By: Matt Rothman
Jackson, a 2017 graduate from CSC, came to training camp as an undrafted free agent. Despite not making the final 53-man roster, Jackson scored two game-winning touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win a pair of games for the New York Jets. He finished the preseason with four catches helping the Jets go 3-0.
“The feel of the game is really natural for him, and he does stuff that’s uncoachable in terms of doing a little extra on his routes when it makes sense,” said offensive coordinator Mike Lafleur.
Jackson was competing with a talented wide receiving core for a roster spot. The Jets already have Elijah Moore, Chris Davis, Braxton Berrios, and Garrett Wilson locked in as the top four receivers. Still, the Jets could bring him back to their practice squad if he doesn’t sign elsewhere.
The Fort Lauderdale native has shined at every level. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Jackson lived with his father and former Miami Dolphins defensive back, Calvin Jackson Sr, who was teammates with Jets special teams coach Brian Boyer In 1994.
The younger Jackson played two years on the varsity football team at CSC and caught 88 passes for 1,524 yards. He also scored 30 touchdowns before starting his college career at Independence Community College in Kansas.
After two seasons at JUCO, Jackson spent his final two years at Washington State and had 104 receptions for 1,403 and ten scores. Not only did he record one of the plays of the season last year with his one-handed touchdown grab, but Jackson was also featured on Last Chance U with Jets teammate Jermaine Johnson.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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