Jackson was pegged by many to be a candidate that would breakout last fall. Instead, a left-knee injury derailed his entire 2014 season.
Fast-forward to now and Jackson is back on the practice field, once again trying to prove himself to a new secondary coach at a new position.
Through two spring practices, Jackson is playing cornerback, the position he was rated by Scout.com out of high school.
“At corner I feel like I can play physical with the wide receiver off the line of scrimmage – I really like that,” said Jackson. “I thought it was set in stone with nickel and was ready to play nickel…It’s just a transition.”
While Jackson’s rehab was only four-months, allowing him to partake in winter conditioning, it was a tough four-months to get back to where he is now – he says better than before.
“It was a difficult rehab, it’s always difficult, but you have to hang in there. You have to have a goal. My goal was to come back in four-months,” said Jackson, who credits working alongside fellow injured players Michael Rose and Adam Taylor as the reason he got back so fast. . “We just stuck together. It was more of a mental thing more than anything. We had each other’s backs and knew where the other person was coming from.”
While the relationship is fairly new, Jackson feels new secondary coach Brian Stewart is a “great guy,” and a “good coach” – someone that can help this set of defensive backs do big things in 2015.“I think he moves around well,” said Stewart when asked about Jackson. “As far as literally everything else, I haven’t really focused in on just one guy yet…he didn’t play a lot last year, evaluating tapes from last year, I only really got to look at the four to five guys who played.”