The Tennessee Titans wrapped up their mandatory minicamp on June 18th and former USC Trojan Adoree’ Jackson is fitting right in. Cornerback was one the Titans greatest needs going into the draft, and in the deepest cornerback draft in recent history, many expected the Titans to go in a different direction and pick either Marshon Lattimore or Jamal Adams.
However, the Titans needed a specific kind of corner, someone who could match up well inside, outside and track faster receivers in man coverage. With that in mind, the Titans used one of their two first-round picks, number 18 overall, to bring in the 2016 Thorpe Award Winner.
Since Jackson has gotten into camp he has had one goal: earn the trust of his fellow teammates.
In an interview with Titansonline.com Senior Writer Jim Wyatt, Jackson said the following: “I just want to get comfortable as fast as possible. I want them to know I know what I am doing, and earn their trust. I want them to be able to count on me when I’m out there. But I know I have to put in the work to make that happen.”
When it comes to a position battle, there isn’t much talk of Jackson starting just yet, although, it is clear Titans’ Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau believes he has the skills needed to be a factor in today’s NFL. “That’s the game today in the NFL. You’ve got people spread out all over and the quarterbacks are pretty adept at getting the ball out to them. You need people to match them, and he’s one of the kind that can,” said LeBeau to ESPN Staff Writer Paul Kuharsky.
While no starters have been named due to injuries and lack of depth on the Titans roster, Jackson will most likely be able to compete for starting spot and substantial playing time.
Training camp is still a little over a month away, and Jackson’s position on the depth chart will become clearer then. As for now, he focused on getting into his playbook and learning as much as he can before then.
Including getting the advanced terminology down as well.