Bucs have 'very high' trust in reinstated Tanard Jackson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik says he has “very high” trust in safety Tanard Jackson, who was just reinstated after a one-year suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.
Dominik bases his trust in knowing what Jackson has been through in the 56 weeks in which he hasn’t played football or been permitted to be around the team. There’s a gamble in play here, but the Bucs feel good about the situation, probably in part because Jackson has played so well for them in the past.
“I'm very anxious to get back on the field and to be back with my teammates,'' Jackson said, according to the Tampa Tribune. "I think I'm in great condition, I'm ready to play, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes at this point to help this team.''
The Bucs have a two-week roster exemption with Jackson and it’s possible they activate him before the team’s game in London Oct. 23 with the Chicago Bears.
"Tanard has not played football in 56 weeks,'' Dominik said. "He hasn't practiced very much (either) in terms of (participating in) real football drills. So this is an opportunity for him to get back out there and show (us) that the muscle memory hasn't been lost and (show us) what he can do to help this football team.''
Understandably, Jackson is very grateful for his opportunity, one he might not have gotten everywhere.
"This organization has stood by me through a lot,'' he said. "All I can say is I'm proud to have those guys in my corner.''
Hopefully, Jackson will not find himself back in the crosshairs of the league again.
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