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Last night was a rough one for second year safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. With Nate Allen nursing a hamstring, Jarrett got the opportunity to start. The reports on him in camp were positive, so it certainly seemed like a reasonable idea and good way to gauge how far he'd come.
The answer turned out to be not very far.
I'm sure you've already seen this infamous gif we made last night of him taking a terrible angle on a tackle and instead taking out of his own teammates. But as Andy Reid explained, it wasn't just about bad angles. He showed poor form tackling as well.
"He just has to learn from them. He has to learn from it and get better. When you come in with a shoulder as opposed to the arms, at this level you have to bring all of it. You can't grab with the shoulder pad. Those are things you'll learn. The thing he's doing is he's playing fast, so I think the rest of that will take place."
I will say this, the offseason rumors about Jarrett lacking speed seemed to be unfounded. He looked to me to be plenty fast. He didn't appear to know where he was going... but he was getting there quick.
Reid said he doesn't look like he's overthinking things, the issue is with his fundamentals.
"I don't think those were thinking situations. He just wasn't bringing his arms, and that's something he does well. We just have to go back and make sure he gets that straightened out, and he should be fine."
While it may be that things like this can be fixed, you do have wonder why they're still happening for a 2nd year player. This is when guys are supposed to have taken a big jump. If last night is any evidence, Jarrett hasn't.
Now, that doesn't the change the fact that he has had a good camp, so it could be that there were nerves last night as he was given the start... But really its no excuse. With three games left in the preseason, Jarrett is in a real fight for his job. He's got time to turn it around, but not much.
This is when we get to see what he's made of. It's likely now or never.