At this point, we don’t know what role cornerback Josh Jackson is going to have in the Green Bay Packers’ defense.
The assumption is the Packers are going to lead with Tramon Williams and Kevin King, with Jaire Alexander in the slot. I can’t say I would have a huge issue with that.
Williams has proven that he’s still a viable stopper, even at 35-years-old. Alexander is the team’s first-round pick and has the speed and the swag to not be overwhelmed by the league. King, although he wasn’t great last year, is a former top draft pick and supposedly now healthy.
So where does that leave second-round pick Josh Jackson?
For one thing, regardless of how the Packers stack the depth chart, it leaves him as the highest-graded player in the preseason. Jackson got a 93.4 from Pro Football Focus, tied for the highest grade they gave, while making their all-preseason team. And their final team wasn’t just a bunch of clowns who didn’t make a roster.
Here are a few other guys on their all-preseason defensive team: Patrick Peterson, Geno Atkins, Gerald McCoy, Shaq Thompson, Myles Garrett.
His 93.4 grade was tied with Peterson, by the way.
But here’s what they had to say about Jackson.
Nine targets. Two receptions. 14 yards. Zero touchdowns. One interception returned for a touchdown. 0.0 NFL passer rating allowed. In this case, the numbers speak for themselves.
So what is Josh Jackson? We all know preseason means shit.
I’d say he’s an NFL starter. A starter for the Green Bay Packers. The question is when?
Mike McCarthy has seemingly been loathe to start rookies. Clay Matthews didn’t start right away. Even though there was a need and we now know he’s a bum, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix didn’t start right away.
Guys have to be thrust into roles or bide their time. That’s the pattern.
The best left tackle in the game, David Bakhtiari, only started 16 games as a rookie because Bryan Bulaga (surprise!) got injured. Bulaga never reclaimed the left tackle spot and was moved to right tackle.
The obvious implication here is Gravy Head doesn’t really know how to evaluate talent.
Is Jackson better in the slot than Alexander? Doubtful. The Packers have really only played Jackson outside. Obviously, he’s shown great things so far. But Tramon isn’t going anywhere for at least a year — he has a two-year deal, but the Packers can realistically drop him after this season. They want to see King. They need to see King.
At this point, Josh Jackson is looking at getting minimal playing time for at least a year. And this says nothing of veteran Davon House, who would possibly be ahead of Jackson in the cornerback rotation.
Seems to me Kevin King better ball his ass off or else.