Denver Broncos’ Kareem Jackson: Russell Wilson will do ‘a bit more’ past QBs couldn’t play in clutch time’
Veteran safety Kareem Jackson didn’t have to travel far from his local residence at Denver Broncos headquarters on Monday to put pen to paper on his new one-year contract. Jackson returns for his fourth season in Denver, and during his time with the Broncos he knows exactly what the team is missing.
Broncos Country would agree with the warts identified by Jackson and his assessment of what has held the team back in recent years. Without a quarterback who could be a closer killer, no matter how close the Broncos got, it wasn’t going to be enough.
That should change now that Russell Wilson is in town.
“Just the previous years, I think we’ve always played good ball, but you add a guy like Russell to quarterback, that definitely puts you on top,” Jackson said via the team’s website. “A lot of those close games that we lost, he will make a few more plays on the attacking side of the ball. Defensively, we will have to do the same. I think we are very close.
Laying most of the blame on previous quarterbacks like Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater probably wasn’t Jackson’s intention, but defeating the ghosts of the past is on the agenda in Denver, especially in the part of the new leader’s refreshing open book policy. coach Nathaniel Hackett.
It’s not just about late-game performances, but about all the critical game situations where former Broncos flaggers were left behind. From third down to the red zone, the post-Super Bowl 50 old guard just couldn’t get the job done.
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Quarterback leadership is something that’s been missing, at least to the level where the offense could step up and help move the Broncos forward at critical times, as Jackson explained Monday.
“It’s massive. Whenever you have a guy of his caliber under center and to be a leader in the dressing room with his experience, there’s hardly anything he hasn’t seen or done in this league. “Having another leader like that on the attacking side of the ball, to lead this group, is huge for us,” Jackson told Phil Milani.
Now that general manager George Paton got his franchise chief and a few other important bits, coming back to the Broncos was something Jackson always wanted to do.
“We added huge chunks, so for me it was really important to come back,” Jackson said. “I feel like over the last three years I’ve created a great relationship with a lot of guys here. I think we have a good group of guys in the dressing room.
As Jackson and his teammates returned to the team facility to begin the off-season training program this week, the sense of renewed purpose was palpable; without a doubt, it’s a new era under Wilson and Hackett, and one the Broncos enforcer couldn’t be happier to be fully integrated with.
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