Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Coverage liabilities made Jarrett expendable

Jai Jarrett is no Brian Dawkins.

Jaiquawn Jarrett has size, quickness and heart.

Those qualities just didn't translate into playing coverage well enough for the Eagles to admit their mistake in releasing the second-round draft pick out of Temple.

“I think the style of defense will be best for him somewhere else, not with this team," head coach Andy Reid said. "That’s really what I want to say. This gives him a chance to hook on with somebody."

In the Eagles system the safeties are required to play man coverage on the tight ends and backs, among other duties. Jarrett was better in run defense than pass defense.

"It’s unfortunate, man but you never know in this business," safety Nate Allen said. "Anybody can be gone tomorrow. JJ is going to get picked up by somebody and have a long career.

"He’s just a physical player. He’s a great tackler, he covers well, too. I think he’ll adapt."

Newly acquired David Sims and Colt Anderson, the latter more of a special teams player, are the next men up at safety.

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