March 24, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #12 Kareem Jackson

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season. 




After an impressive 2012 season where starting cornerback Kareem Jackson took some big strides as a NFL player, his 2013 season was a mixed bag. He had an up and down season which resulted in a late season slump that produced four touchdowns given up by Jackson in the last four games of the season. Jackson gave up six touchdowns during the season, but he did post career bests in coverage with average yards per catch against (10.4) and total yards after the catch (95). Prior to this season Jackson was giving up his previous three seasons on average 15.6 yards a catch and 259 total yards after the catch.

His touchdown numbers stayed with what he has done in the past, but his real value is his ability to play run support from the corner position. Against Arizona this season he took on two blockers to make a play on the ball carrier that resulted in broken ribs that kept him out of two games. Jackson’s toughness to play physical  from the position is and added plus for any defense.

Like all corners in the NFL, coverage is tough with the rules weighed in the advantage of the offense and he struggled at times. His ball awareness still needs polishing, and he was a flag magnet on questionable pass interference calls all season. There is no doubt Jackson has to cut down on the penalties in coverage, but he has shown he can play good coverage like he did in 2012.

Jackson finished the season with 56 total tackles, 8 pass deflections and it was his first season not to register an interception. This year coming up for Jackson is a big one especially for his future with the Texans and his final year coming up on his rookie deal. There will have to be another positive climb in production this coming season to make sure Jackson stays in Houston for the long haul.



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