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Phillips expects Jackson to play like a No. 1 pick

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 27, 2011 – 1:57 pm

Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson struggled as a rookie in 2010, but the Texans still have high expectations for his future.

Defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said earlier this week that Jackson, the former 20th overall pick out of Alabama, is a “really, really good zone player” who needs work on his man-to-man technique. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expects Jackson to make major strides in his second season.

“The guy’s a number one pick, so that’s what we expect him to play like, a number one player,” Phillips said. “And I think that’s the problem with guys that are picked in the first round. (People) expect them to be all-stars, and a lot of times the first year or first couple years, but it takes a little while. It takes getting your feet wet sometimes, especially at corner.

“With a good attitude, which we think he has, and he’s a good worker, we think he’ll improve a lot. And we think he can help him. Just watching him on tape, technique-wise, he has a lot of flaws that we think can be coached.”

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