J.C. Jackson “embracing the challenge” of being Patriots’ top corner

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The Patriots will kick off the 2021 season against the Dolphins on Sunday, but cornerback Stephon Gilmore won’t be part of the action.

Gilmore remained on the physically unable to perform list through last week’s cut to 53 players and he will miss at least six weeks of the regular season as a result of that decision. That pushes the remaining corners up a rung on the depth chart and J.C. Jackson is now the No. 1 player on that list after playing alongside Gilmore in the past.

Jackson heads into the season firm in the belief that he’s the right man for the job.

“I’m ready,” Jackson said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “I’m embracing the challenge, man. I love it. I’m ready. I prepared for it all offseason, all training camp. We’ll see.”

Gilmore’s desire for a new contract never resulted in a deal and it’s unclear if he’ll be back at any point this season. A strong start for Jackson will make that a less pressing question in New England.

9 responses to “J.C. Jackson “embracing the challenge” of being Patriots’ top corner

  1. The loss of Gilmore, even for half the season, is a major loss. The team needs the defense to play a dominant role while Jones gets acclimated to leading the offense against NFL defensive players and coaches. He needs to play with a lead. He needs to have the full playbook in his quiver to keep defenses honest. The Pats front seven look dominant. The defensive backfield not so dominant.

  2. Good thing fhe run d and pass rush will be vastly improved. Mills is an upgrade over McCourty, bur Jackson needs to play like a 1B, which maybe he can.

  3. JCJackson reminds me of a poor man’s Asante Samuel. Great ball hawk, but mediocre cover guy. He can’t take away half the field with no help, like Gilmour. Mills or JWilliams as your #2 is a recipe for disaster if the Pats formidable pass rush can’t get home. Thankfully, they have 3 good safeties.

  4. tedmurph says:
    September 7, 2021 at 9:54 am
    JCJackson reminds me of a poor man’s Asante Samuel. Great ball hawk, but mediocre cover guy. He can’t take away half the field with no help, like Gilmour. Mills or JWilliams as your #2 is a recipe for disaster if the Pats formidable pass rush can’t get home. Thankfully, they have 3 good safeties.

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    Well, since Samuel thrived in zone and Jackson plays a lot of man, that doesn’t make sense. Not to mention, their physical make up couldn’t be any different.

    Jackson has been a top 5 CB the last 2 years and doesn’t avoid tackling like Samuel did, not to mention choke on end of game INTs.

    Samuel was a poor man’s Jackson. Jackson will cash in next year somewhere and someone will claim BB can’t draft.

  5. Hopefully he can pick off a couple of Brady’s errant throws after he faces the Patriots ferocious pass rush.

  6. Gilmore turns a good Pats secondary into a great one. However, it won’t be the end of the world not having him.

  7. Samuel was a 4x ProBowler and a 2x All Pro. Get back to me when Jackson wins something. And, he’s NOT A top 10 CB never mind top 5. PFF has him ranked 16th going into this year, They had him in the 60’s for 2020. Wonder why? Gilmour wasn’t there half the time.

  8. Jackson will cash in next year somewhere and someone will claim BB can’t draft.

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    Uhh- Bill can’t draft, at least the last 5 years. Jackson was an Undrafted F.A.- emphasis on the “Undrafted” part! Good player, hope he can rise to the occasion. Bill got schooled by Gilmore and now the team has to cover for him.

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