Derek Anderson has decided to retire from Buffalo, leaving the Bills with three quarterbacks for now -- Josh Allen, Matt Barkley and Jackson. While there's almost no way the unpolished Jackson will unseat either of the top two, Anderson's departure puts the undrafted rookie that much closer to a roster spot instead of a practice squad situation. The Bills are currently in a "We have a lot of cap room so we'll keep spending it to rework the roster" mode, so it'd be a mild surprise if the team doesn't bring in one more QB ahead of summer work. As for Jackson, he has a lot in common with Allen -- big arm, good running skills and tons of size to help offset footwork and accuracy concerns -- so there's something for the Bills to work with if they want him in the QB room.
Jackson, who went undrafted, signed with the Bills as a free agent immediately following Saturday's seventh round, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jackson has tremendous upside to match his size (6-foot-7, 249 pounds) and was expected to get drafted in the later rounds as a project quarterback following a nice career at the University of Buffalo. While Josh Allen may have the Bills' top job for the next decade, Jackson will get a chance to compete for a spot on the team in 2019, with Derek Anderson no sure thing as a No. 3 quarterback at this stage of his career. At worst, Jackson makes for the perfect practice squadder. He has a cannon of an arm, but like many big, strong quarterbacks, he'll have to learn to be more accurate as a pro, while his throwing mechanics still need quite a bit of refinement.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||13||18.75|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||27||22.38|