Redskins safety Tanard Jackson, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011 due to multiple suspensions, is fighting for a roster spot in Washington, but he’s just happy for the opportunity to compete again, writes Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “You can imagine somebody getting taken away from something that they love to do and having to humble themselves after doing something wrong,” said Jackson. “That was me. I had to take responsibility for it and face the consequences.’’ The Redskins have several options at safety, including the free agent signee Ryan Clark, so Jackson isn’t guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster, but it sounds as though the 28-year-old has undergone an attitude adjustment. “Going from playing football to working in a warehouse at a nine-to-five job is a humbling experience,’’ he said. “It’s taught me to never take anything in this business for granted.’’
More from the NFC East:
- Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com debate whether Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson will have more receiving yards for the Redskins next year; Garcon has a rapport with Robert Griffin III, but Jackson has the greater career yards per catch.
- The Cowboys acquired Rolando McClain to help fill the void left by Sean Lee‘s injury, but Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News (video link) cautions not to expect the oft-troubled linebacker to be as productive as he was with the Raiders.
- Following the Eagles’ trade of Bryce Brown, Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com believes that Chris Polk will see expanded usage at the running back position. Though Philadelphia added Darren Sproles, there could be more opportunities for inexperienced players like Polk as head coach Chip Kelly aims to reduce the carries of LeSean McCoy.
- The Giants’ offensive line is a unit in flux, writes Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, who adds that center is a position up for grabs — veteran J.D. Walton and second-round rookie Weston Richburg are the primary options.