NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As offenses look to get the ball into the hands of playmakers in space, the Tennessee Titans believe they have found a countermeasure.
Through offseason work, speedy first-round cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has proven to have the needed qualities to take away that space.
He is super fast but also seems to have the instincts and ability to smartly move forward on underneath passes and arrive in time to limit the possibilities of significant yards after the catch.
“We drafted him because he was fast, but he’s faster than fast,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “What we saw on video and scouting him is what we saw out here. He’s got a really good knack for the ball and tremendous burst.
“That’s the game today in the NFL. You’ve got people spread out all over and the quarterbacks are pretty adept at getting the ball out to them. You need people to match them, and he’s one of the kind that can.”
Receiver Rishard Matthews said he has taken note of Jackson at practices.
“His ability to just play off of instinct is good, and that’s great for a corner,” Matthews said.
Jackson believes NFL QBs will challenge him even if he has shown closing on short routes to be a strength. But he’s eager for it.
“It’s just being confident, not second-guessing yourself, when you see something, just going after it,” Jackson said. “Taking great angles, that’s the main thing. You get hit with a double move, you take a great angle, you’re able to recover. Trust in yourself and know what everybody else is doing on the field. …
“If I do close some well, they are still going to test you out every once in a while.”