Jarrett Fighting For His Job

Jaiquawn Jarrett is in jeopardy of falling further on the depth chart.

After a rocky game against the Steelers on Thursday, the former second-round pick saw some of his second-team reps go to the unheralded Tom Nelson Sunday afternoon. When he was drafted, many envisioned the Temple product challenging for a starting spot right away. Now, he’s working with the third unit and fighting for a roster spot.

“That’s how it rolls,” said Jarrett. “But ‘m going to continue to do what I do, go out here and get better.”

Jarrett had a hard time with his angles against Pittsburgh, as illustrated on the play when he took out his own man — Vinny Curry — as the Steelers ripped off a big gain. He came in known as a big hitter, but hasn’t been in position regularly to land those big hits.

“Every player is faster and stronger and bigger but it’s just about the technique, continue to keep working and taking better angles,” he said.

Jarrett had one practice early in camp when he stole the show, and coaches appeared to like what they saw out of the second-year safety heading into Thursday. But things seemed to unravel for him in the game.

“I just tell him, ‘Be confident in yourself. No matter what happens be confident in your abilities and what you do,’” said Kurt Coleman. “‘You got here for a reason, you were selected in the second round for a reason.’”

* There were no new names added to the injury report. Jeremy Maclin and Jamar Chaney participated in some of the practice but were not a part of live drills.  Cliff Harris returned to practice.

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  • borntosuffer

    Wonder if there is any thought to using Clayton as a safety? I guess not if he isn’t getting any reps.

    • aleandro green

      he isnt fast enough

      • Septhinox

        lol wut? He’s just as fast as Jarrett. They both are 4.65-4.66 guys.

      • gabriel amaro

        You know he used to play safety in college

  • ICDogg

    Maybe we can find a team with a spare safety who needs one of our spare d-linemen…

    • Skeptic_Eagle

      I like the idea, but it seems like safety is a tough position to fill; might not be so easy to find one. Safeties have to be smart, fast, instinctive, tall, rangy, tough. Difficult pos to find players for, which I think, is why Barron went so high.

      • ICDogg

        Yes, I know it’s tough, but looking for an adequate backup here to replace Jarrett, not a starter-level player – I don’t think my expectations are that high.

  • http://thebroadstreetjournal.com/ Chris Langille

    hate to say it but that’s kind of what you get for burning a 2nd round draft pick on an undersized safety from the MAC Conference (and Temple of all schools) Up and coming program, but that’s a high pick to spend on someone whose made his mark against Little Sisters of the Poor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/themikekaye Mike Kaye

    I’d say JaiJar should avoid what he “do.” Nearly killed Vinny Curry.