More secondary depth is in store for the New York Jets, as the New Jersey native is reportedly on his way back.
The New York Jets have reportedly restocked their secondary depth, as Connor Hughes of The Athletic has revealed that safety Bennett Jackson will be returning.
Source: The #Jets re-signed safety Bennett Jackson, who spent time on the team’s 53-man roster & practice squad in 2019. Good special teamer with versatility in the secondary
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 24, 2020
Jackson, 28, is a native of Hazlet, NJ and a graduate of Raritan High School, where he partook in both football and track and field endeavors. H
He entered the league as a sixth-round pick (187th overall) of the New York Giants in the 2014 draft. His college career was spent at Notre Dame, where he worked as both a receiver and in the secondary. He previously turned down an offer from Rutgers.
Jackson was released by the Giants in August 2016 and returned to the NFL when the Baltimore Ravens added him in January 2018. He would spend a year with the team before being released at the end of the 2019’s training camp proceedings.
The Jets added Jackson after his 2019 release from Baltimore. He spent two weeks on the active roster before being waived. New York nonetheless placed him on the practice squad before the Ravens readded him in October. Another release from Baltimore in December once again saw the Jets add him immediately after.
Jackson would go on to partake in the final four games of the Jets’ season, playing on both defense and special teams. He wound up with six tackles on the season, including one for the Jets that was ironically earned against the Ravens.
After bolstering their offensive line unit, the Jets have spent the more recent period of free agency working on their secondary depth. The team brought back both cornerbacks Brian Poole and Arthur Maulet on one-year deals and also singed former Indianapolis Colt Pierre Desir on another single-year contract.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags