Good marks for rookie


“Watching this guy at mini-camp, all I kept asking myself was, How in the heck did Jackson last until the second round? I predict by season’s end, Chad Jackson jerseys will be flying out of the Patriots pro shop. Jackson sucked in every ball thrown his way. They weren’t all easy catches either. He made a lot of plays were he had to fully extend himself and come down with the ball, while at the same time keeping his feet in bounds. Jackson showed a real knack for running the baseline in the end zone and coming back to the ball when his quarterback was in trouble. That’s something you don’t see very often from a rookie. You try to not get overly excited about a player just from seeing him perform in mini-camp but that is difficult when it comes to Jackson because he was that impressive. Sure, he’s a rookie and he’ll probably struggle in some games and take his lumps while he’s learning the system but talent wise, the sky is the limit for this kid. Jackson has the physical ability to be a No. 1 receiver in the future and if he can develop quickly like I think he will, it won’t take the rest of the NFL long to realize they let the Patriots outsmart them once again buy nabbing a top-flight receiver with the 36th pick in the draft. After watching Jackson in mini-camp, if there were 35 better players than him in this draft, the NFL is about to get a huge talent boost over the next few years. Jackson will most likely start the year off as the teams third receiver but expect to see him; Caldwell and Branch on the field at the same time a lot to cause headaches for opposing defenses.”

This kid will be special.

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