Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) tackles Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Jackson Among Most Improved Players


It was only a few short months ago that many thought Tyson Jackson would be cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. Since being drafted third overall in the 2009 draft Jackson has been a complete bust. His inability to get to the quarterback and make plays in the backfield made him virtually useless.

Now under a new regime and after a hefty pay-cut, Jackson may be in line for a huge payday at the end of the season. Pro Football Focus (subscription necessary) ranks Jackson as one of the most improved players in football – fourth to be exact – through seven weeks on the season.

[Jackson] has jumped from 30th (out of 34) to sixth overall and, incredibly, has added some pass rush to his repertoire. This year, he’s up to eight quarterback disruptions after collecting just nine all of last year. That might not seem like a huge improvement, but the nature of those pressures shows a man looking far more explosive than he had in his career to date.

We talked yesterday about the importance of the Chiefs making better use of the talent on the roster, playing to the team’s strengths as oppose to enforcing a scheme that didn’t makes sense to the player’s talents. Tyson Jackson is a glowing example of that idea. His progress this season shows that the Chiefs know not only how to find talent (Marcus Cooper) but also, maybe more importantly, use that talent (Jackson).

Jackson is a free agent after this season. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs decide to do with him.

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3 Comments on Tyson Jackson Among Most Improved Players

  1. freshmeat62 says:

    I was thinking what you said toward the end of your column. Has Jackson improved, or are they finally using his abilities? I’ve been one of his biggest critics from about his 2nd year. He looked to me like just a post in the ground that couldn’t move. Turns out he has ability that Crennels defense stifled. In fact it looks like Crennels defense stifled many.

  2. Kansas City Rob says:

    How much impact has Poe’s play had on Jackson? There is also little doubt that Sutton’s scheme is getting the most of this teams skill set.

  3. Blake Molina says:

    So glad he’s improved his play. If the Chiefs don’t want to keep him (although I’m fine if they do) what are the chances of maybe pulling a sign and trade?

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