New York Jets: Bennett Jackson’s Opportunity Will Come

New York Jets, Kelvin Beachum
Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard James Carpenter (77) and offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) walk onto the field during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Jets 14-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After being drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 2014 NFL draft, Bennett Jackson signed a rookie contract but was cut during the 2014 preseason to get to the 53 player maximum.  The very next day, he was signed to the New York Giants’ practice squad.  The next season Jackson switched positions from cornerback to safety.  In the 2015 preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jackson sadly suffered a torn ACL and was put on injured reserve shortly after.  Jackson was released by the New York Giants in the preseason of 2016.

Jackson’s next stint came with the Baltimore Ravens.  In early 2018, Jackson signed a reserve/future contract with the Baltimore Ravens, but was placed on injured reserve later that year and was subsequently released, only to be re-signed to the practice squad and later sign another reserve/future contract with the Baltimore Ravens.  This past preseason, Jackson was released by the Baltimore Ravens.

The next day on September 1st, 2019, the New York Jets claimed Jackson off of waivers, shortly waiving him and signing him to their practice squad.  Safety Bennett Jackson just may finally get his opportunity with the New York Jets.

Jackson is a versatile player having began his collegiate career at Notre Dame as a wide receiver on special teams.  The next year during spring practice, Jackson switched to defense and played cornerback.   He also was a track and field sprinter and high hurdler for Raritan High School.

A native of Hazlet, New Jersey, Jackson is a hometown boy through and through.  Jackson never forgets where he came from and always tries to give back to the place he was born and raise and the city that bred him.  Jackson has hosted football camps for local youth and has gone back to his middle school.   Jackson is constantly working and striving to be his best both on and off the field every single day.  Whether he is in the gym training or practicing, Jackson never backs down.

Through every struggle and adversity he has faced, Jackson has his head held high and chooses to see the positive in everything.  He is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and makes the most out of every opportunity given.  Jackson has done really well in high school, college and preseason and has proven his abilities a depth and simply just needs the chance to show his abundant skills and talents. He refuses to be anything but successful which is why Jackson will surely be granted his well-deserved opportunity shortly.