March 4, 2024

Patriots

“It was all my fault. I made a mistake. That’s what you’re going to get from Invoice.”

J.C. Jackson has not had a clean return to the Patriots to date in 2023. (Winslow Townson/AP Photographs for Panini)

J.C. Jackson’s second tenure in Foxborough has not gone almost in addition to his preliminary stint.

A ball-hawk nook in New England who earned All-Professional honors in 2021, Jackson is now again with the Patriots after inking a disastrous five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Chargers in March 2022.

He performed seven whole video games in Los Angeles earlier than the Chargers shipped him again to the Patriots for pennies on the greenback in an early October commerce. 

It hasn’t taken him very lengthy to land in Invoice Belichick’s doghouse.

After logging regular snaps in his first 4 video games with New England, Jackson was benched for the crew’s first two defensive sequence towards the Washington Commanders on Nov. 5.

The next week, Jackson stayed dwelling whereas his teammates flew to Frankfurt, Germany, to tackle the Colts in an eventual 10-6 loss.

Chatting with MassLive.com’s Mark Daniels on Tuesday, Jackson admitted that he missed a number of mattress checks on the crew resort earlier than New England’s dwelling recreation towards Washington — resulting in his weeks-long punishment. 

“I’m right here now, so hopefully that received’t occur once more,” Jackson instructed MassLive. “It was all my fault. I made a mistake. That’s what you’re going to get from Invoice [Belichick]. That’s one factor about him. He’s going to self-discipline regardless of who you’re.”

“It was nothing main,” Jackson added. “I wasn’t out that evening doing something silly. It was simply I wasn’t the place I used to be purported to be on time. Little errors, man. I’m an expert. I do know higher than that. I’ve been round. I’ve by no means missed a mattress verify. Issues occur. If I knew what that was going to trigger, I might have by no means carried out it.”

The 28-year-old cornerback might make his return to the lineup on Sunday afternoon towards the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Trying past his disciplinary points, Jackson has not been the identical impression participant on the sector as he was throughout his early years with the Patriots from 2018-21. He relinquished two touchdowns in protection throughout New England’s loss to the Dolphins on Oct. 29.

However with rookie Christian Gonzalez out for the yr with a shoulder damage and New England opting to chop ties with fellow defensive again Jack Jones final week, the Patriots want a veteran like Jackson again on their depth chart going into Sunday’s recreation on the Meadowlands.

“Actuality verify – I’m not larger than the crew. I’m not larger than no person in right here,” Jackson instructed Daniels. “This can be a crew sport and I’ve to do no matter all people else is doing. I need to be part of the crew. That is my crew. That is dwelling for me, man. That is the place I need to be.

“I don’t need to go nowhere else. I need to end my profession right here additionally. I’ve simply acquired to proceed to construct that management each day. It simply stinks for me – I type of performed a number of soccer. I do know what to do at this level.”