Josh Jackson Looking for Giant Leap in 2019

 

Many considered Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Jackson to be a first-round talent entering last year's draft and some thought the Packers would use their first pick on the Iowa prospect.  Instead they were able to draft Jackson in round two and many said he could end up one of the best values in the 2018 draft.

Despite all of the flashes during last preseason, it was clear once 2018 wrapped up that Jackson still had a long way to go towards being a regular corner at the next level.  He needed to make a big leap.

The Packers seem to believe that Jackson will do just that.  They didn't add a cornerback until the sixth round of this year's draft and with Kevin King slowly working his way back, Jackson took reps at outside cornerback with the starters during last week's mini camp.

However, in determining how far Jackson has to go, let's take a quick look back to last season.

In week two against the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for the team's only special teams touchdown all season.  That would end up being Jackson's top highlight all year, however.

In the season finale and with nothing to play for, Jackson turned in one of his worst performances.  He gave up two touchdown passes to Detroit Lions receiver TJ Jones and was also partially responsible for allowing Lions kicker Matt Prater to successfully throw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal.  Despite the fact that the coaching situation was anything but stable and morale was at its lowest point all season, It doesn't get any worse than that.

Jackson ended 2018 with eight penalties, a team high.  

Many felt a move to safety was in the cards for Jackson.  One rationale was that keeping everything in front of him would elevate his ball-hawking skills and minimize his getting beat, which happened too often last season.  After the Packers signed Adrian Amos and drafted Darnell Savage in the first round, the Jackson-to-safety idea was all but dead in the water.

One of the toughest positions to transition between college and the NFL is cornerback.  Teams have to have patience with top prospects and give them every opportunity to learn and improve.  At the 2018 NFL Combine, Jackson said that whichever team drafted him was going to get a player who was accountable and a playmaker.

He showcased his play making abilities during the 2018 preseason but those never translated to the regular season.  2019 is a new opportunity, however.

Jackson has a new coaching staff and gone is Joe Whitt, Jr., one of the best cornerbacks coaches in the league.  The new regime will have to get Jackson to work on his technique and reduce his tendency to rely on his hands in coverage.  Footwork has to improve to help him gain position with the absence of elite speed.

Another part of that transition to the NFL is learning how to learn.  Charles Woodson used to talk about how he learned to study opponents and how much that helped his game.  His influence rubbed off on another young Packers corner at the time, Tramon Williams.  Jackson has hopefully learned a thing or two from Williams.

With King having missed a significant portion of the first two seasons, Jackson's ability to play more consistently would add an enormous boost to the Packers defense and provide a nice insurance policy. 

Training camp is just under two months away and will start to give us a glimpse of how big of a role Jackson can carve out for himself.

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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NickPerry's picture

June 03, 2019 at 06:16 am

I still think the kid is going to be a stud at CB OR Safety because at the end of the day just like I used to say about that other SLOW CB/Safety from Iowa Micah Hyde, he's a Football Player.

Jason mentioned it again.... absence of elite speed. People talk about Jackson's speed like he's running in sand on the beach. If you look at Draft Scout Ratings from CBS Sports Jacksons time in the 40 aren't horrible, actually better than I thought and they have ALL the combine times and scores on this site.

I guess because Jackson had started 12 games in College...12... and teams KNEW it may take a minute for Jackson to not just adjust but gain EXPERIENCE playing CB I'm not overly concerned with him. I think the kid is going to be a ball hawk just like in College. Lets just give him a chance because the leap is coming.

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Boneman's picture

June 03, 2019 at 06:33 am

He doesn't have elite speed but he does have enough speed to start and play at a high level in NFL. This sets up well to be the definition of a '2nd year leap'. Don't underestimate the value of a stronger pass rush. Some of those routes where he got beat or he grabbed and held might not have time to develop with the Smith's and Rashan helping that rush. I look for a strong year from all our secondary.

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IceBowl's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:03 am

J Jackson had a 4.56 40 at the combine. Not elite, but not slow.

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dobber's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:28 am

It's actually pretty average for a CB.

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Southside's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:20 pm

4.48 is the average 40 yard dash time for NFL cornerbacks.

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Southside's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:23 pm

Free safety average 40 time is 4.53

Strong safety average 40 time is 4.55

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dobber's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:24 pm

<< Tips hat >>

:)

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Rak47's picture

June 04, 2019 at 04:00 am

Just wanted to throw this out there for Packer fans who wanted a good laugh. I just read an article on NFL site on how Bruce Arians considers his secondary to be the most improved when asked which unit he thought has improved the most since last year. "Probably secondary. I think we're really, really good," Arians told reporters. " He talks up his CB's then goes on to speak about how well the safeties have done so far, but as the article notes in the next few sentences that, "At safety, Kentrell Brice, 24, is the oldest of the bunch. He is currently expected to start alongside third-year player Justin Evans". Lololololololol. Man I just about fell out my chair laughing after that one. Boy, is Arians in for a surprise!

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greengold's picture

June 03, 2019 at 06:17 am

I have very high hopes for Josh Jackson this season. He has the skills and instincts that you just cannot teach. Being in his 2nd season ought to help his technique development in mirroring other WRs.

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dobber's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:31 am

With the deficiency of good cover CBs in the league and the high attrition rates due to injury, I think the Packers need to--and will--give Jackson every chance to make it at CB. There was plenty of talk of moving him to FS this off-season and there needs to be depth there, too, but people need to be patient.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:42 am

Remember that, while an incredible ballhawk, Jackson converted from WR while in college. He was taken for his ball skills but his technique was less than polished and he didn’t have as many games under his belt as one would ordinarily expect. He was only a one year starter and played almost no true man coverage. His tackling was universally described as needing work.

NFLdraftscout.com summed this above up admirably:

“Jackson's stellar campaign - which included leading the country in interceptions (seven), passes broken up (25) and tied for second with two pick-sixes - is all the more impressive given his relative inexperience and anonymity entering the season. The redshirt junior who signed with Iowa as a lowly two-star recruit began 2017 with just one career start at cornerback and was practicing as a wide receiver as late as the spring of 2015.”

I am not overly surprised that he flashed but struggled technically. Hopefully that is something that he and the team have been working on.

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cheesy_buffalo's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:30 am

I really hope I am wrong, but I don’t think Jackson will develop in GB. He was best in college at playing in a zone scheme and that is where he will excel at the NFL level. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he is another defensive back that we see leave GB and become very effective for a team that utilizes his life skill set.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:48 am

It will be interesting to see what coverage techniques we do use going forward. It’s not a negative to excel at one if one can learn another, it’s a positive. As a one year starter, this guy was a late convert who excelled based on recognition not technique. He had a lot still to learn.

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kevgk's picture

June 03, 2019 at 02:24 pm

Theyre putting him in the slot right now, and I think thats a good spot for him to drop into zone and pick off slants, especially with the new safeties to pick up man coverage if its a vertical route. He has the height for a great red zone weapon too. I hope he isn't a boundary starter at this point in his development, but there are plenty of uses for him on the Packers.

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jannes bjornson's picture

June 03, 2019 at 04:47 pm

Design the Defense to the player's strengths. Combination zones to Man.
Pettine claims he wants to be multiple.

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PeteK's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:35 am

My two biggest concerns going into the season: 2nd and 3rd CBs and backup RT.

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Packers2020's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:09 am

And depth at WR

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 04:51 pm

I’m pretty happy with CB depth. Alexander, King, Williams, Jackson. Don’t overlook Brown either, he showed real potential in my view. That’s 5 before one considers Hollman the rookie and wild cards like Jamerson (more a safety type in my view) and maybe Redmond if he is anywhere close to back to before his ACL issues. That’s without any of the new UDFAs turning out to be a find.

As to WR, I’d say we have a lot of depth. I don’t see a bad prospect on the roster who isn’t here primarily as a returner. I agree that we don’t have a lot of proven players. But proven players typically aren’t available in their prime or with a high upside and Gute inherited a pretty threadbare cupboard with Jordy aging and Cobb oft injured.

Put simply, Adams, MVS, EQ, Allison isn’t a bad top 4. Kumerow and Moore are good depth. Kumerow is a reliable route runner, always useful and Moore, if he gets it could be the second best fast and, if he doesn’t is still as good or better than most team’s number six. This ignores TEs playing WR and Lazard of whom I’ve seen too little. It ignores Davis because I no longer have anything to believe his light will come on. It also ignores his competition as a returner and Redding. Seems to me better than many prior years behind the top 4 and I’m pretty happy with the top 4 as a basis for the future.

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PeteK's picture

June 03, 2019 at 06:48 pm

I agree with you on WR depth, excited to see the competition there this preseason. However, remember with nickel defenses in high use, we really need 3 solid corners and King is unreliable because of injury, Williams long in the tooth but solid, the rest young and unproven . The good news is that the great talent upfront should take a large amount of pressure off the backs.

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Minniman's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:58 pm

How this group of WR's perform (especially the second year guys) is probably one of the things in the coming season that I'm looking forward to the most.

Right here, right now it would be fairest to say that this group has both a high ceiling and a low floor potential.

All things considered, I still don't think that the Packers have done the wrong thing in giving this group every opportunity to develop. They are high end athletes.

Hopefully the D now is set (we.will.see), meaning that if the WR's don't make the jump then their ranks can be bolstered in next years draft (which very early reports are that it may be a very good draft for WR's)

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Packer Dave's picture

June 03, 2019 at 07:44 am

You'd expect jumps from all three of Jackson, Burks and Lancaster.

The first two being raw with tools to work with, and Lancaster with sheer work ethic - even by NFL standards.

Pettine should be able to cook up some awesome mix and match packages this year. I know there has been an article and talk of taking it easy with expectations, but this team is looking better than I can remember in many years.

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stockholder's picture

June 03, 2019 at 08:09 am

Jackson doesn't have Top end speed. Whitt didn't think it was needed. The hips were more important. I'd trade Jackson and Jones. (For a solid 3rd pick.) Jackson won't make the jump. And neither will Jones. Brown will. While we do need depth. And while there are slower Wrs in the NFL. The packers can just let them both put in their time. Use them as the next man up goes. But neither will beat out anyone! Forget locking down the spot they were drafted for.

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stockholder's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:28 am

Only 3 dislikes. Well you won't like this either. But Brown is AL Harris. Give him the time.

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dobber's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:58 am

They're going to need every one of those guys before this season is out.

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flackcatcher's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:38 pm

Ain't that the truth. Nasty secret is the number of DB going down all over the league last year was way up. An unavoidable fact of moving undersized players into slots that were played by ILB.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:13 am

While your Jackson comment deserves the derision based upon his history, you are just as right in my opinion in thinking Brown could be a true find. I’m not sure he has Al’s flexibility, but I agree that he has the potential to grow into being a long time starter in the NFL.

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Demon's picture

June 03, 2019 at 11:19 am

Al Harris was a monster! Its pretty unfair to annoit anyone to be the next Al Harris. We can hope, but ill curb my enthusiasm for a while.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

June 04, 2019 at 02:15 am

Jackson seems more akin to Al Harris than Tony Brown does. Regardless of speed, it never hurts to be able to be physical with receivers.

Jackson does enough well to easily merit more chances.

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flackcatcher's picture

June 04, 2019 at 11:47 am

Yup. It not speed in the 40. It's quickness in the 10. That's why the cone and shuttle tests are more valued by coaches and scouts than the 40 time. Jackson is seriously quick inside the cover area, Like size, those are things one is born with. While Jackson had a rough year, his ability to learn, think, and adapt on the field last year was one of the most impressive things he showed before he got shut down by injury last season. Outside of injury, which is an increasing risk with DB in this league, the only constraint on Jackson is how quickly he can grow into an NFL player.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:00 am

I didn't think they would draft Josh Jackson in R1 and I'm glad they didn't. Until he shows me he can play man then in my mind he's a zone only CB and also not a fit for what they do on defense.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 04:55 pm

Well a zone only CB didn’t fit the past. Don’t know whether it will in the future. However, if one can find a raw natural zone player with a big build for CB, I think one should be able to teach press man techniques. Remember he is a one year starter converted from WR who didn't play press only some off man and primarily zone.

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Cartwright's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:18 am

Jackson was so bad last year he allowed a field goal kicker to score a TD on him. That play alone soured me on this kid. It was late in the season and he should have known his assignment by then. If he's more suited to playing a zone and isn't making the transition to Pettine's scheme and continues to grab and garner penalties packaging him with a disgruntled Jones doesn't sound like a bad idea, as mentioned above, we may have the personnel to replace them, no joshing.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:15 am

Yeah, inexperienced player got fooled playing for a dire ST coach. Let’s write him off.

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Cartwright's picture

June 04, 2019 at 04:25 am

Coldworld, I'm not writing the lad off, he's still a Packer and I'm rootin' for him, but when was the last time you saw a field goal kicker throw for a touchdown. I've been watching football for over 50 years and I don't think I ever saw that play. It works on Madden it but it's supposed to be a dead end play in the NFL. I hate to see ineptitude at that level and when he's wearing a Packer uniform it actually hurts to watch, like 4th and 26. If he intercepts a pass in his first game I'll forget all about it.

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LambeauPlain's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:29 am

If Jackson ran just 1/10th of a second faster in his 40 he’d have “blazing speed”. As it is, he now has “pedestrian speed”.

I don’t think Jackson’s issue is his forty. Many top NFL CBs run 4.5/4.6 but play FAST. Josh just needs to play faster in the man to man Pettine relies on....all relatively brand new to Jackson after his one year as a starting college CB star playing zone. Alexander and King (when healthy), were both quick studies, playing man in college.

Packers have 3 young guys that are athletic studs still learning “new” positions that they first played in college. ILB Summers (QB), T Nijman (DL), and Jackson (WR).

I am excited to see how all 3 develop this summer.

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Packers2020's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:13 am

Jackson's major issue is he is handsy. He grabs and pulls when he shouldn't. That is why he had a ton of penalties last year.

That could be based on what was said here earlier on his inexperience playing corner. He needs to correct that if he is going to stay in the NFL.

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jannes bjornson's picture

June 03, 2019 at 04:56 pm

They get caught spying the QB and by then the WR has the step off his break. He just needs to refine his technique. All the CBs hold but his footwork is off because of his late reads. It's a very fast game at the Pro Level. Film Study and repetition will help him out. Al Harris didn't light the world on fire until his third year etc.

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Southside's picture

June 04, 2019 at 04:30 pm

You want your corners to post a time of 4.5 or under in the forty yard dash. You know what those 4.6 guys give up? Touchdowns. They can not cover 4.4 forty wide receivers. Could you name some of those top cornerbacks you mentioned that run a 4.6 forty? I did an extensive search and could not find any. Not a single one.

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4thand1's picture

June 04, 2019 at 08:23 am

A lot of Jackson bashing as usual from the I want what I want and I want it now crowd. So the kid made some mistakes, so what as long as he learns from them. Give him a chance dammit, very few rookies make a big splash in the secondary. He has the right attitude and wants to learn and play. He will shut up the naysayers this year.

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dobber's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:00 am

I think he's going to grow into a serviceable NFL CB...maybe even a good one. We should see him making strides this year. With an improved pass rush, we should see all the DBs looking better this year.

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stockholder's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:10 am

They may need them. But their wasting Time with them.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:19 am

We “wasted” our time on some of our historically best players. I am thankful that we did. That’s where evaluation comes in not knee jerk gut reactions.

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stockholder's picture

June 03, 2019 at 10:47 am

Yep. And thats how we get nothing for losers too. Draft Busts! How many in TTs last 8 yrs.?

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:05 pm

I’m all on board with ditching the lazy and the ones who simply don’t get it. But only after it has been ascertained that they can’t be taught ( effort is a no tolerance thing for me). That includes factoring in player history. Even a cursory look at this player’s background should give pause to anyone assuming that if he hasn’t clicked by now he won’t.

There is a difference between a not yet ready high upside and a player who just doesn’t have the tools. Worst case the difference is a couple more years of investment in Jackson. That would put us where we are with Josh Jones: make or break.

Until Jones started whining, the consensus was it would be foolish to not give him another chance. Jackson did more in one season in college to justify that extra time than Jones did.

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fastmoving's picture

June 03, 2019 at 03:07 pm

….and most of the time they call here knee jerk reactions "common sense"!

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:06 pm

Or just foolishness. All depends on if it was a good reaction with hindsight.

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4thand10's picture

June 03, 2019 at 09:13 pm

He really didn’t play that bad for his rookie year. The upgrades that they made on the LOS this offseason is only going to make that secondary even better. On paper, this is one of the better defenses we’ve seen in GB for awhile. We’ll see how it shakes out, but I’m predicting a top10 defense.

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cheesehead1's picture

June 03, 2019 at 11:06 am

His constant holding is a big concern. I assume the reason he holds so much is because he’s not the fastest to react. Hoping he can be taught better technique and make a big improvement. Same goes for Burks who was invisible last season.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

June 03, 2019 at 11:52 am

Cornerbacks aren't racing with the WR for 40 yards. He ran a 4.03 in he 20 yard shuttle, which was 5th best among CBs at the combine.

They don't need every guy on the defense to have elite speed. If he's got the instincts, and he does, he can get there in time. He's barely played the position for 2 seasons in college. He just needs to learn and perfect his technique.

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June 03, 2019 at 05:00 pm

Hammer hitting nail....

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Sol's picture

June 03, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Considering the Bears and Vikings have north of 70 Million tied up in guaranteed money in two corners and Detroit has 40 Million in their top two corners.

Plus their players are all closer to 30 years old and none of the Packers have even reached 25 years old.

I consider the Pack as having a steal with a great chance of out preforming our division rivals and maybe even the whole NFL at the corner back spot. All that with less than 20 million guaranteed for the next three years, and thats for all three of their young top guns.

I think the management team gets five stars for this one. Plus with the added pressure on opposing QB's by all the great defensive moves, they will probably all will look like ball hawking pro bowlers.

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June 03, 2019 at 05:10 pm

They should have pursued Gilmore as a free agent, Shut-Down CB and Not re-signed Perry. The blogs were howling for this prior to the debacle 2017 draft. That move would have freed them to select Watt for the Edge and have a pro bowler in hand, not speculating about performance.
Hyde was cheap for Buffalo at 4.5 M Gutekunst salvaged some time last year to try to get competitive. They still could use a veteran CB to fill the ranks.

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NJMagic's picture

June 03, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Always interesting to see that the same folks NOT giving Jackson a chance... are also the ones bemoaning the loss of (older, experienced) Breeland!

Someone explain that paradox to me...

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fastmoving's picture

June 03, 2019 at 03:12 pm

People are not logical, you should learned that especially in the last 2 and a half years. they far from that…….just a pile of emotions with a little education if you are find the better ones…….

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June 03, 2019 at 01:49 pm

the same ones not giving Jackson a chance are the same ones that were wanting to jettison Adams. they still don't get that it may take a few years for the light to come on and in the meantime....patience butterfly.

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Coldworld's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:11 pm

That is so very true.

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jannes bjornson's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:21 pm

They follow fantasy football, not The Game.

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greengold's picture

June 03, 2019 at 04:18 pm

Josh Jackson was one of my top targets in the 2018 draft. We stole him in the 2nd Round. This is a very special player, with incredible instincts and an innate ability to steal away the football. Those aren't learned traits.

Discounting him for his rookie campaign which was a giant learning curve for him, since he had only played zone coverage at Iowa to me is insane. Rookies take time to develop. All of them do. Give the guy a break. See what he does this season, with a real pass rush. On that note, ANY CB/DB is going to be made to look like a fool without a pass rush.We didn't have the personnel last season. Matthews and Perry were two of the worst ranked pass rushers in the NFL. Add to that his first year playing man coverage, as a rookie? Wow.

Josh Jackson was the #4 ranked CB in the entire draft by PFF. He was considered a Top 20 prospect until his Combine 40 set him back. He's a gifted player who should reach the Pro Bowl at some point. Giving up on him because he didn't produce the way some fans want as a rookie is foolish. I mean, exponentially so...

I believe Josh Jackson is going to light it up this season.

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June 03, 2019 at 05:22 pm

I agree with the caveat that he could be one who will take another year to hit his stride properly. He just hasn’t had much experience at CB and despite his natural skills working in college, he needed a lot of work on technique.

If he clicks though, I agree that what he did with his raw ball and anticipatory skills in his one year starting were amazing. This kid won games for his team. Not many do that as a first year starter at CB. Then there will be some Adams scale egg on the faces of some here. Yes there’s a risk in potential, but this kid has put enough on tape that I’m more than willing to take that risk in his case.

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Lare's picture

June 03, 2019 at 05:50 pm

As I've said before, I'm not going to pass judgement on any Packers players until after Ive seen them with new coaches in the new system.

Nothing is ever what it was, it's always what it is.

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June 03, 2019 at 08:18 pm

I wouldn't give up on the guy until hes vetted thoroughly at CB and Safety. We cannot give away another good secondary player just because he is/was used improperly or out of place. If Jackson would be a better safety they better give him some time there and see if hes a fit.

Hyde and Randall as full time safeties and Hayward as a perimeter CB all excelled with different teams. Why couldnt GB see that themselves.

I hope Josh Jones isnt gonna be the next guy that moves on and plays well for someone else, that would sting. Maybe he just sucks but I just find it hard to believe they cant figure out where to best use him yet. Was his big game against Cincy in year 1 just a mirage, a fluke, sunshine on a dogs ass or 1 game wonder.

Whatever it is or was I just want to see these guys being put in position to succeed. I really dont want to see them forcing the square peg into the round hole anymore. If it eases in fine, if not then try a different hole.

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June 03, 2019 at 11:51 pm

Team did. But the Packers secondary was hit hard by wave after wave of injuries starting in 2013, forcing them to play some of their best DB out of position. In 2017, playing the Vikings at Minn the entire secondary, including starters and core backups were wiped out for most of the season. Rollins tore his quad and ended his football season and career early in the second half. While most of the starting OL suffered from injuries in that game, it was the lost of starters and core players from that unit that doomed the Packers in a passing league that year. (And losing QB1 was the cherry on top)

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CAG123's picture

June 04, 2019 at 05:49 am

I’m still not sure he just doesn’t have the speed or hip fluidity to play press it’s the reason guys like that are zone corners which is why he racked up those high interception numbers he’s at his best with his eyes on the QB.I would still like to bank on him making that jump especially considering he’s from Iowa and they’ve had a habit of producing guys that aren’t the most athletic but always seem to have high football IQ.

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Monsmoy's picture

June 04, 2019 at 09:27 am

Jackson had a hard rookie welcome to the NFL, made harder by opposing teams recognising that he was often the least experienced/capable CB on the field. He should make the step, perhaps in year three? I am intrigued to see how Tony Brown plays this year (& Raven Green at S). If neither Brown or Jackson become starter level players this year, we will have to draft a CB in rd 2 at the 2020NFLDraft. There are plenty of very good ones who could start and Jackson/Brown provide depth for Alexander/King injuries.

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dobber's picture

June 04, 2019 at 10:05 am

" There are plenty of very good ones who could start and Jackson/Brown provide depth for Alexander/King injuries."

I hope they aren't "running on empty" or that I'll need to "doctor my eyes" when they play...

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IceBowl's picture

June 04, 2019 at 09:20 pm

dobber,

Please don't be "runnin blind." :-)

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greengold's picture

June 04, 2019 at 02:24 pm

Kind of funny, but, didn't San Diego's secondary realize immense success the last two seasons with Joey Bosa coming onto the scene in 2016 and a complete transformation of their pass rush?

The year Bosa was drafted, 2016, SD ranked 29th overall in team defense. The very next year, they add some quality players again to their pass rush and to their secondary, and they wound up ranking 3rd overall in 2017, and 8th overall in 2018.

Man, if Kevin King can stay healthy, along with the rest of this Packers team, along with some further player development in Pettine's system, we could be in for something very special this year, and beyond.

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Southside's picture

June 04, 2019 at 07:15 pm

I like Jackson, but he does not have the speed to be a good CB. He should be working with the safeties. He's a safety. Sooner or later he will end up there. To those of you that do not think 40 times for NFL cornerbacks is important the experts say you do not know what you are talking about and are just making shit up. Do some research. The only reason he's still at cornerback is because the Packers need him there for depth.

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greengold's picture

June 05, 2019 at 06:54 am

Oh, please... do some research. Richard Sherman had a 4.56 40 time.

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June 05, 2019 at 07:18 am

4.56 now, but he's at the end of his career. He ran a 4.28 prior to the draft in 2011. Research. Do it. It will help you look like you know what you are talking about.

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June 05, 2019 at 01:40 pm

It was his combine time prior to the draft.

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Southside's picture

June 05, 2019 at 07:26 am

On March 17, 2011, Sherman participated at Stanford's pro day and attempted to improve on his combine performance. He performed the 40-yard dash (4.28s), 20-yard dash (2.56s), 10-yard dash (1.58s), vertical jump (37"), broad jump (11'0"), short shuttle (4.29s), and three-cone drill (6.72s).

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