Kareem Jackson
Kareem Jackson
31-Year-Old SafetyS
Denver Broncos
2018 Fantasy Outlook
During his first eight NFL seasons, Jackson has been a sound cornerback that doesn't miss many games, but with just 14 career interceptions he's not a top-tier fantasy target on defense. What he does very well is support the run. Jackson finished sixth among cornerbacks last season with a career-high 73 tackles, which ranked third on the Texans. The secondary has been a strength for this team for several seasons, but its reputation took a hit in 2017, when injuries to the team's best pass rushers put a strain on Jackson, Johnathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson. The returns of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, plus the addition of Aaron Colvin and Tyrann Mathieu should make this unit strong once again. Plus, Jackson is moving to free safety, where he'll have a great opportunity to build upon last year's tackle total. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2019.
Lines up at safety
SDenver Broncos
April 18, 2019
Jackson lined up exclusively at safety during minicamp, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver reports.
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If you listen to head coach Vic Fangio's full interview, there is some additional context here -- that safety is harder to learn than corner in his defense and so he wanted Jackson to get his initial reps there. Still, the fact that Jackson lined up exclusively at safety at camp signals, at the very least, that he won't be plugged in on the outside and left to fend off opponent's top vertical threat. Instead -- with Chris Harris, Jr. and Bryce Callahan similarly able to move inside and out -- it is more likely that Fangio will move the three around based on the opponent. Given his familiarity with playing safety in Houston, it might very well be the case that Jackson plays safety on a base down only to move all the way out wide on the next play if the opponent spreads it out. Look for Jackson to thus have the opportunity to tally more tackles than the typical corner while also not missing out on too many opportunities to play the ball in passing situations.
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Measurables Review
How do Kareem Jackson's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
185 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.40 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.14 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.92 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2010
Jackson returns as one of the Texans' starting cornerbacks. He and Johnathan Joseph have been an elite pair for the last six seasons, a period of time in which the Texans' defense has routinely finished in the top 10. A strong secondary has been a constant since Jackson arrived in 2010. While he's scored touchdowns each of the last two seasons, overall Jackson's been a disappointment in the fantasy-friendly category of interceptions with just 13 in seven seasons. His major asset is in run support and routinely is a leading tackler, including 2016 when he finished third on the team with 62.
Jackson has been a mainstay in the Texans’ secondary since being drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. There's been some bumps along the way, particularly during his rookie season, but he's worked hard to make himself a legit cornerback and got the organization to re-sign him for another four years prior to 2015. He really shines in run support, placing third on the team in tackles in 2015. The knock on him, though it's more of a fantasy knock than a real-world one, is that he has just 12 picks in six NFL seasons.
Jackson, who signed a four-year deal in the offseason, will return as one of Houston's starting cornerbacks.
Jackson will be one of Houston's starting cornerbacks.
Jackson had a nice bounce-back season in 2012 when his hold on one of the starting cornerback jobs appeared to be vulnerable. He enters the 2013 as a starter with more solid footing.
Jackson held on to his starting cornerback spot, but was pushed for snaps all season by Jason Allen, who left for Cincinnati in the offseason via free agency. Jackson certainly hasn't lived up to the billing as a first-round draft pick and his starting job can be stolen by a veteran, like Alan Ball. The Texans will also take a look at two 2011 draft picks -- Brandon Harris and Roc Carmichael -- but Jackson enters training camp as the starter.
Like many rookie cornerbacks, Jackson had a difficult time in transitioning to the pro game, though his struggles were no worse than as every other cornerback on the Texans' roster. Coaches love his physicality -- Jackson was fifth on the team with 71 tackles -- and feel good about him in zone coverage. They feel he needs to learn better man-to-man technique, and those are the kinds of things that come with experience and repetition. One thing is for certain, he should see more action coming his way with opponents likely to throw away from Jonathan Joseph's side.
Jackson was already lining up with the first-unit and is expected to start at one of the cornerback positions to open the 2010 season. Houston needs some of its younger players to develop in the secondary and it doesn't take a savant to realize Jackson, selected in the first round, will get a plenty of chances to prove himself.
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Figures to operate in hybrid role
SDenver Broncos
March 15, 2019
Jackson has experience at both corner and safety and could occupy both roles in Denver's defense, Troy Renck of The Denver Channel reports.
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Commits to join Broncos
SHouston Texans
March 11, 2019
The Broncos have agreed to sign Jackson to a three-year contract, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Heads into offseason as UFA
SHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Jackson recorded four tackles in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.
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Ready for Sunday
SHouston Texans
December 28, 2018
Jackson (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
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Limited Wednesday
SHouston Texans
Knee
December 27, 2018
Jackson (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
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