Jackson, Tagovailoa and all the other rookies that entered the NFL last year had to wait until training camp to get their first in-person work with their new teams and many had difficulties working out on their own due to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. That has not been the case this offseason and Jackson said it has been beneficial to his preparation.
“Things are a lot different when you’re not in a pandemic,” Jackson said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “Being able to just have way more access to resources this year as opposed to last year certainly helps a lot. Getting my feet set for my second year. Having more knowledge. Knowing a little bit more of what to expect.”
Jackson started 12 games as a rookie and may be the only player from last year’s line in the same spot this year. He said he expects to see a “jump from the offensive line” and the nature of the offseason would seem to make that likelier than it was a year ago.