FLOWERY BRANCH -- At the owner’s meeting in March, Falcons coach Dan Quinn sat down with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and went over his wide-ranging plan for the upcoming offseason.
He shared his hopes and goals heading into his second season as the coach with authority over the final 53-man roster. Quinn singled out six players he wanted to see make major progress through the team’s Plan D developmental program.
With the Falcons at 6-4 and on their bye week, let’s look at how the six players – defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley, running back Tevin Coleman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, cornerback Jalen Collins, wide receiver Justin Hardy and defensive back Robenson Therezie — have fared this season.
Here's a look at the development of defensive tackle Grady Jarrett:
Jarrett, a fifth-round pick in 2015, has developed into the Falcons’ top defensive tackle.
He’s played 359 snaps, tops among the tackles, and second only to defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s 453 snaps.
“He came back here this offseason really with something to prove,” Quinn said. “The lineman can look good in OTAs, but we have a pretty good center that he lines up against every day. It became apparent in training camp, that we were on to something because he had to battle Alex Mack every day. In training camp, he won a lot of those battles.”
Jarrett has 29 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses this season.
“He earned a lot of his teammates’ respect because of his style and attitude that he was playing with,” Quinn said. “We started him in the base package and he was doing quite well at that. Then we added him to the nickel package because we felt his quickness, we felt his strength.”
Quinn also has been impressed with Jarrett’s ability to shed blockers.
The Falcons are 6-4 at the bye and have a major issue to figure out moving forward. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov get into that and the Falcons place amongst the NFC’s best.
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