After suffering a shoulder injury that resulted in nerve damage, thus impacting his recovery time frame, Kyshoen Jarrett is optimistic he'll be full-go by July's training camp.
Kyshoen Jarrett said his season-ending injury in January was "definitely scary," but the Redskins defensive back is remaining confident that he can return to full health this year.
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Jarrett returned to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Wednesday for the school's annual pro day. While he wore a sweatsuit and certainly wasn't participating in drills like he did just one year ago, he's clearly still feeling the effects of a shoulder injury suffered on Jan. 3 against the Dallas Cowboys that also impacted his nerves in the area.
The defensive back, who was one of the team's biggest surprises during the 2015 season, has yet to be able to do any upper body workouts since his collision with Cowboys running back Darren McFadden.
"I've seen more of the pros than the cons of the injury," Jarrett told The Roanoke Times. "And I'm staying positive, continuing to keep my faith. I know I'm truly blessed to be in the position I am, despite the injury. But even with the injury, I'm learning a lot. I'm learning about patience, I'm learning about trust and everything."
That's not to say Jarrett hasn't been getting ready for the 2016 season in other ways. He's been at Redskins Park some, doing cardio and other drills.
He doesn't have a specific return date just yet, but he is hopeful that he can be full-go by training camp.
"My hope is to be ready by camp or before camp," Jarrett said. "Maybe mandatory mini-camp. I really don't know. I can't really tell you a timetable on the nerve. They say nerves take the longest to heal. I know at three months, that's when I'll start seeing a lot of progression within my arm. But we'll see. I'm not 100 percent sure."
Jarrett wasn't necessarily expected to contribute on defense during the season, as many had him pegged primarily as a special teams contributor at most.
But after excelling early in the absence of both Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland, each of whom served one-game suspensions in the first two weeks, Jarrett became more of a mainstay on defense.
By season's end, Jarrett was sixth on the team in tackles (63) while also recording two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
"You saw him play this year, you saw him at the corner, you saw him play safety; you saw him play some corner. He's got some team ability as well," Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said in January. "He's a really good football player, so yeah it helps out a lot because now you don't have to just pin point him as a one position guy. He's got the versatility, and intelligence, and instincts to play those positions."