Green Bay Packers: Player projections for the 2019 season

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GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Josh Jackson #37 of the Green Bay Packers catches a blocked punt in front of Eric Wilson #50 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Takes a leap – Josh Jackson

There is no real way to sugar coat it, Josh Jackson had a rough rookie season and took his lumps on the chin. In addition to giving up some big plays in the passing game, he would lead the team in penalties with eight that oftentimes resulted in him holding because he was either beat off the line or didn’t trust that he was in the correct position.

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Playing in mostly zone coverage at Iowa, transitioning to the NFL and playing much more press coverage was a big jump for Jackson. However, at Iowa, we saw the playmaker that Jackson can be as he would tally eight interceptions including two touchdowns during his final season. Creating turnovers is an area that this Green Bay Packers secondary has struggled with in recent seasons, so Jackson being able to make some interceptions would be a welcomed sight.

It is quite common to see a player make that big jump between his first and second seasons in the NFL. We saw it in year two with Kevin King when he was on the field, and even though there were a number of candidates that could have been chosen, my feeling is that Josh Jackson will be that player that pops on the field.