The New England Patriots brought back cornerback J.C. Jackson this season, swapping late-round picks to acquire him from the Chargers. They needed to replace rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez, who suffered a (probably) season-ending shoulder injury. So far, it hasn’t worked, which is why Jackson won’t be with the team in Europe at all per Ian Rapaport and Mike Garafolo. The Patriots believe he will benefit from a mental health break that extends through the team’s Week 11 bye.
There are a few reasons that the team thinks that Jackson will benefit. For starters, the Chargers traded Jackson less than two years after signing him for $82.5 million because of perceived commitment issues. Last week, Jackson reportedly arrived late to New England’s team hotel right before facing the Washington Commanders. He’s earned a reputation as unreliable.
The New England Patriots felt comfortable bringing J.C. Jackson back because he was stellar with the franchise from 2018-2021. In those four seasons, Jackson caught 25 interceptions. 2021 was his finest year, with eight picks, a forced fumble, one touchdown, an NFL-high 23 passes defended, and a second-team All-Pro nod.
Where the New England Patriots Stand Entering Germany
2023 has had enough issues for the 2-7 New England Patriots without factoring in J.C. Jackson. They enter Week 10 with the NFL’s second-lowest point differential. Maybe taking a trip to Frankfurt will help them relax a little amid a disastrous season.
Waiting for them in Germany are the Indianapolis Colts, who are 4-5. The Patriots have beaten them in nine of the last 10 meetings, including a 26-3 drubbing last November. Without J.C. Jackson in the secondary, New England will try to make it happen again.
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