Continuing through the rankings for the Buffalo Bills Top 25 players who are 25 and under to start the season is a cornerback who finished the year as the starter and could remain in that role this season. Dane Jackson was a seventh round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2020 and after a few spot starts as a rookie, he became the full-time starter at the end of last season due to Tre’Davious White suffering a torn ACL.
Jackson would finish the season with 41 total tackles and six passes defended while also allowing less passes when in coverage. The completion percentage by opposing quarterbacks dropped from 61.9% in 2020 to 50% in 2021 and the QB rating went from 96.3 to 70.2.
The one area that stands out, and one of the reasons he fits well in this defense, is he is an excellent tackler for the position and has only four missed tackles for his career.
What will Dane Jackson’s role be in 2022 with the Buffalo Bills?
Entering this season, Dane Jackson is going to be competing for the starting spot opposite Tre’Davious White at cornerback with Kaiir Elam. For Jackson, he has an edge in terms of experience in this defense and the tackling is certainly better than Elam while Elam has more of an edge in coverage.
This season, Dane Jackson likely begins the year as the starter, either in place of Tre’Davious White as he works his way back from injury or in rotation with Kaiir Elam. The expectations that the Buffalo Bills have this season, they may not be able to afford having Elam learn on the job and make rookie mistakes.
The Buffalo Bills success may rely on these three players to take the next step in their game heading into the 2022 NFL season.
Once Elam gets up to speed and takes over full-time, Dane Jackson is an excellent backup cornerback for this team as he has shown he can step in at a moment’s notice and play at a high level.