Buffalo Bills should stick with Dane Jackson at cornerback
The Buffalo Bills should give Dane Jackson another start at cornerback.
The Buffalo Bills at cornerback took one step forward, one step backward on Saturday when they activated former starter Levi Wallace from injured reserve but saw key reserve Cam Lewis placed on injured reserve.
The cornerback position has been tested the past few weeks with all their injuries but one player that took advantage of the opportunity was Dane Jackson. The seventh round draft pick by the Bills has spent most of the season on the practice squad but in Week 7 against the New York Jets was moved to the active roster.
He actually got the start last week and played very well, finishing with three total tackles, two passes defended, and one interception. This type of performance, even with the return of Levi Wallace, should be enough for the coaching staff to give the rookie another start. The hope would be to find out if Jackson really could be the answer at the position opposite Tre’Davious White or if he still needs time to develop.
The reason why this week against the New England Patriots is the perfect opportunity to go with Jackson is that the Patriots are entering this game really lacking the talent they typically have at wide receiver. They will not have N’Keal Harry or Julian Edelman, who are both out due to injury, and this leaves the top two wide receivers as Damiere Byrd and Jakobi Meyers.
More importantly, the Buffalo Bills have a big game looming next week against the Seattle Seahawks. They have one of the most prolific passing attacks in the NFL with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf on the outside and Russell Wilson under center.
The Buffalo Bills have to ensure they have their best players starting in the secondary if they hope to have a chance slowing them down. This means giving Dane Jackson another chance to start this week to fully understand what he can do.
If they aren’t confident with him after this week, they can always return back to Levi Wallace, who has been a starter on and off for the past few seasons.