Kareem Jackson

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Kareem Jackson
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Jackson in the 2014 NFL preseason.
No. 25 Houston Texans
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-10) April 10, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Macon, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Macon (GA) Westside
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total tackles: 399
Interceptions: 13
Pass deflections: 60
Forced fumbles: 2
Fumble recoveries: 2
Touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Kareem Jackson (born April 10, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Alabama.

High school career[edit]

Jackson attended Westside High School. As a senior, he mainly played running back and rushed for over 1,000 yards. He also added 16 tackles with three interceptions on defense.

Following high school, Jackson attended Fork Union Military Academy, Where he converted from running back to cornerback.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com,[1] Jackson was listed as the No. 17 prep school prospect in 2007.[2]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman, Jackson started in 12 of 13 games for the Crimson Tide. He ranked second on the team with three interceptions on the season and was fourth with four pass breakups. Jackson recorded 66 tackles on the season, good for fifth-best on the team. He subsequently received Freshman All-American honors.

Jackson was eighth on the team in tackles with 44, including 28 solo stops, as a sophomore in 2008. He registered 10 pass breakups on the year with one interception.

As a junior in 2009, Jackson started in all 14 games and was fifth on the team with 49 tackles. He had one interception and broke up 13 passes during the 2009 season.

On January 15, 2010, Jackson declared he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.[3]

Professional career[edit]


Coming out of Alabama, Jackson was invited to the NFL Combine and completed the entire workout and all required drills. He was satisfied with his combine performance and chose to only partake in positional drills at Alabama's Pro Day. After he performed well, he was projected by the majority of analysts and scouts to be drafted in the first or second round. In a deep cornerback draft, he was ranked the fifth best cornerback and 32nd overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.[4] He was listed as the fourth best cornerback on WalterFootball.com's scouting report.[5] Sports Illustrated also listed him as the fourth best cornerback in the draft, behind Joe Haden, Kyle Wilson, and Devin McCourty.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 196 lb 30 in 9⅛ in 4.48 s 1.55 s 2.61 s 4.14 s 6.92 s 37½ in 9 ft 10 in 13 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Houston Texans[edit]

The Houston Texans drafted Jackson in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the second cornerback taken in the first Round (Joe Haden No. 7).


On July 30, 2010, the Houston Texans signed him to a five-year, $13.52 million contract that includes $7.36 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $875,500.[8][9]

He entered his rookie training camp as the starting right cornerback oppisitie veteran Glover Quin.[10] Jackson made his professional regular season debut in the Houston Texan's season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts and recorded four solo tackles and a pass deflection in the 34-24 victory. On October 10, 2010, he recorded five solo tackles and his first career interception off of Eli Manning, returning it for 23-yards in the 34-10 loss to the New York Giants.[11] The following week, Jackson racked up a season-high seven combined tackles in a 35-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. In a Week 9 matchup against the San Diego Chargers, he made six combined tackles and intercepted Phillip Rivers in a 29-23 loss. On December 13, 2010, he had a season-high six solo tackles and an assisted tackle in a 34-28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson finished his rookie season with a career-high 71 combined tackles, 10 pass deflections, and two interceptions while starting all 16 regular season games.[12] The Houston Texans finished 6-10 and was ranked last in the league in passing defense.[13] Football Outsiders ranked him 68th (47%) in success rating and PFF gave him a -10.3 in pass coverage. His average QB rating for opposing quarterbacks was 111.8.[14]


Jackson intercepting a pass.

He entered training camp in 2011 competing with Johnathan Joseph, Jason Allen, and Brice McCain to keep the starting cornerback position. New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips named Jackson the left cornerback to start the regular season opposite Joseph.[15]

He started the Houston Texan's season opener against the Indianapolis Colts and made only one tackle as the Texan's routed the Colts 34-7. The following week, he was demoted to backup for me back as Jason Allen was given the start. During this time Allen showed good coverage, played well, and made a game-sealing interception in a 17-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, which Jackson was inactive for.[16] However, he reclaimed his starting position in Week 6. He finished the game with four solo tackles in a 29-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On Novemver 6, 2011, Jackson recorded a season-high six solo tackles and a pass deflection in a 30-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns.[12] On December 4, 2011, he made three solo tackles, two pass reflections, and intercepted Matt Ryan for his first and only pass of the season in a 17-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He finished with 42 combined tackles (37 solo), a forced fumble, an interception, and six deflected passes in 15 games and 13 starts.[17]

The Houston Texans finished the 2011 season with a 10-6 record and received a playoff berth. On January 7, 2012, Jackson appeared in his first career postseason game and made four combined tackles in a 31-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wildcard Game. The next game, he recorded four solo tackles and deflected a pass in a 20-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Diviosnal playoff game.[12] Jackson received a coverage rating of -9.5 from PFF and was ranked 67th (45%) in success rate among qualified corners by Football Outsiders.[14]


Jackson entered the 2012 season slated as the starting cornerback along with Johnathan Joseph. He started the Houston Texan's season opener against the Miami Dolphins and finished the 30-10 victory with five combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted Ryan Tannehill's pass after it was tipped by J.J. Watt.[18] On September 23, 2012, Jackson recorded a season-high seven solo tackles, an assisted tackle, and a deflected a pass in a 31-25 win over the Denver Broncos. The next week, he made two solo tackles, deflected two passes, and intercepted Tennessee Titan's quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 63-yards for his first career touchdown as the Texans routed the Titans 38-14[19]

In Week 5, he had one tackle and intercepted Mark Sanchez's pass in a 23-17 defeat over the New York Jets. It was Jackson's first time with back to back interceptions in two consecutive games.[20] On December 30, 2012, he racked up a season-high eight combined tackles and a pass deflection in a 28-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He finished the 2012 regular season with 53 combined tackles (47 solo), a career-high 16 pass deflections, a career-high four interceptions, and a touchdown in 16 games and 15 starts.[12] The Houston Texans finished first in the AFC South with a 12-4 record but were eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the New England Patriots in the Divisional round.

He had his the best statistical season of his career in 2012. Johnathan Joseph was named to the Pro-bowl although he had only five more combined tackles then Jackson and had two interceptions to Jackson's four. He was ranked the seventh best cornerback in coverage rating (+13.4) according to Pro Football Focus. Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 ranked him twelfth in success rate (59%) among all qualified cornerbacks and the QB rating for opposing quarterbacks targeting Jackson was an average of 69.6%.[14]


Jackson and Joseph returned in 2013 as the Houston Texan's starting cornerback duo. He started the season off with three solo tackles in the Houston Texan's season-opening 31-28 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The following game, Jackson recorded a season-high six solo tackles and made two pass deflections in a 30-24 win against the Tennessee Titans.[12] During the third quarter, Jackson was flagged for unesscary roughness after hitting Titan's receiver Kendall Wright, who was deemed a defenseless receiver at the time. Three days later, the NFL fined him $42,000 for the hit, as it was deemed "dirty", and Wright was diagnosed with a concussion.[21] He missed Weeks 11 and 12 after suffering a fractured rib that limited his ability to play.[22]

Jackson finished the season with 56 combined tackles and nine deflected passes in 14 starts and 14 games.[12] PFF gave him a -4.3 pass coverage grade and he allowed a 106.1 QBR. He was ranked 81st (42%) in success rate by Football Outsiders.[14] The Houston Texans finished the season with a 2-14 record and head coach Gary Kubiak was fired in Week 15.


He started the 2014 season-opener against the Washington Redskins and made eight combined Tackles in the 17-6 victory. The next week, Jackson made two solo tackles and intercepted rookie quarterback Derek Carr and returned it for 65-yards in a 30-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.[23] On October 5, 2014, he recorded a season-high nine combined tackles during a 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. On December 21, 2014, Jackson made one solo tackle and intercepted Baltimore Raven's quarterback Joe Flacco two times as the Texans defeated the Ravens 25-13. He finished his first season under new head coach Bill O'Brien with 56 combined (46 solo) tackles, nine pass deflections, and three interceptions in 13 games and 13 starts.[12]


Jackson became an unrestricted free agent during the 2015 offseason and was one of the top free agent cornerbacks.[14]

On March 7, 2015, the Houston Texans signed Jackson to a four-year, $34 million contract with $20 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of 9 million.[24]

Entering training camp he faced competition from first round rookie draft pick Kevin Johnson, but Johnson and Joseph were able to maintain their starting roles entering the regular season.[25] He started the Houston Texan's season-opener and made six solo tackles in a 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. On October 18, 2015, Jackson made one solo tackle and left in the second quarter of the 31-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not return. He missed the next four games with an ankle injury.[26] On November 29, 2015, he made his return and made four combined tackles, a pass deflecrion, and intercepted New Orleans Saint's quarterback Drew Brees in a 24-6 victory. In Week 14, Jackson racked up a season-high nine solo tackles and a pass deflection in a 27-6 loss to the New England Patriots. On January 3. 2016, he made three solo tackles,intercepted Blake Bortles, and returned it for a 27-yard game-sealing touchdow as the Texans routed the Jaguars 30-6.[27] He finished the season with 58 combined tackles (52 solo), six pass deflections, two interceptions, and a touchdown in 10 starts and 12 games.

The Houston Texans finished with a 9-7 record and finished first in the AFC South. In the AFC Wildcard game, Jackson made seven combined tackles and deflected a pass as they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 30-0.


He held onto his starting role, along with Johnathan Joseph, to begin the 2016 regular season. Jackson started the season-opener and made five combined tackles in a 23-14 win against the Chicago Bears. He missed Weeks 5 and 6 with a hamstring injury.[28] On November 13, 2016, Jackson recorded six solo tackles and intercepted Blake Bortles, returning it for a 42-hard touchdown in a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was his second consecutive season with an interception for a return of a touchdown off of Bortles.[29] During a Week 14 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Jackson made a season-high eight combined tackles in a 22-17 victory. He finished the season with 62 combined tackles (51 solo), four pass deflections, an interception, and a touchdown in 13 starts and 14 games.[12]

After finishing first in the AFC South with a 9-7 record, Jackson made four combined tackles in a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

NFL stats[edit]

2010 HOU 16 71 58 13 0.0 0 0 0 2 23 12 23 0 10
2011 HOU 15 42 37 5 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
2012 HOU 16 53 47 6 0.0 0 0 0 4 71 18 63 1 16
2013 HOU 14 56 51 5 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
2014 HOU 13 57 48 9 0.0 0 0 0 3 97 32 65 0 9
2015 HOU 12 58 52 6 0.0 0 0 0 2 77 37.5 50 1 6
2016 HOU 14 62 51 11 0.0 0 0 0 1 42 42 42 1 4
Career 100 399 344 55 0.0 1 1 0 13 310 19 65 3 60



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