Green Bay Packers could consider cutting CB Josh Jackson this offseason
The Green Bay Packers selected cornerback Josh Jackson in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the hopes he would help solidify their secondary.
But after barely seeing the field in 2019, the Packers might be ready to move on from Jackson in the offseason, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
The 2018 second-round pick could barely get on the field last season. After playing more than 700 snaps as a rookie, he was relegated mostly to special teams this past season, playing barely more than 100 snaps despite being mostly healthy. Free agents Chandon Sullivan and Will Redmond played more in the defensive backfield than the 45th pick in the draft two years ago. Maybe the athletic, ball-hawking Jackson would be better served in another system.
Jackson played in all 16 games during his rookie season, making 10 starts at corner. Though he failed to record a single interception, he notched 10 pass deflections and also recorded 49 total tackles.
But Jackson played just 10 percent of all defensive snaps for the Packers this past season, and the results were not very pretty when he was on the field.
Opposing quarterbacks completed 6-of-7 passes when targeting the former Iowa star, with one of those going for a touchdown. Granted, that is an extremely small sample size, but the numbers hardly inspire confidence in Jackson’s abilities as a cover corner.
The Packers were one of the most inconsistent defenses in the NFL last season, and they ended up finishing towards the middle of the league in terms of defensive DVOA. They were strong against the pass, however, ranking 10th in DVOA in that category.
In that regard, perhaps Demovsky is right to suggest the Packers might look to cut Jackson given they are already fairly set in the defensive backfield.