Insider Exclusive: WR Brandon Jackson Q&A

SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler continues his interview with rookie receiver Brandon Jackson, this time for Insiders only. Jackson talks about making the big jump from North Texas, where he started out at safety and -- even after moving to offense -- never had an offensive playbook.

Michael Kranzler: Have any of the veterans started to take you under their wing?

Brandon Jackson: Yeah, Vincent Jackson has. I've asked him a lot [of questions], and he has helped me out and tried to give me the best ways to learn the playbook and learn the routes.

MK: You had close to 80 catches in your senior season but only one touchdown. Was there any specific reason for this?

BJ: It's funny that you asked that. It's crazy, because a lot of people ask that, but I had a lot of close calls and actually would have had seven touchdowns, but either I got tackled on the one-yard line, I caught the ball out of bounds, or there was a penalty. So, it was just unfortunate events.

MK: No. 49 is a pretty odd number for a wide receiver to wear. Was there any special significance to it?

BJ: Actually, yeah. I played receiver all through high school, but a lot of the schools that recruited me wanted me as a DB. When I went to North Texas, Coach Dickie was like, "I want you to play safety," so it was the number that he gave me. My freshman year during two-a-days, all of our receivers got hurt, and he asked me if I wanted to go back to playing receiver and I said yes because I could not play defense. I could not tackle people every play and I didn't know what I was doing. I decided to keep my number because it was unique and special and something that nobody had.

MK: How does the Chargers' playbook compare to the playbook at North Texas?

BJ: [Laughing] Well first of all, we didn't even have a playbook at North Texas. Coming from the spread, it was all signals. It's just crazy now to see a playbook, and you can see just how much stuff can go into an offense. It's crazy.

MK: What is it like going up against an elite NFL corner like Antonio Cromartie in practice?

BJ: It's kind of weird at first because you're shell-shocked, but once you get out there a couple of times you realize its just football.

MK: Is there anything that you want to say to all the Chargers fans out there or that you would want them to know about you?

BJ: Be ready for a good season. Hopefully you'll see me a lot, so be ready for some spectacular catches.

Click here for the rest of this interview, where Jackson talks about tightening his game, making spectacular catches and more.


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