Five things to know about new Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson:
1. Adoree' Jackson is entering his fifth season in the NFL after spending his first four years with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans selected Jackson in the first round (18th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Jackson suffered a knee injury at the start of the 2020 campaign, which led to him playing just three games (two starts) last season.
2. Jackson has played 46 games in his four-year career with 41 starts. He has registered 200 tackles (176 solo), six tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 33 passes defensed. Jackson has also contributed on special teams, returning 27 kickoffs for 601 yards (22.3 avg.) and 53 punts for 464 yards (8.8 avg.).
3. The 25-year-old corner was one of the most consistent outside cornerbacks from 2017-2019 before missing most of last season due to a knee injury. Across those three campaigns, Jackson earned Pro Football Focus’ eighth-highest grade in outside coverage (85.0) while registering 29 pass breakups.
Since entering the league, Jackson has been targeted 51 times on passes 20+ yards downfield. Among those 51 targets, he allowed 14 receptions while racking up 18 forced incompletions, the second-most in the NFL.
In his 11 games in 2019, Jackson's 17.4 percent forced incompletion rate ranked 12th in the league. He surrendered just one touchdown on 390 coverage snaps that season.
4. Jackson had an illustrious college career at the University of Southern California, collecting numerous accolades over his three-years there. As a freshman in 2014, he caught 10 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns while returning 23 kickoffs for 684 yards (29.7 avg.) and two touchdowns. He also forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and had nine passes defensed, helping him earn Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
As a sophomore, Jackson earned First-Team All-Pac-12 honors after forcing a fumble, registering eight pass breakups and returning an interception 46 yards for a touchdown. He also added 27 receptions for 414 yards and two touchdowns while returning 24 punts for 251 yards (10.5 avg.) and two more touchdowns across 14 games.
Jackson finished his career with the Trojans on a high note with a dominant junior season. He finished with five interceptions, 11 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on defense in 13 games, but that was far from it. Jackson was a weapon on special teams, returning 26 kickoffs for 767 yards (29.5 avg.) and two touchdowns while taking 20 punts for 315 yards (15.8 avg.) and another two touchdowns. As if that wasn't enough, he also caught two passes for 76 yards and a receiving touchdown. His performance in 2016 earned him First-Team All-Pac-12 honors for the second straight season, as well as being named Consensus All-American, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the Jet Award as the nation's top return specialist and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.
Jackson finished his collegiate career with 15 total touchdowns scored four different ways: via reception (six), interception (one), punt return (four) and kickoff return (four). He also tied two NCAA records with eight career touchdowns on kick returns and nine touchdowns on all runbacks. He also set USC career records with 2,141 kickoff return yards and 79 kickoff returns.
5. Born in Belleville, Illinois, Jackson went to Belleville East High School his freshman year before moving to California prior to his sophomore year. He then attended Junipero Serra High School, where he played numerous positions including wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist. He was ranked by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the number one athlete and sixth best player overall in his class. In addition to football, Jackson also played guard on his high school's basketball team and ran track, where he won the 2013 CIF state championship. He also won the 2012 state long jump title and was named the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Sophomore Athlete of the Year and 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Junior Athlete of the Year.
The Giants have signed free agent cornerback Adoree' Jackson.