Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has all the physical skills, but what about the mental ones?
While Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson isn’t able to do much physically as he rehabs from offseason ankle surgery, he is doing what he can to get stronger mentally.
There is no question that Jackson is a physical specimen, capable of shutting down most top receivers on his best day.
Consistency, however, is not his specialty and it is something that has plagued him in his young career. That and not being able to tune-out the noise around him, some of which can be negative at times.
According to Turron Davenport of ESPN.com, Jackson is aware he needs to make improvements between the ears.
“I want to be more mentally sharp and physically be at peace with myself and do everything that I want to do,” he explained. “If I can be the best me I can be, I know it will be beneficial to the team. I did it before in college and high school. I am trying to develop and get better.”
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel gave some more insight into what bothers Jackson.
“Everybody has an opinion. That’s this business, but we have to focus on what we can control,” Vrabel said. “I’ve learned that you try to live your life like a river. On one bank is the future. On the other bank is the past. When you worry about the future, it’s called anxiety. When you worry about the past, it’s called depression. We have to try to stay focused on what’s happening now.”
As Davenport also noted, Jackson is seeking the mentoring of one of his veteran teammates, fellow corner Logan Ryan, who can certainly teach the youngster a thing or two.
Jackson is entering his third season in the NFL and appears to have the right mindset as he looks to take the next step. The Titans will need him if they hope to equal or improve upon their top-six ranking against the pass last season.
With all the talent he possesses, the only thing keeping Jackson from being one of, if not the best in the game is what goes on upstairs. Now that’s he pinpointed his biggest weakness, it’s possible that the skies the limit this coming season for the 23-year-old former first-round pick.