Kareem Jackson
Kareem Jackson
31-Year-Old SafetyS
Denver Broncos
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kareem Jackson in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2019.
Getting work at safety again
SDenver Broncos
May 13, 2019
Coach Vic Fangio said Jackson primarily will work as a safety this week but should also see some reps at cornerback, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Jackson also practiced at safety during minicamp in April. Fangio wanted the 31-year-old to get work at safety right away because he believes it's a harder position to learn than corner in his scheme. The defensive-minded coach also indicated he would rotate Jackson, Chris Harris and Bryce Callahan throughout the secondary depending on matchups. Jackson playing safety instead of corner could lead to more opportunities to rack up tackles in running situations, without giving up many chances to play the ball in passing situations.
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Measurables Review
How do Kareem Jackson's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
185 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.40 sec
Shuttle Time
4.14 sec
Cone Drill
6.92 sec
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Bench Press
13 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
During his first eight NFL seasons, Jackson has been a sound cornerback that doesn't miss many games, but with just 14 career interceptions he's not a top-tier fantasy target on defense. What he does very well is support the run. Jackson finished sixth among cornerbacks last season with a career-high 73 tackles, which ranked third on the Texans. The secondary has been a strength for this team for several seasons, but its reputation took a hit in 2017, when injuries to the team's best pass rushers put a strain on Jackson, Johnathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson. The returns of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, plus the addition of Aaron Colvin and Tyrann Mathieu should make this unit strong once again. Plus, Jackson is moving to free safety, where he'll have a great opportunity to build upon last year's tackle total.
Jackson returns as one of the Texans' starting cornerbacks. He and Johnathan Joseph have been an elite pair for the last six seasons, a period of time in which the Texans' defense has routinely finished in the top 10. A strong secondary has been a constant since Jackson arrived in 2010. While he's scored touchdowns each of the last two seasons, overall Jackson's been a disappointment in the fantasy-friendly category of interceptions with just 13 in seven seasons. His major asset is in run support and routinely is a leading tackler, including 2016 when he finished third on the team with 62.
Jackson has been a mainstay in the Texans’ secondary since being drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. There's been some bumps along the way, particularly during his rookie season, but he's worked hard to make himself a legit cornerback and got the organization to re-sign him for another four years prior to 2015. He really shines in run support, placing third on the team in tackles in 2015. The knock on him, though it's more of a fantasy knock than a real-world one, is that he has just 12 picks in six NFL seasons.
Jackson, who signed a four-year deal in the offseason, will return as one of Houston's starting cornerbacks.
Jackson will be one of Houston's starting cornerbacks.
Jackson had a nice bounce-back season in 2012 when his hold on one of the starting cornerback jobs appeared to be vulnerable. He enters the 2013 as a starter with more solid footing.
Jackson held on to his starting cornerback spot, but was pushed for snaps all season by Jason Allen, who left for Cincinnati in the offseason via free agency. Jackson certainly hasn't lived up to the billing as a first-round draft pick and his starting job can be stolen by a veteran, like Alan Ball. The Texans will also take a look at two 2011 draft picks -- Brandon Harris and Roc Carmichael -- but Jackson enters training camp as the starter.
Like many rookie cornerbacks, Jackson had a difficult time in transitioning to the pro game, though his struggles were no worse than as every other cornerback on the Texans' roster. Coaches love his physicality -- Jackson was fifth on the team with 71 tackles -- and feel good about him in zone coverage. They feel he needs to learn better man-to-man technique, and those are the kinds of things that come with experience and repetition. One thing is for certain, he should see more action coming his way with opponents likely to throw away from Jonathan Joseph's side.
Jackson was already lining up with the first-unit and is expected to start at one of the cornerback positions to open the 2010 season. Houston needs some of its younger players to develop in the secondary and it doesn't take a savant to realize Jackson, selected in the first round, will get a plenty of chances to prove himself.
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Lines up at safety
SDenver Broncos
April 18, 2019
Jackson lined up exclusively at safety during minicamp, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver reports.
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Figures to operate in hybrid role
SDenver Broncos
March 15, 2019
Jackson has experience at both corner and safety and could occupy both roles in Denver's defense, Troy Renck of The Denver Channel reports.
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Commits to join Broncos
SHouston Texans
March 11, 2019
The Broncos have agreed to sign Jackson to a three-year contract, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Heads into offseason as UFA
SHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Jackson recorded four tackles in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.
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Ready for Sunday
SHouston Texans
December 28, 2018
Jackson (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
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