Texans First Round Pick CB Kareem Jackson Finding His Stride Early

The Houston Texans first round pick, CB Kareem Jackson, appears to have locked up the starting corner spot opposite CB Glover Quinn.  He’s earning praise and positive criticism from his coaches, and if he can get up to speed by Week 1, then the Texans just might have the defensive backfield to take on the Colts wideout arsenal.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak is impressed with what the Crimson Tide- and Nick Saban-coached product brings to the team.  ”He’s been very impressive. He jumps in there like he belongs. We’ve got a long way to go, but I like his size,” Kubiak told the AP.  ”He’s got good size and strength, very well coached.”

The Houston Chronicle’s Jeffrey Martin reported that Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs sees Jackson fitting into the defense, only days into OTAs. “If you want me to give you some good stuff, you might want to wait a couple of days,” Gibbs said. “He’s only been here (a short time). But he’s doing good. He’s working. He’s learning the defense, and he looks like he fits in. He’s got a long way to go, but I see what I saw on his college film.”

Hard hitting SS Bernard Pollard, coached by Gibbs in Kansas City in ‘08, told the AP that he sees potential in Jackson.  ”Everybody is working hard and somebody’s got some shoes to fill with Dunta being gone,” Pollard said. “The rookie is learning, but I think he’s going to be a really, really good player once he gets everything down.”

Texans highlight WR Jacoby Jones sees potential as well, telling Martin that Jackson’s has just begun.  ”He’s a great athlete,” Jones said. “He’s Kareem Jackson, and he can play ball for us.”

For now, it appears Jackson will beat out veteran Jacques Reeves, Fred Bennett and third year corner Antwuan Molden for the starting job opposite Quin.  But for now, Jackson’s only adjusting to the NFL:

“I’ll eventually do it. … I think I’m progressing for the best. It’s not an ability thing. It’s just figuring out what’s going on.”

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