Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was an unstoppable force during the Super Bowl. His three sack game was truly remarkable. Had Kyle Shanahan not ruined everything, Jarrett might’ve been the Super Bowl MVP. That’s pretty impressive for a second year player teams persistently overlooked when he came out of college.
But despite his successes on the biggest stage, Jarrett is still that humble kid whose nose never leaves the grindstone. Add to that the fact that Quinn seems to think he’s only getting better. (Credit to The Mothership’s Kelsey Conway for the quote. I encourage you to read her entire article.)
“That was definitely a highlight of my career as far as the way I played,” Jarrett said of his Super Bowl performance. “I feel like the effort I gave on that day was because I wanted that win so badly. It just makes me want even more for this team and this city.” Quinn noticed the work Jarrett has put in this offseason, tabbing him as player who has “totally jumped out” to the coaching staff the past two months.
2017 is an important year for Jarrett. As a former fifth round draft pick, he’s scheduled to make just north of $600k in his third season. If he continues on this trajectory, Grady may play himself into an extension next off-season. Meanwhile, as Conway astutely points out, his supporting cast has never been better. There’s no reason to think Jarrett won’t continue to get better and better.