When veteran corner Sidney Jones went down with an injury midway through camp last year, the Seattle Seahawks turned to 25-year-old, and former 5th-round pick, Mike Jackson, Sr. The 4-year veteran had played for three teams previously including the Lions, Cowboys, and the Patriots. Jackson was eager to prove himself and it showed. In his first start, he recovered two key fumbles on the goalline against the Russell Wilson-led Denver Broncos.
From there, Jackson continued his solid play. Playing in all 17 games, he posted a career-high in all statistical categories. He ended the season with a total of 75 tackles, 1 interception, and 12 pass breakups.
After getting re-signed by Seattle in the offseason, Jackson was expected to possibly start at corner again in 2023. It may have seemed to some that the Seahawks have found another uncut stone and turned him into a diamond. But Seattle had other thoughts about the cornerback spot and addressed it in the draft.
Mike Jackson isn't backing down from a challenge in Seattle Seahawks OTAs
The Seahawks selected Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon with the number 5 overall pick in the NFL draft. The pick was the first-round choice they got from the Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade. A lot of fans assumed that with this selection the starting outside corners would be Witherspoon, and 2022 Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, Tariq Woolen.
However, Mike Jackson isn't letting the arrival of Witherspoon affect his play. According to Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle, head coach Pete Carroll said of Jackson: "He's had the best camp of anyone". These are strong words but might be true words. It should be noted that Seattle had Witherspoon playing a lot in the slot during mandatory minicamp last week.
It appears that despite the numerous additions made to the secondary this season, Jackson isn't backing down without a challenge and is fighting to carve himself a role in the talented Seattle secondary.