early reports out of Lehigh were good, but he then suffered through a brutal preseason. After one game into the 2012 season the Eagles have apparently decided that they’ve seen enough. The team cut Jarrett on Tuesday, signaling the end of a brief and disappointing tenure.
Perhaps even more embarrassing was that Jarrett was cut in favor of wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Gilyard is a marginal talent and doesn’t figure to play a prominent role moving forward, though he could see some snaps Sunday if the injured Jeremy Maclin can’t make a quick recovery from a hip pointer injury.
Regardless, Jarrett simply wasn’t good enough to warrant a roster spot. He was the shortest-tenured second round pick of the Andy Reid era. And while Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman played well on Sunday, the Eagles are now incredibly thin at safety. Colt Anderson is expected to make his return to the lineup, but cutting Jarrett was an unprecedented move for this current regime and a startling admission to how badly they whiffed with the pick. Now that there’s little doubt that Jarrett is a bust, the only question remaining is if it will come back to haunt the Eagles in 2012.