Day two of practices in Nahsville for the Bucs and the Titans concluded around lunchtime and one player for Tennessee that made an impression was on their defensive side.
Second year defensive back Adoree’ Jackson, the Titans first round pick a year ago, went head to head repeatedly with Bucs WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson and more than held his own.
✅ Adoree’ INT
Titans CBs handling the Bucs WRs much better today. pic.twitter.com/vx1axhpVV1
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) August 16, 2018
What Jackson, listed at 5’11 185 lbs., has demonstrated is that he can play much taller than his stature, if needed. And Titans media continued to take note while watching him battle at the Titans facility:
Adoree Jackson just showed size is not a skill. Went vs Mike Evans in the corner if the end zone. Jackson jumped up and tipped the ball to himself for an INT in 7 on 7. #Titans
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 16, 2018
Granted, these were in a lot of cases drills and 7 on 7 repetitions, but still when it was 11 on 11, at times, Jackson was standing out. This is interesting, because big free agent acquisition Malcolm Butler has been having some trouble one on one with Evans and Jackson over the two days.
During new Titans coach Mike Vrabel’s news conference, he was asked after briefly about Jackson:
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 16, 2018
“I didn’t see the backflip. Saw the ball get batted down. If he wants to backflip after he intercepts the ball, bats it down, I’m all for it.”
Jackson did not have an interception but did have 17 passes defended and 61 tackles, while playing in all 16 games in 2017. And, one of the other reasons that Tennessee spent a first round pick on him is his kick return ability. He was near lethal on both punts and kickoffs while at USC.
In his rookie year, Jackson averaged 8.5 yards per punt return and 23.1 yards on his kickoff returns, but his longest return was only 25 yards in 2017.
Now the question becomes: will Jackson take the next steps to become a great corner and dynamic returner this year in his career? We should get a good sample from him playing against the Bucs for a lot of the first half on Saturday night.
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