Eagles Notes: Colt Anderson Ready to Replace Jarrett on Depth Chart
Couple of notes from coach Andy Reid’s Wednesday press conference caught my attention.
The first: Reid’s announcement that Colt Anderson, several months removed from ACL surgery, is ready to play and essentially has replaced Jaiquawn Jarrett on the roster, who was cut after Week 1.
“Well Colt is ready to play,” stated Reid. ”He’s there and he’s done everything that he can do to get himself ready to play in a game. He’s gone through practice. He’s practiced fast. He didn’t have any setbacks, no swelling, soreness, or any of that. The knee felt tight and so now he has an opportunity to possibly get in the game and contribute. That’s what he wants and that’s what we want.
Another factor in Jarrett being released is the advancement of David Sims, who was acquired from the Browns during the last week of the preseason.
‘In Sims we liked what we saw on tape and liked what we saw out here last week in practice,” Reid said. ”It was just a matter of him picking up some of the verbiage that we use and techniques that we use. He’ll continue to do that this week and we obviously felt some comfort there to make the move we made.”
The second: Reid’s comments on letting Jarrett go and basically admitting that made a mistake in drafting him, saying he didn’t fit into the system.
“I think his style of defense will be best for him somewhere else and not with this team,” Reid explained. ”That’s really what I have to say there. I don’t want to keep repeating it. I know you want me to keep repeating it but I don’t want to do that. This gives him a chance to hook on with somebody and be a contributor in this league and make a difference. I think that’s what the fans care the most about.”
Jarrett was a bust of epic proportions, a second round pick who never made an impact with the team. He essentially was let go because he didn’t fit in to the system the Eagles are running, but the reason they drafted him was because they had hope that he would become the hard-hitting safety reminiscent of Brian Dawkins.
“Well for the kid’s sake you wanted it to work out,” said Reid. ”I think he’ll land some place that plays maybe a little bit more his style of secondary play where he’s up there and knocking the heck out of people and doing that. I have a lot of respect for him. That’s really where I would like to end that right there and let’s move on with the Ravens.”
The move was somewhat of a surprise because of Jarrett’s draft position, but the Eagles front office just felt that he was never going to make an impact here in Philadelphia and made the tough decision to let a high draft pick walk.
“I think you have to be honest with yourself,’ said Reid. ”If it is working then it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I think that’s the important thing there and you give the kid an opportunity to make a living. If it wasn’t working with you, it’ll work with somebody else. You see that throughout the league with different cuts. We’re all human. We all have errors that we make at times. Where we think somebody is going to fit, it doesn’t fit, then you give them an opportunity to move on and make a living for themselves.”