Waite has made his stance in the AFL as a very prominent forward. He kicked 36 goals in the 2005 season, finishing second behind Brendan Fevola for the club. He is expected to be a future star for Carlton, however he has been struck down by recurring injuries so far in his career.
Waite was shifted from the forward-line into the back-line through the NAB Cup and early rounds of 2007, in which he was among the best players on the ground playing at centre half-back. However, he again played predominately as a forward, and showed enormous advances in his football intelligence with difficult assists. Despite this, Waite returned to the back-line in 2008 under new coach Brett Ratten.
In 2009, Waite again began to spent time at both ends of the ground. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in Round 9, partially tearing his ACL after hyperextending his left knee when landing on a straight leg. He returned in time for the 2010 season.
In a small part of football history, Waite was the first player ever to be substituted off the ground under the AFL's revised interchange rules in 2011; Waite was concussed in a collision, and was replaced by Kane Lucas in the season's opening match against Richmond. He played the first half of the season, before hamstring and hip injuries kept him out.
Waite was elevated to the club's leadership group for the 2012 season.
Waite married his long-time girlfriend Jackie Spong in early 2012. She is the owner of the Melbourne fashion boutique SISCA. She currently is appearing in the first season of WAG Nation. A reality series that documents the lives of five wives/girlfriends of Australian sportsmens, for which Waite is a part of the supporting cast. It is unknown if Jackie and Jarrad will appear in the second season, set to air later in 2012.