Every Tennessee Titans fan knows Marcus Mariota may find himself on the chopping block if he doesn’t perform this season. Another name I believe should be added to the block is Adoree Jackson.
Jackson’s defensive stats have been average compared to his fellow corners who were drafted in the first round of the 2017 draft.
He leads the 2017 first-round corners in games played(35) and tackles(151). He is also third in pass deflections with 27.
However, he is struggling to get his hands on the ball. He is last in picks (2) compared to the rest of the group. That includes Raiders corner Gareon Conley, who has only played in 19 games. Conley has three interceptions and one touchdown.
Where Jackson’s numbers take a dip is in advanced stats. He ranked behind all but one (Marshon Lattimore) corner from the first round of the 2017 draft in every productivity stat last season.
These stats include receptions allowed, yards allowed, yards per reception, pass breakups, and touchdowns allowed. He ranked 82, 84, 63, 38, and 51 in each respective category among all corners in the league.
Those numbers are simply not good enough for a first round draft pick.
Another category that I, along with many disgruntled Titans fans, noticed where Jackson is struggling is punt returning.
When the Titans drafted Jackson in 2017, they thought they were getting a perineal corner and returner.
Whoa. Tennessee Titans taking CB Adoree Jackson, USC. Best returner in draft. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 28, 2017
In his senior season at USC he returned two kicks and two punts for touchdowns.
His numbers were very promising in his rookie year. He had 290 yards on 34 returns. Including three for 20+ yards and one for 40+.
However, his numbers dipped in 2018 where he had 148 yards on 16 returns. He only had one return for more than 20 yards and none for more than 40. He also had three fumbles.
Jackson has already added one (costly) fumble this season (in the Titans’ loss to the Jaguars). That brought his total fumbles up to five in his career.
I’m not suggesting the team cut or trade Jackson in the middle of the season. I believe it is worth letting him finish the season.
However, if his numbers continue to dip, I think the Titans should use Jackson as trade bait in the offseason.
It’s worth noting that there are multiple corners coming up in the 2020 draft. I think Jeff Okudah, C.J. Henderson, Kristian Fulton, Xavier McKinney, and Paulson Adebo all have first-round potential and could fill in Jackson’s place if the Titans choose to move Adoree Jackson.
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