The latest transaction report is out from the National Football League, and the Kansas City Chiefs made a move that flew under the radar with the signing of former Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Jackson to the team’s practice squad.
The Chiefs, along with every other team, are allowed up to 16 players on the practice squad during the season. The Chiefs have finally filled the opening on the practice squad vacated when they let decided to release defensive end Demone Harris a few days ago.
Jackson gives the Chiefs another young cornerback who was drafted relatively high while failing to live up to his potential with his original team. Jackson was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. After starting 10 games during his rookie year, Jackson fell down the depth chart and became a rotational body after that for the next two seasons.
The Chiefs have signed Josh Jackson to the practice squad.
This preseason he was finally swapped to the New York Giants for Isaac Yiadom but he never made it into a game and was eventually released earlier this week. No team claimed him, but now the Chiefs have added him to the practice squad. Jackson has only 86 tackles and 12 passes deflected in parts of three pro seasons with no interceptions to his name yet.
Ultimately the story with Jackson has been one of unfulfilled potential. He put up 8 seasons in his final year at Iowa and he has pro level agility, but he lacks top end speed and just never developed with Green Bay at all despite their attempts to try him at different spots. Ultimately the talent pool was too great to let Jackson develop with meaningful reps on the field, and an injury before his second season started didn’t help either.
The Chiefs have a secondary filled with players like Jackson as both Mike Hughes and Deandre Baker were both first-round picks of the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, respectively. Hughes has earned more playing time than Baker, who is often listed as a healthy scratch, but neither player has worked out all that well.
Expectations should remain low for Chiefs fans when it comes to Jackson’s development. The practice squad signing could yield something in 2021, but a flyer is just that and the Chiefs have already swung-and-missed a couple times at the position. Fortunately they already had solid players in L’Jarius Sneed. Charvarius Ward, and Rashad Fenton on the depth chart, too.