Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson
May 26, 2022
Q. Did things change a lot for you in this defense?
ADOREE' JACKSON: For me, just trying to learn and understand multiple positions, not just my own, but to know where my help is defensively, whether it's zone or somebody may be driving our man -- just understand what the weakness is and trying to make sure that I'm on top of that and then working from there.
Q. What is sort of your mindset now that you're sort of the definitive No. 1 cornerback in this defense, a guy who perhaps will be asked to cover the top receiver?
ADOREE' JACKSON: Just lead by example and like you said, understand that's the position I'm in and taking full responsibility and accepting the role that's given to me. So I think that's my mindset. Obviously if you’re given a role, you have to believe that you can do it and do it at the highest ability, in that aspect, just taking it a day at a time at practice and in the classroom or in the meeting room, whatever it may be, just trying to get those reps mentally and physically, so I can go out there and be prepared and do it at a high level.
Q. You said the possibility of James Bradberry being released would be devastating. Is it?
ADOREE' JACKSON: It hurts. That's a guy that when I came in, we bounced ideas off each other, different techniques, how he plays.
But at the end of the day, I gained a brother in the process of knowing him. At the end of the day, it's like your brother going off to college. He's my brother, he goes somewhere else but at the same time still being in touch with him and happy for him at the end of the day. As soon as he signed, I was happy for him. I told him we would have the jersey swap since we play them twice a year.
Q. What about landing in Philadelphia?
ADOREE' JACKSON: That sucks, you know what I'm saying. It's like going to your rival, like me and Darnay, USC and UCLA. But at the end of the day, still family and still wish him the best and wish him well regardless of everything that's going on.
Q. You've been in the league for a while. How much do players pay attention to the business side? You knew something like this was going to happen but how much do guys talk about it in the locker room?
ADOREE' JACKSON: I think you pay attention to it more once you're in it and go through it. I can attest when I was a rookie, the OG, she was kind of telling me about it. And I’m like, I just got here, I'm 21 years old and now that I'm 26, it’s like I've seen it, been through it, dealt with it.
And if anybody asks questions, at the end of the day, when it happened with JB, I texted the group and told them it's just an opportunity for us as individuals to do what we have to do and step up and go play and do something for ourselves. Because the situation is going to hit us all, whether we want to or not but at the end of the day go out there and do what you can do and compete and make it hard for them to not want to make those changes but at the end of the day you never know what happens. It's above us.
Q. The role that you were given, you're here now, but A-Rob gets bumped up, too. How is he doing? How is he handling that? He missed a lot of action last year and this isn't really the position where he was drafted to play.
ADOREE' JACKSON: What's crazy is, you know, I got here, I watched his film and I saw him at UCF, and I was like, damn, this dude can press, he can play well. And I saw where he went to Alabama prior, and I said that's why he’s pretty good because you’re really good if you’re an Alabama DB. A-Rob is very talented and you know, it's all about working, and I think your aspect coming from wherever you’re coming from or where you get drafted to eventually playing one day play and being ready.
I felt like A-Rob stayed the course when he was banged up and came in and played and played highly well and put that on his resumé now, so when a situation happens like this, it give him an opportunity to come and play. Felt like he did what he needed to do, continued to work hard, continued to stay himself and stay focused throughout the whole process.
Q. Can you be a shutdown No. 1 corner in a defense that asks you to play a lot of man coverage, so what is your confidence level that you can be that guy?
ADOREE' JACKSON: It's me believing in myself and the confidence that I have is put in the work. Confidence come from mentally and physically being prepared so at the end of the day, no matter what the situation is, no matter what the task is, you go out there and you're confident in your prep and mentally being prepared what you're doing, the sky is the limit. At the end of the day, it’s on you. So you can be physically prepared, but if you're not mentally prepared for the task, it's not going to get done. The same thing vice versa. You can believe it but if you didn't put in the work physically and get all the reps in, then that won’t happen.
Q. How do you think you can get better?
ADOREE' JACKSON: I think all aspects of my game can get better. Improve communicating. Alignment, assignment and technique. No matter what I did good, I good, I can get better and whatever I did not as well, to try to focus more on that and improve more on that.
It was crazy talking to Steve Smith today, he was talking about whatever you do, try to make a play a day and the play that you think that you did well, you look on film and it might not be as good as you think. And the play that you didn't think was good, ended up being as good play. Coming in and taking everything personal. Treating that first rep like it's the last rep, having that mentality. Improving the aspect that every play is my last play and going out and giving it my all.
Q. Was that Pick-Six a play you thought you did well?
ADOREE' JACKSON: For sure. What's crazy is before we actually talked something similar about that in the meeting room about the quarterback being under center and watching the moves and what may happen. Quick game, or if it’s play-action, a deeper, developing route. What's crazy is before that play we actually was talking about that in the film room and we come out here actually seeing it. That attests to how do you get better. We always talk about taking the classroom to the field. So I saw it, listened to it, and then you actually see that route, but I listened to it. Understanding that it’s that first move, second move, third move, trying to react, and talking to Steve Smith about that. That's a testament to Steve and Coach Wink and Coach Rome about trying to take the next step to the next level by dissecting everything.
Q. I thought zone concepts were a myth in this system? I thought it was all man.
ADOREE' JACKSON: I feel like everything, it turns into man at the end of the day. Whoever comes down and I'm playing whatever it is, zone, I've pretty much got them, I end up matching. Let’s say we’re in third down. Third and three, third and five and we're in the zone, and let’s say he calls Cover 3, you’re not just going to bail and protect your third unless that dude runs a – it’s third and five and he runs an eight yard out. You’re going to match it because it’s third and short. You’re not just going to stay in your third because that's what your task tells you to do. At the end of the day, it’s about being a football player and understanding what's going on.