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J.C. Jackson ahead of first playoff game: 'I feel like nobody can catch a pass on me'

Ryan Hannable
January 09, 2019 - 6:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- Patriots rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson certainly isn't lacking confidence heading into his first playoff game.

The Maryland product was asked about his confidence level heading into the contest when speaking in the locker room Wednesday.

“I feel like nobody can catch a pass on me,” Jackson said. “That’s my mindset. Whoever I’ve got to guard, whoever’s in front of me, that’s my job — make sure he doesn’t catch the ball.”

Jackson really came on strong as the year went along. Down the stretch he became the Patriots' No. 2 cornerback and opposing quarterbacks had a QB rating of 42.0 when throwing his way, according to Pro Football Focus. This was the best mark in the entire league.

Against the Chargers, he could be matched up against Keenan Allen, or perhaps one of the Williamses.

With that being said, being an undrafted rookie he knows there could be an element of Philip Rivers throwing his way early and often to try and test him. 

“Yeah, of course,” Jackson said. “I’m a rookie, so every game, I feel like I got tested. They were trying me. But I feel like I responded good. … But they’re still going to throw at me. And I’m ready.”

While confident, Jackson did admit he will be nervous, but a good nervous.

“Of course I’m nervous,” he said. “This is my first playoff game. I’m nervous, but I’m ready. It’s a ready nervous.”

Jackson and the Patriots will host the Chargers in the AFC divisional round Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

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