Adoree’ Jackson is progressing rapidly as a defensive back and his return skills are evident.
But now Jackson is getting more of a turn on offense as well.
Jackson made his offensive debut last week, ripping off a 20-yard run on his only carry. But Sunday, the Titans used Jackson on several offensive plays as he ran three times for 30 yards, including catching a swing pass from Marcus Mariota off the read option that was ruled a lateral.
The Titans even used Jackson as a decoy on a few occasions, using his speed and presence in the offensive backfield to open things up for others on offense.
“It was nice. I like my decoy plays a lot. It was awesome,” said the rookie first-round pick from Southern California. “Just to get out there on the offensive side is pretty cool and to hear my name called and the defense saying ’25 is in the game. Look for 25,’ and everybody rallying to me, which was awesome. It reminds me of college and high school.”
Mariota likes having the rookie get a chance to change things up on offense on occasion.
“He just adds another dimension. To be able to do that on offense, to move pieces
around to create matchup problems, you have to give a lot of credit to the coaches for formulating that and setting us up in good situations,” Mariota said.
Mariota added that Jackson’s addition to the offense also frees up other things. He was the pitch man on a read-option play on the first drive of the game, where Mariota ran for a 28-yard gain.
“I think when you add anther wrinkle into the offense, it allows space and opportunities for other guys as well,” Mariota said.
Also, on Sunday, Jackson wasn’t the only Titan to pull some two-platoon duty. Fellow first-round rookie Corey Davis was in at safety on the Bengals’ last desperation drive to help prevent Cincinnati from pulling off a Hail Mary catch.
“They put me in for the Hail Mary. They wanted to put in a big guy who could go up and get the ball,” Davis said.