Titans' Adoree' Jackson has the goods, but not the job

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When the Titans open the season http://www.arimtex.com/chase-headley-jersey-c-1_44.html Sept. 10 against the Oakland Raiders, its possible neither of their first-round picks will make a significant impact on the game.
In the case of receiver and No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis, its a matter of injury and time. He will matter this season. But the hamstring he injured Aug. 3 has kept him out since then, will keep him out of Sundays third preseason game against Chicago and then theres no telling. Davis has said hell play in the opener, but the Titans are not going to rush anything with an injury that can linger and a player theyll need.
In the case of cornerback and No. 18 overall pick AdoreeJackson, hell have a chance to impact every game this season as a returner hes as dangerous as advertised, confirmed in Saturdays 34-27 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers. But on the days he is contained in that aspect, he may have nothing else to do with the outcome.
At least thats how it looks with two preseason games to go and no indication that Jackson is seriously pushing LeShaun Sims for a starting cornerback job. Brice McCain is working the slot as the fifth defensive back when the first-team defense goes to nickel coverage, while Jackson saw time on the outside and in the slot Saturday with the No. 2 defense.
Thats not what I expected to see by now, considering Jacksons draft-day prominence and physical gifts. I also didnt know Sims would be this solid and consistent, and with free-agent pickup Logan Ryan locked in as a starter on the other side, this is partly about a secondary that has some depth and a chance to improve on last seasons dismal bottom line.
Still, Jackson was picked where he was picked to help this defense. He does enough spectacular things in individual drills to make you think thats an inevitability. But theres much more to succeeding in the complexity of Dick LeBeaus defense.
When you draft an athlete in the first round, youre expecting him to come in and contribute pretty quickly, and I think Adoreeis doing a http://www.armacan.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_13.html great job,LeBeau said this week. He has a long way to go yet, so well see. But he himself is doing an excellent job.
You hear nothing but praise for the 5-foot-11 Jackson inside the Titans locker room. Rishard Matthews called him a ball hawkand said: Hes not just your regular corner whos just going to defend you. Hes going to defend you and also look up for the interception.
Hes a good guy, man. Hes a good teammate,Ryan said of his young understudy. And he handles everything coming at him pretty well. Nothings too much for Adoreeon his plate. Hes making the most of his opportunity, returned that punt, made some plays on defense. Hes not pressing.
Saturday did look like a step for Jackson, beyond the called-back 63-yard punt return that saw him split Carolinas gunners and blaze past everyone else on his way to the end zone. He finally played corner in the fourth defensive series, with the twos, and he went on a little run in the fifth series.
He was in the slot, with McCain and Kalan Reed on the outside, when he read a receiver screen to Russell Shepard, darted past a block and finished an ankle tackle. He went across the field to tackle running back Fozzy Whittaker. He provided sticky coverage on Shepard and star Kelvin Benjamin on Gregory Polanco Youth Jersey consecutive pass plays that went elsewhere.
Posted 21 Aug 2017

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