Eddie Jackson showed off tremendous ability when healthy at Alabama and the Chicago Bears are ready to give him a shot in training camp.
“He’s wired right, he understands the game, in the classroom setting, questions and answers, he gets it,” coach John Fox said of Jackson, via JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago. “He’ll get plenty of time in Bourbonnais.”
The Bears report to training camp on July 26 and will hold their first practice in Bourbonnais the next day.
In 38 games at Alabama, Jackson recorded 126 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, nine interceptions, three touchdowns, 12 pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Last season he fractured his leg while returning punt against Texas A&M in October and was forced to miss the rest of the season.
“He’s done a fantastic job for us, and I’m just sick for him and his family and hate it,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban at the time, via BamaOnLine’s Charlie Potter. “It’s one of the things about sports, all sports, that we all have to deal with sometimes is injuries. It’s unfortunate, especially when it happens to a great guy and a very, very good player. We’ll certainly miss him.”
Despite the injury the Bears opted to take Jackson in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Chicago added veteran safety Quintin Demps in free agency, and he should be a starter at the strong safety position, opening up an opportunity for Jackson to push for a starting job…
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