Jackson was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.
The rookie seventh-rounder can now join his new teammates and will try to win a job as a reserve cornerback in his first NFL season. Cornerback E.J. Gaines has already opted out for 2020, while star corner Tre'Davious White is considering it as of Thursday morning. Jackson may end up being more needed than the usual seventh-rounder, though there's little chance he'd ever start this early in his career.
The Bills placed Jackson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports
Jackson is one of three Buffalo cornerbacks on the list, joining Siran Neal and Isiah Brown. Selected in the seventh round of April's draft, Jackson will have a delayed start to camp due to either testing positive for COVID-19 or having close contact with someone who did in the recent past.
Jackson has signed his rookie deal, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
The seventh-rounder from Pitt performs better on the field than his average size and below-average speed would indicate, accruing 43 pass breakups and four picks in his four seasons as a Panther. Jackson is probably not athletic enough to line up outside in the pros, but he may have the instincts and special teams ability to make the team as a depth defensive back.
The Bills selected Jackson in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 239th overall.
Jackson is a defensive back out of Pittsburgh who is pesky in coverage. He broke up a whopping 43 passes in his four-year career at Pitt and added four picks. He checks in at 5-foot-11 and 187 pounds, size that played on the outside in college, but his frame may force him inside at the next level. Look for him to be a reserve defensive back and special teamer early in his career.