Michael Carter of the Jets is tackled by J.C. Jackson of the Patriots in the first half as the New England Patriots played the NY Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on September 19, 2021.

The New England Patriots Came To Play The Ny Jets At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On September 19 2021

Patriots’ J.C. Jackson ‘shocked’ by Stephon Gilmore trade

New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson said his desire to improve his game has not changed since Stephon Gilmore was traded to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

“I still have the same mentality every day, and that’s to compete and get better,” Jackson said on Thursday.

Jackson admitted he was “shocked” by the Gilmore trade, noting that the All-Pro had served as a mentor to him since he joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland iin 2018.

Jackson referenced Gilmore’s demeanor and the way that he prepared to compete in each game.

“Just the mentality he had to go out and compete every week, facing the No. 1 receiver,” Jackson said. “He never got too high, never got too low. He just stayed focused and competed every week.”

Jackson, 25, has recorded 17 tackles and two interceptions in four games this season for New England (1-3), which visits the Houston Texans (0-4) on Sunday.

Jackson has 117 tackles and 19 interceptions in 49 career games with the Patriots.

Gilmore, 31, was the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He was in the final season of a five-year, $65 million deal signed with the Patriots in 2017. He had made it clear to the Patriots that he wanted to be among the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, but the two sides were unable to agree on a restructured deal.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots CB Jackson added to Pro Bowl ballot

Fans now can vote for New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson for the Pro Bowl after his name was added to the ballot on Wednesday.

When voting opened Tuesday, Jackson wasn’t on the ballot, despite leading the NFL in interceptions with six. Teams nominate their players for the ballot, and the Patriots submitted the names of their typical starting defense, which included cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty.

But on Wednesday morning, the Patriots resubmitted their nominees, switching to a nickel defense. They removed the name of Anfernee Jennings, a rookie linebacker,

Jackson, 25, is in his third season with the Patriots after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He has appeared in nine games (four starts) and played 82 percent of the team’s defensive plays this season.

He has made an interception in each of the past five games. He has broken up 11 passes.

Pro Bowl selections are made when the votes of players, coaches and fans are added together. There won’t be a physical Pro Bowl this year but instead will be played via Madden NFL 21.

Fan voting runs through Dec. 17.

–Field Level Media