Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson is at the top of the team’s Pro Bowl snubs list with eight interceptions this season, second only to Miami’s Xavien Howard.
On Thursday, Jackson told reporters he nonetheless views himself as Pro Bowler, and that’s all that matter. Yet, his exclusion from this year’s list of AFC all-stars will motivate him moving forward.
“I love this position, man. It just makes me go harder,” Jackson said. “It just gives me that drive to keep balling and to keep proving to people wrong.”
Asked to describe his performance this season, a year in which he ascended to the Pats’ full-time No. 2 cornerback opposite Stephon Gilmore — who was selected to the Pro Bowl — Jackson said he felt it’s been “OK.”
“I could have done much better. In some games, I could have played better, better performance. I’ll never get myself credit,” he said. “I can be way better than I was this year, trust me. They haven’t seen nothing yet.”
Among cornerbacks who have taken at least 275 snaps in coverage, Jackson ranks third in opponents’ passer rating when targeted, per Pro Football Focus; allowing a rating of just 52. Overall, Jackson ranks as the league’s 20th-best corner, according to PFF grades for players with at least 500 defensive snaps this season. He’s allowed three touchdowns to his eight picks.
Jackson will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
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