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Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree Jackson gets ready to run a drill during NFL football training camp Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Titans coach Mike Mularkey wants Tennessee to be better on special teams this season and Jackson, a rookie and the 18th pick overall, already is showing signs he might be up for handling both punt and kickoff returns.
Who will return kickoffs and punts in place of Adoree Jackson?
Last season, Jackson, the do everything cornerback, returned four of them for touchdowns two kicks and two punts. By mid October, he became the program career leader in kick return yards and left as its most dazzling playmaker since Reggie Bush.
Sophomore cornerback Jack Jones, though, seems unfazed with stepping into his shoes.
Asked after practice Wednesday if he was looking forward to returning kicks and punts this fall, Jones responded, definitely. I feel like I going to be the best to do it in college football. is among three frontrunners to shoulder return duties this season, along with Ajene Harris, a redshirt junior cornerback, and Velus Jones, a redshirt freshman receiver.
going to be a Jones back there, that for sure, special teams coach John Baxter said.
Since arriving on campus, Jack Jones has never lacked confidence. When he met with reporters for the first time as a freshman last fall, he declared he planned to win the Heisman Trophy despite being slotted for a reserve role.
Similar feelings brewed Wednesday.
feel like I going to be the best punt returner in the nation, Harris shot back when presented with Jones comment. all feel like that. Me and Jack talk all the time. He feels like he the best DB, I feel like I the best DB. He feels like he the best punt returner, I feel like I the best punt returner. It just competition. might have the edge in experience. He returned kickoffs and punts while in high school at Long Beach Poly.
Harris, who was a high school quarterback, only did so a few times, but said he felt increasingly comfortable.
return, kick return too, you either can do it or you can Jones said. you don have the mentality for it, then it not for you. I feel it like a running back mentality. If you not willing to hit the hole full speed,
I don think you ever going to score. enough, Helton said the trio had separated themselves with their ability to field the ball making the catch rather than speed. Though, it should be noted Jack later remarked that he was the team fastest player, along with Velus.
Baxter agreed with Helton observation. Catching matters foremost.
No. 1 thing we got to have is the ball, Baxter added, the No. 1 thing we have to do is generate field position and it starts by catching it. season, Jackson returned both kicks and punts, USC never hesitating to rely on his game breaking ability. It often paid off. In a victory over rival Notre Dame in the regular season finale, Jackson returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns, turning them into momentum shifting plays.
But the Trojans might follow a different plan this season.
Helton remarked that they could use one player as the kick returner and another as the punt returner, citing different skill sets.
return, you make the first man miss and explode, Helton said, kickoff return is just fearless. I mean, you catch it, you go, you make one cut, there no stutter step. short, there might not be a one size fits all solution to replace Jackson.
Even when the self assured Jones has watched film of Jackson, he was often filled with awe. Although we do not pre screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation,
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