There were two very loud voices on the field at Redskins Park during Washington’s rookie minicamp on Saturday. One belonged to defensive coordinator Joe Barry, who delivered a mix of encouragement and corrections. Meanwhile secondary coach Perry Fewell was more about pointing out mistakes made by the young defensive backs and what they needed to do to fix them.
Working with a very vocal coordinator and position coach is nothing new for sixth-round draft pick Kyshoen Jarrett. The safety out of Virginia Tech is fresh off of spending four years under Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster and defensive backs coach Torian Gray. Both are excitable types, to say the least.
“I’m used to it and I can be coached that way,” said Jarrett after the second to two practice sessions on Saturday.
There is another high-energy coach on the Redskins with whom Jarrett will be working a lot. That is special teams coach Ben Kotwica. Like most younger players drafted in the latter rounds, Jarrett will need to make his mark on the kicking units. During the camp they put him to work on a variety of units.
“Pretty much everything,” he said when asked what special teams units he has been working on. “Some things that I’ve done at Virginia Tech, some things that I haven’t. It’s been a pretty good adjustment but I know that’s only the tip of the iceberg of what I have to learn and what I’ll be taught.”
Although he likely will be a reserve strong safety if he makes the 53-man roster, he was lining up at free safety during some of the 11-on-11 work on Saturday afternoon. He wants to know it all.
“Every DB position possible,” he said. “I’m trying to learn the game so if I know what everybody’s doing I can adjust to any position I need.”
“At the end of the day it’s football and if I can get the mental aspect of it I can come out here and just play ball . . . I just enjoy hitting and being physical. That’s the name of the game.”