William Jackson III’s past helping him grasp his Bengals future – Cincinnati Benegals News

William Jackson III’s past helping him grasp his Bengals future – Cincinnati Benegals News

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Bengals beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. discuss the first day of team’s training camp. The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar

Andy Dalton’s throw wobbled, Cody Core hesitated – and William Jackson III broke and got his hands on a football in live action for the first time in, well, a long time.

The smile could be seen through the facemask, and it was still there as he walked off the practice field.

Jackson III is approaching the 365th day since tearing the pectoral muscle on Aug. 1 that ended his rookie season before it began, and the 2016 first-round pick’s training camp interception of the Bengals starting quarterback was something worth noting.

“Oh, it felt great to actually be competing and catch a pick rather than working out and catching it,” Jackson III said after practice.

It’s been a long road for Jackson III, who was physically ready to come off injured reserve late last year but was kept on when the club decided to activate veteran running back Cedric Peerman due to injury and rapidly dimming playoff hopes.

So it left the rookie left out, participating in meetings but not much else.

That hope gone, Jackson III had to remember that it could be worse, that it had been worse for him. Like when he was ready to pack up quit football in the heat of summer school on the desolate campus of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, population 12,811.

“It was a depressing time for him,” said Cornelius McFarland, Jackson…

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