The Kansas City Chiefs have seen several players turn in standout performances this season to help the team climb to the top of the AFC West. One name that we have not heard much is 2009 first round pick Tyson Jackson.
He showed progress in the first game of the season against San Diego before a knee injury forced him out of that contest and, as he tells Josh Looney, knocked him off track but is finally almost all the way back.
“Technique-wise, it just set me back so much further behind the rest of my defensive linemen. I’m finally starting to get back into the swing of things and back into the motion of helping this team out.”
Jackson said Thursday that he’s finally feeling healthy from the knee injury that set his season back on Opening Day.
“I’m just really now getting back into the swing of things and everything is really clicking for me right now,” Jackson said. “I know the plays and am getting the technique back down. I’m pretty much clicking on all cylinders right now.”
More importantly, the head coach is seeing a difference in Jackson’s game as well.
“He is one of those guys and he has fought like heck since being set back early and I think that he is doing a good job,” Haley said. “He is clearly getting better and probably back to that level where he was when everything went down.”
Talk about a bizarre season for Jackson. He looked like a beast on Monday Night Football before getting hurt, but then even when he was poised to come back against the Texans in October he instead found himself as a healthy scratch along with Chris Chambers. Then seemingly out of nowhere, Jackson seemed to show up a lot on defense against the Chargers last weekend.
There were plenty of jokes — both appropriate and funny — when Jackson finally registered his first sack last weekend. However, if Romeo Crennel can get the same sort of performance from him these final three games that we saw out of the gate this season, it will be a huge boost for what has been an underwhelming defensive line.