One of the newest additions to Denver Broncos is taking on a different role so far this offseason.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio told the newspaper on Thursday that retired Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson had been playing safety so far during the offseason program in Denver.
We played him in safety in this camp because there’s more to learn in safety than there’s in the corner, “Fangio said.” He’s played a lot more corner in his career, so I wanted him to get more work in this camp — all his work — in the safety position, to feel comfortable there.
The defensive back, which played mainly at the corner but took snaps at last season’s safety, came from Houston in a free agent and signed a $ 33 million three – year deal with Denver.
Jackson, 30, is hoping to begin alongside veteran corner Chris Harris and Nickelback Bryce Callahan in a retooled Broncos secondary; Denver has lost Bradley Roby, Free agency for Tramaine Brock and Darian Stewart in
However, Harris is sitting out of Denver’s offseason program aside from entering the final year of his contract with the club, and uncertainty remains in the security position across from Justin Simmons.
This week, the Broncos held their pre-draft veteran minicamp.Teams with new coaches are allowed one voluntary camp in the past the draft so they can work more closely with unfamiliar players. The minicamp approves coaches to be on the field (whereas other Phase One workout were exclusive with the training staff) and run a non – contact, non – padded practice.
This decided to offer Denver’s first-year coaching staff a first-time look at new acquisitions like Jackson and Callahan and rising secondary studs like Simmons. The Broncos coaches meanwhile like what they see.
“It’s pretty rare,” said Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell about Jackson’s skill set.”The man played a lot of positions in the NFL. He started out as a corner, a nickel, and a safety. That is what we like. We only liked the way he played football and we knew that we were building this defense. We’re going to plug him in where he suits us best.
Where Jackson will play most of the snaps in his first season in the Mile High City is not yet clear, but there’s no question he’ll be on the field.
He’ll be out there somewhere,” said Fangio.”Where, I don’t know, and I’m honest with you.”