Chiefs sign former Packers, Giants CB Josh Jackson to practice squad

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The Kansas City Chiefs added some defensive firepower to the practice squad on Friday.

According to the NFL’s official personnel notice, the Chiefs have signed former Green Bay Packers second-round draft pick Josh Jackson to the practice squad, taking up one of their veteran spots. He’ll wear jersey No. 20 in Kansas City.

The former Iowa Hawkeye spent three seasons with the Packers, appearing in 42 games and starting in 15. He recorded 81 combined tackles, 12 passes defended, a pair of fumble recoveries and no interceptions during that span. He was known as a ballhawk in college, recording eight interceptions as a junior in 2017.

Jackson was traded from Green Bay to the New York Giants in August and released by his new team this past week. He didn’t play a single snap for the Giants through the first seven weeks of the season. Now, he’ll get a fresh start in Kansas City, where they’ve continued to stack former top-100 draft picks at the position.

There has been a long-running conspiracy theory that the Chiefs actually traded up to acquire Jackson in the 2018 NFL draft. The Packers had selected Jaire Alexander in Round 1, and then unexpectedly took Jackson at pick No. 45. Kansas City had traded up to No. 46 and ultimately took Breeland Speaks with the selection. There’s no telling if things actually played out this way, but it’s interesting to see the team acquire Jackson now.

The practice squad is all full after the team released Demone Harris earlier in the week.

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