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.