The 2023 season has been one to neglect for Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson.
The veteran defensive again opted to not communicate with the media following Sunday’s loss to the Commanders — a recreation the place Jackson sat on the bench for the primary two defensive sequence at Gillette Stadium.
However his uneven tenure in New England stands as an enchancment over his disastrous stint with the Chargers — with Los Angeles opting to deal him again to the Patriots only one season after it signed him to a five-year, $82.5 million deal in free company.
Issues apparently acquired so dangerous between Jackson and the Chargers that Los Angeles GM Tom Telesco stepped in throughout a defensive backs assembly to personally apologize for signing Jackson.
“Telesco advised the group that signing Jackson was a mistake, in keeping with a number of workforce sources,” ESPN’s Kris Rhim wrote on Monday in a bit mapping out Jackson’s quick time with the Chargers. “He apologized for persevering with to offer Jackson alternatives, regardless of Jackson routinely displaying that he wasn’t as dedicated as the remainder of the workforce whereas being one of many Chargers’ highest paid gamers. Telesco referred to as the transfer a ‘swing and a miss.’”
In line with workforce sources in Rhim’s piece, Jackson took on a “lackadaisical” method with the Chargers, with the “ultimate straw” coming in Week 4 when Jackson refused to enter the sport towards the Raiders after being benched for the primary three quarters.
Jackson finally performed simply seven whole video games for the Chargers in 2022 and 2023, lacking most of his first marketing campaign attributable to a ruptured Patellar tendon harm. As famous by CBS Sports activities’ Tyler Sullivan, opposing quarterbacks posted a 149.3 passer score whereas focusing on Jackson in 2022, finishing near 67 p.c of their passes.
The Chargers finally determined to deal Jackson again to the Patriots together with a 2025 seventh-rounder in alternate for a 2025 sixth-round choose. Los Angeles even picked up most of his remaining wage this season.
Added to New England’s secondary grouping following season-ending accidents to Christian Gonzalez and Marcus Jones, Jackson put collectively a robust displaying towards Stefon Diggs and the Payments on Oct. 22.
However the next week wasn’t as variety for Jackson down in Miami, with the veteran burned for 2 touchdowns in protection throughout New England’s 31-17 loss to the Dolphins.
Jackson finally performed in 53 snaps on Sunday towards the Washington Commanders, with Shaun Wade (13 snaps) getting the beginning as one in all New England’s corners.
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