Jackson's been on fire over the last six weeks, as he's picked off four passes, recovered a fumble and scored three times. Although he hasn't collected more than six tackles in a game this year, there are few IDPs who offer more weekly upside.
Jackson (shin) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams.
Despite his lack of participation at Friday's practice, Jackson was expected to suit up by coach Matt Nagy, who termed that absence a "rest day" due to the session taking place on turf, according to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Given the all-clear to play Sunday, the second-year safety will lead his charges against one of the league's most dynamic offenses. On the season, Jackson has notched 44 tackles, four interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack in 12 games.
Jackson was withheld from Friday's practice due to the injury, though coach Matt Nagy characterized the safety's absence as a "rest day" due to the team practicing on turf, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Nagy's comments suggest the Bears were just exercising some caution with Jackson, who has ranked as one of the top IDP options among secondary players this season thanks largely to his penchant for big plays. The second-year player has picked off four passes, forced two fumbles and recovered another, scoring three touchdowns in the process.
Jackson has an absurd five defensive touchdowns through 27 NFL games, and has illustrated excellent ball skills with six interceptions and three forced fumbles. "We always joke that these DBs are back there because they can't catch," coach Matt Nagy said. "Well, he doesn't fall into that category. This guy could be playing some wide receiver." The 24-year-old isn't expected to actually make the shift from safety to wide receiver, but it wouldn't be surprising for the Bears to try and get the ball in his hands a few extra times during the final stretch of the season..
Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown while adding three tackles in Chicago's 23-16 win over the Lions.
For the second week in a row, Jackson came up huge with a pick-six, and in this game, his big play came in the fourth quarter to give the Bears a road win. Although he hasn't been posting strong tackle numbers, he has four interceptions, a sack, a fumble recovery along with three scores on the season, and there are very few defensive backs with the weekly upside that Jackson possesses.
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