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After signing a three-year, $39 million contract with the New York Giants this offseason, it’s presumed that Adoree’ Jackson will take a starting cornerback role alongside James Bradberry.
But don’t tell Jackson that.
Despite the money invested into him, Jackson, 25, is approaching his role with the Giants in the same way an incoming rookie would.
“I came in with the mindset like I’m a rookie all over again,” Jackson told reporters on Thursday. “Just trying to come prove myself, just trying to get respect from my peers – obviously I played with some, some time had changed, things had changed and everything’s different when you go place to place. So I’m just trying to prove myself and show these guys that I’m willing to learn and play for the team and do everything to the best of my ability.”
So far, so good for Jackson who spent a portion of the offseason down in Florida working with his former Tennessee Titans teammate, Logan Ryan, and most other members of the Giants’ secondary.
“I met most of them out there in Tampa when we were out there working with Logan so that was actually cool to do to meet everybody, see how we gel,” Jackson said. “The communication and competition part, and I think that’s what I learned about everybody here about competing, everybody can seek advice out from each other, and if they have a question, or whatever it may be, it’s not like somebody withholds the information from you. They all want to see everyone eat and do well, so that’s what I appreciate most about coming to the secondary. It’s fun and it’s exciting to be around.”
As valuable as those private workouts were, Jackson did insist that the next round be held in Los Angeles as opposed to Tampa. The cross-country flight was a bit much.
“I’m on the West Coast, [so] I told them to come out to the West Coast,” Jackson said. “That flight from L.A. down to Tampa was too far for me so if I can get them to come out that way, that would be perfect so we can go hang out. That’s for sure a thing we are going to talk about and discuss and see what everybody’s up to.”
The Giants now have more than six weeks off before the start of training camp, so additional private workouts are almost guaranteed. We’ll see if Ryan & Co. do Jackson a solid and head out to L.A. the next time around.