#Respect: Texans Look Forward To Seeing Kareem Jackson

Jackson left Houston for the Broncos in free agency over the offseason, but his imprint on the Texans is still here

Brandon Scott
December 06, 2019 - 8:38 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- For most of Kareem Jackson’s nine seasons with the Texans, he was known as one of the team’s better tacklers and more intelligent football players.

His versatility allowed him to play safety and cornerback in his final season with the Texans. Jackson was influential in defending both the run and pass.

He left Houston in free agency over the offseason for a three-year, $33 million contract with the Denver Broncos, but his imprint on the Texans is still here.

Deshaun Watson, now in his third season quarterbacking the Texans, calls Jackson and fellow veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph the “OGs” given their wealth of experience.

“When I first got here, (Jackson) was I guy I looked up to, gained a lot of information from on and off the field,” Watson said. “We still communicate and talk and support each other. He’s been having a heck of a year. It’s going to be fun to see what he does. When he was here, he was very physical. He was that leader. He was that heart and soul. So you can see that’s what they wanted in Denver for him.”

Jackson is third on the team with 41 tackles, along with an interception and a forced fumble.

His role with the Broncos so far has been similar as it was with the Texans last year, given he’s switched between safety and nickel cornerback due to injuries.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said the change set Jackson back a bit at the safety position, but he’s become more comfortable with time. 

When Texans offensive coordinator watches Jackson on film for the Broncos, he said the former Texan is “noticeably physical.” Jackson’s flying around the field, filling the box to make plays on the ball and doing a good job in coverage, Kelly said. 

That’s the Kareem Jackson that Romeo Crennel remembers, too.

 "He was a pretty good tackler for us. He had versatility, he played corner and played star for us. Particularly at the star, you have to get into the running game, and he was able to get in there, wasn't afraid to throw his body in there and things like that. That's what I remember about him."

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