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Catching up with Chad Jackson

Posted by Albert Breer  June 28, 2010 05:11 PM

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The Packers took Jennings, who's compiled about 4,000 yards and scored 28 touchdowns in his four years as a pro, at 52; And Jason Spitz, a lineman with 45 career starts, at 75.

Jackson caught 13 balls as a Patriot.

So obviously, neither the club nor the player have particularly fond memories of their time together. For the Patriots, Jackson was a frustrating player to deal with, and the miss on this pick forced them to sink major resources into the position in 2007 and deal with a major deficiency at that spot in 2006. For the player, the injury woes were just a part of the problem.

"There's two sides to every story," Jackson told Graham. "I won't get into all that. But I had my opportunity, and I didn't take full advantage of it."

It'll be interesting to see what becomes of Jackson.

I can still remember the team's rookie minicamp in 2006, where Jackson put on a show that had to be seen to be believed, and quickly became my cautionary tale on why not to put too much stock into those T-shirts-and-shorts practices.

But the guy has always been a physical specimen and, even after all this, he's still just 25 years old. Maybe this time, it works for him. Maybe it doesn't.

I can say that I think Jackson seemed like a pretty good guy back then, who was just immature and probably not quite ready for grind of the NFL. We'll see what happens from here.
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