Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson
August 12, 2021
Q: Adoree’, you go way back with (Safety) Jabrill (Peppers), right?
A: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Q: Have you gotten any sense for what kind of emotional leader he is on the field?
A: Passionate. I feel like that’s what he brings to the game. Even when we were in high school and being able to see him play. Even when he came on ESPN and committed and rapped a song, just seeing not only the love he has for the game, but music as well. What he does and the passion he has for everything, you can really see it in everything that he does, so I can see the emotion that he has, but its’ good emotion and needed.
Q: Is he loud on the field in practice?
A: Do y’all hear him? Yeah, he’s loud.
Q: What kind of things do you hear him say?
A: He’s just talking and communicating, and what’s going on with the other defense. He’s just trying to be that vocal leader out there. It’s good to have because you might think of something and hear it out there, so it’s a relief on you. You don’t have to think too much. You got people out there talking and being able to communicate, so that’s a great thing.
Q: Is he the most talkative guy on defense?
A: I’d give him that award.
Q: Does he crack jokes at all, or no?
A: He’s a funny dude. I think it’s him being himself. I think that’s who are true funny people, they’re serious for most of the time, but it’s just funny because they’re serious, I feel like him being as genuine as he is and the person he is makes it fun.
Q: You’d give him that award, but should you have won that (Paul ) Hornung Award the year he won it for the most versatile player?
A: No, he got it. He was doing his thing. No, no, he got it.
Q: What has been your impression of (Cornerback) Rodarius (Williams)? I know (Defensive Backs) Coach (Jerome) Henderson mentioned that he wants to go against the first team, like he doesn’t have any fear for a sixth round pick?
A: I like Lee Lee, man. We call him Lee Lee.
Q: What’s the background on that?
A: I think that’s his middle name. It’s Lee, we call him Lee Lee, twice. But man, I like his game, what he brings, his enthusiasm, his competitiveness. He’s a dog out there, man. Every day at practice, I say, ‘you know who I came to see.’ I come to see him work, see him play. Like, I watch him and everything that he does. I’m just trying to improve, and see what he does, and I try to add it to my game, so I appreciate having him. It keeps everybody on edge. So, he’s talented player, he's special. I just like seeing him go out there and competing
Q: Is it rare to see a rookie like that to come in and have no fear like that in that way?
A: Yeah, it’s just impressive. I don’t want to say it’s rare or nothing, but that’s just the way he is. It’s good to have that. He doesn’t waver, he doesn’t change, and he does what’s got him here and it’s working, so I like that about him.
Q: What have you learned about the secondary that maybe you didn't know before you got here?
A: I just think the overall game and the aspect of the game. Talking to Rome (Jerome Henderson) about different things, and I feel like that helps me out a lot. We talk about splits here, things the offenses will do and worrying about different things, what a coordinator might think or what they may see. I think just being able to talk to different coaches that have different experiences from guys playing in the Super Bowl, the big games. But not just the guys, but the actual coaches and to be able to coach them certain things. Later on down the line when a situation may come up, being able to see it out in practice and being able to use it to your best.
Q: There are days where you've had a lighter workload out here. Is that something you've experienced previously, or is that something that this coaching staff does differently here than when you were in Tennessee?
A: I feel like I experienced it out there in Tennessee and doing it here, so I’m just appreciative, just thankful just for everything that they do for me here and same back there. Every day, whatever it is they try to have me do, obviously sometimes I’m frustrated because I just want to go out there and compete. I see the guys out there doing their thing and I just want to go out there and live it up with them. But at the end of the day, if I’m not doing something, I’m just cheering them on and getting my mental reps.
Q: How is that communicated to you? Do you come in the morning and Jerome tells you, ‘this is what your workload is going to be like.’
A: Usually, I get out there in practice and I figure it out. I really wouldn’t want to know before I get out there. I’d rather just go out there and do my thing and just get ready and prep going out there like I’m competing and then they’ll probably tell me then.
Q: How beneficial do you view it because you did deal with injuries last year, so this is an opportunity to, I assume, keep yourself fresh?
A: I appreciate it, the thought process going into it and them thinking of me that way, so it’s just appreciative to be able to have that opportunity to take a little lighter load out here, I guess. But at the same time, it’s not like I’m not working. I’m probably doing something on the sideline with Rome or with (Cornerback) Darnay (Holmes) at the end of practice or whatever it may be and just getting my mental reps in or on the jugs, whatever it may be.
Q: Do you look at your GPS numbers? I guess that’s how they come up with it. I’m just curious if as a player, you guys take a peek at that.
A: Nah, I don’t. I just feel like I run all the time anyway, so I don’t think I would be shocked if I was high or low. I just feel like that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life.
Q: You weren’t here last year, but literally the opponent’s game plan was this simple: throw the ball at whoever is opposite (Cornerback) James Bradberry because it was just a different corner every game. How much pride to you take in, ‘they can’t do that anymore, I’m here?’
A: I think the pride that I take in that is just to come in and compete every day and work on just trying to get better. Understanding that I can’t think in the future or in the past of what may happen, I can just focus on today and figure out how to get better. You worry about too much of this and you’re worrying about the past and not the present, you miss the moment. You lose track of what you need to do on this rep, this play, so I just try to lock in and reset every play, every day and go from there because it’s already in God’s hands, so what’s going to happen is going to happen. You just go out there and compete.
Q: What does playing opposite somebody who’s had – you’ve had a lot of success, he’s had a lot of success, how does that help you to play opposite somebody like him?
A: I like James’ game, man. The first time I ever saw him was my rookie, Carolina to Tennessee and watched him. He had this like club on his hand and he was doing his thing out there. We actually went out there and played, what 2019, I can’t remember. I always liked his game, liked what he did. I was fortunate to play with (Former Titans Cornerback) Malcolm Butler, (Defensive Back) Logan Ryan at corner, so being able to have guys that play this position at a high level and play it in big games, so it’s cool to have that again.
Q: He’s very different than you, right? You probably can’t exchange a ton of tips because you guy are different styles.
A: No, we actually talk a lot. If I see something on the field or he sees something, we always talk about giving each other looks. If you see something I don’t see throughout practice or you see something on film that I don’t see, he’s going to let me know. So, I think that’s cool that we’re able to bounce ideas off each other, but see what he sees, see what I see and go from there.
Q: Just more skillset-wise. Do you think you complement each other well? You’re one type of corner and he’s totally different.
A: I feel like what he does I’m just trying to learn from. See what he does just in case I’m in that position. Whatever the situation or the opponent, try to see what he does and what he likes to do so I may try to implement it into my game. Like you said, we’re both two different types of players and just try to use what he has to put in my game.
Q: Adoree’, how does (Head Coach Joe) Judge compare to (Titans Head Coach Mike) Vrabel?
A: Man, they’re different. They’re just two different people. I don’t really know how to explain, they’re just two different people in that aspect. They’re both from the Patriots, but at the same time they have different styles with how they want to coach and how they want to do things. But that’s all I can say, I really don’t know.
Q: Is one louder, more into the details? Does one have longer practices?
A: I don’t know.
Q: How about training camps, is one harder than the other?
A: I don’t know. I just put in the work, that’s it.