Jackson played nine snaps in Sunday’s 26-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets, and although his stat line doesn’t jump off the page (seven carries, 15 yards), this is a case where it requires looking beyond the numbers.
The goal Sunday was to help the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jackson shake off rust from having not played football for almost a full year. And, in the process, to give the coaching staff a feel for if Jackson still has some juice to power through opposing defenders.
The story said one run stood out: it was Jackson’s 7-yard jaunt with 5:15 remaining in regulation. On the play, Jackson came rumbling downhill, decisively cut to his right and lowered his pads after powering through the gap between right tackle Marcus Cannon and tight end Rob Gronkowski to run through cornerback Marcus Gilchrist.