HOUSTON - Houston Texans corner back Kareem Jackson spent the first two years in the league as the hunted. Now, it seems like he’s ready to reverse the role.
“I kind of have that confidence where I think I can make any and every play,” said Jackson.
Entering season number 4, Jackson appears ready to make the impacts the Texans have been hoping for since they drafted him in the first round in 2010. Experience has a lot to do with that maturation, but fellow corner Johnathan Joseph should also take some credit.
“If you don’t have the right mindset going out there you will fail yourself before you get started,” said Joseph.
The Pro Bowler has taken Jackson under his wing, teaching him things that are essential to being a shut down corner in the NFL, evidenced by Jackson’s 4 interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 2012.
“Kareem has grown up a lot as a football player and also as a man,” said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. “It shows a lot on the football field.”
“We talk about technique, that’s one of the main things that we preach day in and day out,” said Jackson. “Your tools and your craft have to have good technique and that’s one of the things they preach the most.”
“Being a professional consists of coming to work on time and a lot of small things,” said Joseph. “There’s a lot of on and off the field material, including showing up to practice each and every day.”
The on-field chemistry between the two has been very obvious during the early part of camp, but it’s the time they spend off the field that has helped Jackson become a true professional.
“We kind of think the same in certain situations,” said Jackson. “We work together in the off season as far as conditioning and feet work and stuff so like I said, it’s almost like brothers.”
“He doesn’t really bother me,” said Joseph with a laugh. “Sometimes he helps me out. We watch each other and try to correct each other. I got him to the point where he can see the same thing in my game and he can help me if I am doing something wrong.”
A possible dynamic duo, something the Texans have never had.