In the coming weeks, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at the team’s rookies, grade their 2015 season and examine their future prospects.
Today, we’re evaluating defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett.
Drafted: Sixth round (181st overall)
Stats: 58 combined tackles, a forced fumble, 4 pass defended
2015: The Redskins drafted Jarrett to play a little safety and a lot on special teams in his first pro season.
They ended up getting a Swiss Army knife whose football I.Q., instincts, toughness and work ethic endeared him to the coaching staff and his veteran teammates almost immediately.
In 16 games, Jarrett (5 foot 10, 200-pounds) saw significant playing time at both nickel corner and safety due to the numerous injuries that plagued Washington's backend all season. Jarrett's 616 snaps, in fact, ranked third among all Redskins’ rookies (behind only Brandon Scherff and Jamison Crowder) and eighth most among all defenders on the Redskins.
Jarrett’s 58 tackles, meanwhile, were the seventh most among all rookie defensive backs. He also took only two penalties, of which one was declined.
ProfootballFocus.com gave Jarrett positive marks in pass coverage and for making 18 stops, which the website describes as a solo tackle that constitutes an offensive failure. PFF, however, also dinged him for 11 missed tackles, which was tied for third most on the team.
Last month, GM Scot McCloughan had high praise for Jarrett during his state-of-the-Redskins news conference in Mobile, Ala.
“He's not the biggest. He's not the fastest. But he's a football player and it showed up,” McCloughan said. “He's a mature guy for a rookie. He did a lot of nice things for us.”
Future prospects: Jarrett got hurt in the regular season finale when he went helmet-to-helmet with Cowboys running back Darren McFadden.
The scary looking collision ended Jarrett’s day in the first quarter and sidelined him against the Packers. McCloughan said last month that he expects Jarrett to make a full recovery, though he indicated that the healing process is still ongoing.
"He's getting better,” McCloughan said. “…[Doctors] said it's going to take a little time just for him to recover. But they see him making a 100-percent recovery.”
Assuming that happens, Jarrett’s solid rookie season and versatility means he’ll have no trouble finding a spot next season, particularly since McCLoughan is looking to make changes to a unit that allowed 30 passing touchdowns (tied for 22nd most). The only questions are where and in what role—but those are tough to answer with the draft and free agency still to come.
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