Kareem Jackson’s position in Denver “yet to be determined”

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The Broncos moved quickly to add Kareem Jackson to their defense, but they’ll be deliberate when it comes to deploying him in their defense.

Jackson was a cornerback for his first eight years in Houston, but shifted to safety with the Texans ahead of the 2018 season. Losing Kevin Johnson after Week One forced the Texans to start shuffling him between the two spots and that versatility was something that the Broncos found attractive.

It is also keeping them from making a definitive choice about where he will be playing in 2019.

“That’s yet to be determined,” head coach Vic Fangio said, via the team’s website. “Once we get the team here and start working out — that’s one of his strong suits, he can play corner, safety, nickel — we’ll use him where we most need him or that best fits him.”

The Broncos have said goodbye to a player at each of the spots in the secondary. They released safety Darian Stewart last week and cornerback Bradley Roby switched spots with Jackson by signing with the Texans this week.

4 responses to “Kareem Jackson’s position in Denver “yet to be determined”

  1. Watched K-Jack up close and personal for his entire career. He’s short, has short arms, not especially quick nor fast, can’t leap, and if he turns his back to the ball at all he’ll never ever find it again (besides the endzone)…other than that, a helluva cornerback.

    In 2018 the Texans did what they should have done years ago, move Jackson to safety. He does a nice job if (if, if, if, if) the play is in front of him within 10-15 yds of the LoS – he is a heckuva tackler for a DB, one of the game’s best – but only if he can keep the ball in front of him and his coverage responsibility is neither quick nor fast.

  2. “In 2018 the Texans did what they should have done years ago, move Jackson to safety”

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    His coverage grades have been good at both positions his entire career. While you are right about his physical limitations, you are mistaken in limiting the effectiveness of his instincts in coverage and his ability to adjust for his lack of deep speed with those instincts. Your analysis reduces Jackson to a slow, uninstinctive, non versatile player who is only good at tackling after he’s given up a play. He’s not Malcolm Butler.

  3. He has always been a better safety than a corner, if Denver were smart they would use him at Safety. RD’s assessment above is correct. He’s not elite by any means and although he has had good stats/grades, he’s been burned when it counts most. Guys like TY Hilton easily get away from him. He offers versatility because he can be play both corner and safety and that is why the Texans held on to him for so long. Good luck in Denver K-Jack.

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