Seahawks cornerback Michael Jackson
I liked Michael Jackson in the preseason and through a lot of the first couple of games. He seemed to be on the field and making plays. Was he perfect? No, of course not. It wasn’t like he was throwing passes against Josh Jones. But Jackson against the Falcons was a letdown from the first quarter to the last. He gave up only a long of 30 yards but here’s the thing: He only gave up 3 yards after the catch when targeted.
What does that mean? Well, it means Jackson was getting beat on the throw itself. I say this because Jackson allowed 22 yards per reception when targeted on 5 targets. He also got called for two pass interference calls so he was beaten so badly on those throws that he had to do something illegal to keep the Falcons from making him look silly.
Again, I like Jackson. But is he a starting corner in the NFL? No. But the Seahawks treated him like one on Sunday. He lined up outside on 48 snaps. Tariq Woolen lined up outside on 52 snaps. No other corner was outside on more than one. Yet Woolen, a “raw” rookie, allowed a quarterback rating of just 57.5 and had an interception.
Seattle also had enough faith in Jackson to healthy scratch Sidney Jones, it appears. Jones was decent at the end of 2021 but is a backup now. In his place is Jackson. I go back to the first slide: Maybe the Seahawks are actually trying to tank this year.