HOUSTON – Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson has taken his lumps during his first two years in the NFL, waiting for a chance to have a breakout game.
It finally came on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Jackson had two tackles, two pass deflections and an interception which he returned for a 63 yard touchdown in the Texans 38-14 win over their AFC South rival.
"From year one to now, it’s been a progression. My thing is just get better every season," said Jackson. "I just wanted to come out and prove my ability to the guys in this locker room."
"It’s fun to see, especially for a guy like Kareem," said wide receiver Andre Johnson. "He took a lot of criticism and stuff when he first got here. To see him do that and see how much he’s grown as a player, I was very excited to see him do that."
Johnson wasn’t the only one that was speaking highly of the third year corner.
"First the criticism is undeserved. He’s been playing a year and a half on the league’s number one defense," said cornerback Johnathan Joseph. "He’s made tremendous strides this year, and like I said, the next step for him was getting his hands to the football and making plays. Today was a prime example."
"It’s all about having that confidence out there. I have always had confidence in myself from year one. I just wanted to come in and be accountable," said Jackson. "Every year I want to progress as a player, be accountable, and help my team win."
Jackson has 13 tackles this season. Since coming into the league, he has totaled 126 tackles, forced 1 fumble and picked off 4 passes.