New Jets Spotlight, WR Dexter Jackson

Oct 26, 2008; Irving, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Dexter Jackson (22) returns a kick against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Dallas defeated Tampa Bay 13-9. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

This morning, we take a look at a guy that not many people have seen, unless you follow Appalachian State University. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and had stops on the practice squad of Carolina Panthers, and a trip to the United Football League before coming over to the Jets. Spotlight on WR Dexter Jackson.

He currently measures in at 5’9″ 182 pounds.

He ran a 4.37 40 yard dash when he participated in the NFL Combine.

Here are some highlights of Jackson while in college:

PROS:First of all it’s his speed. You can see it on the tape, and 4.37 in the 40 is no joke. This guy can flat out fly. He also has great acceleration after the catch. When he gets the rock in his hands he is gone. He doesn’t seem to drop the football either, which Jets fans will love. Dexter has experience in the return game as well, and you can never have enough guys there.

CONS:He will need to bulk up to play at this next level. Being so small, NFL defensive backs may be able to run Jackson off of his routes easily in the bump and run. He also needs to catch the ball more with his hands. He catches his passes with the body a lot, and that may make him prone to drops at the NFL level.

With a lot of young guys behind Santonio Holmes, Dexter Jackson will have his chance to compete for a spot on this depth chart. He certainly has ability, and his work on special teams won’t hurt. We wish him luck in his quest to make the New York Jets.

Topics: Alan Schechter, Dexter Jackson, Jets Training Camp, NY Jets, Santonio Holmes, Wide Receiver

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