New York Jets Training Camp Profile: Jaiquawn Jarrett

Jaiquawn Jarrett New York Jets

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The New York Jets‘ strong safety competition has been one of the more intriguing position battles in Jets training camp this summer and into the NFL preseason.

Early in the offseason, it appeared to be a two-man battle between sophomores Josh Bush and Antonio Allen for the right to start alongside veteran Dawan Landry.

However, after a strong performance in the preseason opener, Rex Ryan announced that 23-year-old Jaiquawn Jarrett (#37, above) will start at strong safety next week.

“We’re going to give him an opportunity to compete for that starting job,” Ryan said. “We’ll put him out there with the ones next week. … He did a tremendous job of hitting, communicating. Really liked the way he stepped up [in the preseason opener].”

Jarrett, a Brooklyn native and former second-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, played his college football at Temple alongside Jets star Muhammad Wilkerson.

The Jets want to groom Josh Bush as Landry’s backup at the free safety position, which made some people believe the strong safety competition was Allen’s to lose.

However, Jaiquawn Jarrett has had an excellent camp, and he carried that over to the preseason opener. His strong performance has been rewarded, at least for now.

The Jets use lots of different looks on defense that involve extra defensive backs, so all of Landry, Bush, Jarrett and Allen should see plenty of playing time this season.

As for how that playing time actually ends up shaking out come the regular season?

That’s for the players to determine, and the coaches to decide.

Jon Presser is RantSports.com’s New York Jets Lead Columnist
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