Adoree' Jackson named a top defensive back breakout candidate
The 2019 season will mark the third for Adoree' Jackson in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.
In his first two seasons in two-tone blue, Jackson has had his moments as a cornerback for the Titans. He has exhibited the potential to be a solid cornerback in the NFL.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com identified nine defensive back breakout candidates for the 2019 season and Jackson made the list. Here's what Brandt had to say about Jackson.
Physical skills aren't an issue with Jackson, an Olympic-level athlete. Rather, the key for him is getting more consistent. Jackson has to put up more performances like his stellar outing against Patriots receiver Josh Gordon in Tennessee's Week 10 win over New England -- and eliminate duds like his effort against the Colts' T.Y. Hilton in Week 11. If he can become more consistent, Jackson can become one of the NFL's top cornerbacks. Jackson reportedly spent more time at the Titans' headquarters this offseason in an effort to become a better student of the game, and his hard work should pay dividends as he returns from a foot injury that sidelined him from doing on-field work during OTAs and minicamp. Jackson has a chance to be an All-Pro if he can put it all together.
As Brandt noted, Jackson did not take part in team drills during OTAs and minicamp due to his offseason foot procedure. We'll have to see how head coach Mike Vrabel handles Jackson once training camp starts on July 26th. Something else to watch is whether or not Jackson will have a role returning punts for the Titans in 2019. He did not get any reps at returner.
Jackson is entering his third season with the Titans. Last season, Jackson recorded 73 tackles with two for a loss, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions. The two interceptions were the first of NFL career. Jackson's 73 tackles were good for fifth on the Titans last season behind inside linebacker Wesley Woodyards's 113, inside linebacker Jayon Brown's 97, safety Kevin Byard's 90 and cornerback Logan Ryan's 76. Jackson also returned 16 punts for 148 with an average of 9.3 yards per return. In two seasons for the Titans, Jackson has recorded 143 tackles with three for a loss, 27 passes defensed, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Jackson has a total of 50 punt returns for 438 with an 8.8 yards per punt return average. In 2017, Jackson also handled kickoff returns. That season had a total of 25 kickoff returns for a total of 578 yards with an average of 23.1 yards per return and a long return of 57 yards. Wide receiver Darius Jennings handled kickoff returns for the Titans in 2018.
Jackson and the Titans have a break between minicamp and training camp. The rookies, quarterbacks, and injured player report to Saint Thomas Sports Park on July 22nd. We'll have to wait and see if Jackson reports on the 22nd or if he reports with the veterans on July 25th. The first training camp practice is set for July 26th.