New England had to make a decision on both Jacksons today by 4:00pm due to the limitations of their roster exemptions for the reserve/PUP list status. Both players started practicing three weeks ago, and were designated as officially practicing with the team. In order to make room, the team released tight end Marcellus Rivers earlier in the week, and safety Raymond Ventrone today.
Chad Jackson was the team's second round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.(36th overall). The Patriots traded with the Green Bay Packers to move up to select Jackson after losing veteran David Givens to free agency and having contract concerns with the team's other leading receiver Deion Branch. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Florida product participated in 12 games fro the Patriots his rookie season with one start. He recorded 13 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson tore his ACL in the AFC Championship loss to the Indianapolis Colts in February and was placed on the PUP list at the start of the season.
Eddie Jackson was acquired in the 2007 off-season as an unrestricted free agent. Jackson spent the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2005-06), but was limited by injury. The 6-foot, 200-pound cornerback tore his ACL on Christmas Day 2006, and was placed on injured reserve. He began the 2007 season on the PUP list after rehabbing his injury throughout training camp with the Patriots. Jackson played in 39 games with three starts over his three-year career. He originally signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004.
Ray Ventrone has been on and off the roster a number of times. He was activated from the Patriots practice squad prior to the Colts game last week. The team has an open spot on the practice squad, and it's likely Ventrone will return to that spot after he clears waivers.