Eagles Cut Jaiquawn Jarrett, Sign Mardy Gilyard
The Eagles have officially announced the release of 2011 second round draft pick Jaiquawn Jarrett to make room for wide receiver Mardy Gilyard on the roster.
Jarrett, a Temple University product, was drafted to restore a hard-hitting presence to the defense that has been missing since the departure of Brian Dawkins (I’m still crying over that), but the hard-hitting college safety never seemed to find his footing with the birds.
Last season, Jarrett was put in prime position to secure the starting strong safety spot alongside Nate Allen. However, Jarrett lost the spot to Jarrad Page, who is now a minor-league outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Kurt Coleman, the 7th round selection of the same draft. During this year’s training camp, Jarrett sat squarely on the bubble and likely squeaked onto the roster because veteran acquisition O.J. Atogwe could not stay healthy. He leaves the Eagles with 6 games played, 2 starts, and 17 tackles for his career.
Now, with Jarrett placed in a burning boat and sent down the river to appease the football gods, I mean…released, the Eagles look especially thin at safety. David Sims will now be one injury away from having to fend off what looks to be a ferocious Ravens offense as Colt Anderson still recovers form a torn ACL.
Sims, known for being a garbage man turned professional football player, was traded to the Eagles on August 31st in exchange for a conditional draft pick. An undrafted rookie out of Iowa state, he spent time with Tampa Bay last season before joining the Browns. In the preseason Sims recorded two interceptions and had a third which was called back due to a penalty.
As far as I can tell, Sims appears to be the type of project that the Eagles love: a hard-working guy with raw skills that comes undrafted out of a small school and slowly works his way up the ladder. Some previous diamonds in the rough include Quentin Mikell, Jamaal Jackson, Joselio Hanson, Hank Fraley, and the newest man on the roster: Mardy Gilyard.
Gilyard was undrafted out of Cincinnati, signing with the Rams for the 2010 season and collecting 63 yards on 6 catches. However, the Rams released Gilyard in 2011 and he did not catch on with an NFL roster until he signed with the Eagles this offseason. Gilyard received positive reviews throughout camp for his work ethic and flashes of big play ability, which carried into the preseason. Gilyard racked up 9 catches for 151 yards and 2 TD’s during the preseason before he was released by the Eagles during the final cuts.
However, with Jeremy Maclin suffering from a hip pointer and Riley Cooper out with a broken collarbone, the Eagles decided it would be beneficial to bring
Plaxico Burress Gilyard back into the fold.