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.