DENVER – One week ago, defensive tackle
Late in the third quarter, the second-year defensive lineman sacked quarterback Chad Henne for a loss of seven yards on first down. On the next play, he dropped running back Maurice Jones-Drew for a loss of one and on third down he dropped Henne again, this time for a loss of five yards.
A three-and-out and a loss of 13 yards, courtesy of Jackson.
"It was critical,” Jackson said of the series. “We needed it. I was fortunate enough to have the good series.
That quick series came just after
Fellow defensive lineman
“That was a big series,” Vickerson said. “(Jackson) had back-to-back rushes and that’s what we ask of a young guy – come in and step up. So that was a plus.”
Jackson said that he’d never had a series quite as productive as that one.
“No, I really haven’t,” he said. “This is my first time really going out there and performing like that. The greats keep it up and I’m just trying to keep it up and keep working and get many performances like that. ”
Jackson played in 14 games in 2012 but registered only five tackles. This season he’s made progress that has been especially visible in the last two weeks.
“He’s a young player that’s continuing to improve,” Head Coach John Fox said. “We have a lot of new faces there from a year ago that are starting to jell.”
Jackson finished the game with seven total tackles, the second-most on the team.
He said after the game that getting his first sack last week felt like a breakthrough and he hopes that the sacks will keep coming.
“I was working really hard this season to get those sacks,” Jackson said. “They kept slipping out of my hands. Last week was the first one and I’m just glad. Hopefully they just keep falling in my lap.”