Kareem Jackson Officially A Safety

Bill O'Brien Confirms

June 24, 2018 - 10:13 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Friday on The Triple Threat that Kareem Jackson is going to play 2018 mostly at safety.

“We’re probably going to full-time move Kareem Jackson to safety and let him battle at the safety spot too.  He’ll be a multi-dimensional player for us,” O’Brien said.

After Andre Hal’s was diagnosed with Hodkin lymphoma, the Texans had a hole to fill.  Along with Jackson, Justin Reid will compete for a starting role.  Reid was the 68th pick, and the first of three third-round picks by the Texans.

Jackson has played in 116 games in his first eight years in the NFL, with nearly all of those snaps coming at corner.  Many think that Jackson, 30, at this stage of his career can benefit by the move to safety, and that he has the skillset to play the position effectively.

While Jackson will get a lot of snaps in camp and during the preseason at safety, his days lining up as a corner aren’t done.  It’s Jackson’s versatility that the Texans think can benefit the defense.

“We have a lot of different packages, we have three main packages.  We play a base defense, a nickel defense and a dime defense.  In some of those packages, Kareem may play nickel, he may play corner, he may start at safety,” O’Brien said.  He’s going to play a lot of safety in the preseason, but he’s going to be a very multi-dimensional player for us.  He’s one of those guys back there that has done it all.  He can play outside corner, he can play inside corner and he can play safety.  That’s his value to our defense, and that’s a big thing.”