Jackson was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He played in 13 games with nine starts at right guard in his rookie campaign. However, he was sidelined for the entire 2016 season due to knee surgery and was released on Tuesday to make room for cornerback Malcolm Butler, who signed his restricted free agent tender with New England.
In direct correlation with Jackson joining the Rams, the team parted ways with cornerback Kevin Short, who signed on the practice squad last December and later inked a reserve/future contract in January. Given that Rob Havenstein is expected to move to right guard with Greg Robinson going to right tackle, it puts the former Florida State product in the position to compete with Jamon Brown for the backup role behind Havenstein.
The addition of Jackson just furthers fuels the notion that Los Angeles is looking to improve their offensive line ahead of next season. This has been one of their key weak points over the last few years and they have made notable additions in free agency this year with the signings of former Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan.