Devin McCourty: J.C. Jackson deserves ‘some type of award’

Andy Hart
September 29, 2019 - 6:32 pm
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The Patriots defense has been making plays all season.

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Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, no member of the New England defense made more key plays than cornerback J.C. Jackson.

The second-year former undrafted player saw reserve and special teams action for the fourth straight week to open the season and made a massive impact to allow the Patriots to return home with an undefeated record intact and sitting atop the AFC East.

Jackson’s first play came on special teams, blocking Corey Bojorquez’s punt on the Bills second possession, the ball recovered and returned for a touchdown by Matthew Slater.

One defensive series later Jackson picked off a Josh Allen deep ball intended for Zay Jones.

In the third quarter Jackson made an impressive athletic play on the sideline to intercept another Allen pass for Jones.

Two interceptions and a blocked punt leading to a touchdown. Not a bad day’s work.

“Just going out there competing and finishing plays,” Jackson said somewhat humbly.

Veteran teammate Devin McCourty, who recorded an interception of his own for the fourth straight week, thought it was a bit more noteworthy than that.

“They have to make up some type of award to give J.C. I don’t know if it’s special teams, defensive player of the week, but they need to give some type of combo I think,” McCourty said. “He’s another guy, when he gets on the field somehow he makes a play. From last year and all the way into this year, so it was great to see him go out there and make those plays today.”

Seeing those types of plays certainly didn’t surprise Tom Brady, who competes with Jackson and the Patriots defense – a unit that had four interceptions in Buffalo, had another overturned on a questionable replay review and forced a pair of fumbles – on a daily basis on the practice field.

“He’s played scout team a lot, so we’ve actually gone against him a lot. He’s very talented,” Brady said of Jackson. “He’s just very skilled. He’s obviously got great ball skills. Moves well. Fast. Quick. You can’t make a mistake around him. It’s hard to make a mistake against our defense, they’re playing really great football.”

Jackson and the Patriots defense stepped up to the challenge of pulling out a victory on a day in Buffalo when the New England offense had its struggles with the Bills own impressive defense.

“We talked about it all week, what type of game it was going to be,” Jackson said. “We just had to go out there and make plays.”

And nobody made more of them on Sunday at New Era Field than Jackson.

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