2. William Jackson III
It was a rough day all-around for the secondary and Jackson belongs in that conversation. The $40.5 million corner led the Commanders with eight tackles, but that’s because he allowed six catches on seven targets, according to PFF, so he was having to tackle the receivers who made catches on his watch.
A silver lining is Jackson’s six catches only went for 57 yards and he didn’t experience any back-breaking blown assignments, but that’s really grasping at straws. Trevor Lawrence boasted a 100.6 passer rating when he targeted Jackson. Only Jamin Davis surrendered a higher passer rating to the Jags quarterback.
Jackson was called for a penalty on the first play of the game and fans surely thought they were in for a repeat of early last season.
Additionally, Jackson was torched on a double move by Marvin Jones that Lawrence grossly underthrew. Upon further review, Montez Sweat may have grazed Lawrence’s arm just as he released the rock, so Jackson might owe Sweat a steak dinner for saving him from a potential long touchdown.
Not a great start for Jackson after his inconsistent 2021.