Dexter Jackson is ready to redeem himself after being deactivated for not living up too lofty expectations. What must have seemed like an uphill battle from the moment he was drafted in the second round, Jackson never got comfortable in any role the team placed him in which wasn’t many, considering he seemed reluctant to face contact.
Many within the old coaching staff soured on the Appalachian State product to the point he is fighting for a roster spot this coming season, but the good news is he has a new lease on life with a new coaching staff.
“It’s not what I expected, but I’m just blessed to be here and just keep working day-in and day-out to get better,” said Jackson, who is undersized at 5-foot-9, 182 pounds. “You learn from your mistakes and you get better.
“Despite everything that came my way, getting deactivated and not playing as much as I wanted to, not coming in and having a perfect rookie season, I learned from it.” Source: Tampa Tribune.com
What many, might be forgetting is that Jackson turned in what amounted to be a solid training camp & pre-season as a receiver, but was never given a chance to help in that capacity during 2008, Which baffled some within upper managment.