Some backup players get discouraged when they have a setback; they usually don’t recover and disappear from the league. Asa Jackson had issues with PED violations and a run-in with Coach John Harbaugh on the field that wasn’t positive. He was resilient tonight in his performance and the Baltimore Ravens are excited about the promise he brings to this young group of corners.
Jackson was everywhere tonight, with seven bone-crushing tackles to lead the team; one of his tackles actually knocked the wind out of an Atlanta Falcons’ receiver, causing him to be sidelined for few plays. Oh but wait, there’s more; not only was he stout on defense with his “paint” close shadow coverage skills, he managed a 78-yard punt return for a TD that put the Ravens back in the lead for the remainder of the game.
Sure, Jackson has to serve and eight-week suspension. But Harbaugh challenged him. He said in a press conference reported by NFL.com, “time will tell” if the defensive back will still be with the team following the suspension. He needed to prove to Harbaugh that he was worth bringing back in eight weeks’ time, and that is exactly what he did tonight.
Jackson was the highlight of the Defense and Special Teams, despite a horrid first half from the starting Secondary and starting Offense. Harbaugh will be chewing a great deal tonight in the locker room but you can rest assured that he’ll walk past #25’s locker.