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Kareem Jackson Coming Up Strong For Texans

Nine-year pro having a career year

November 06, 2018 - 4:58 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Kareem Jackson is having one of the best seasons in his nine-year NFL career, and delivering big hits to the opponents is something that kick starts the Texans’ corner turned safety turned who knows. 

“It kind of gets me going early in the game. To get a chance to kind of get in there early and kind of get dirty, it kind of gets me going. It kind of opens everything else for me, kind of catch a rhythm. I definitely take pride in that. That’s one of the strengths of my game, to come down and be able to help in the run and make some tackles and stuff. So, I definitely take pride in that,” Jackson told the media scrum around his locker on Monday.

Jackson was moved to safety in the off-season for a couple of reasons.  One, it suited his game a little better at this stage of his career.  Two, the Texans had a need at the position especially after Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Recently Jackson can be found at cornerback as injuries at the position have forced him back to his natural position. 

“He’s really come into his own and he has a skillset you can move around. He’s done a really good job for us this year. He’s a very important piece of what we are doing on defense,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.

The physical aspect of the game is something Jackson takes great honor in whether he’s at safety, or at corner.  While he admits that it’s something that gets him going, it gets the rest of his teammates going as well.

“You don’t see many defensive backs willing to do what he does, but he takes pride in it week in and week out to set the tone. It’s a great tone-setter for us,” Texans’ secondary coach Anthony Midget told the media on Tuesday.  “The hit he had the other day on (Phillip) Lindsay, I think it really sparked the group. Week in and week out, that’s something he prides himself on, being a physical, tackling DB and it’s been a joy to watch him do that.”