The New England Patriots went the extra mile to get a familiar face back with the team.
Just one year after letting him walk away in free agency, they brought back former star CB J.C. Jackson, who had struggled to establish himself with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Unfortunately, that homecoming hasn’t gone the way they wanted, as he’s failed to make an impact on the team, and it seems like he’s not on good terms with the coaching staff either.
Jackson was benched for the first two drives vs. the Washington Commanders as retaliation for being late to the team’s hotel, and the Pats chose to keep him home and not take him with them to Germany for their international matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Patriots hoped Jackson would be ‘in a better place’ once they got back from the Bye week, and it seems like Bill Belichick will give him another chance.
Coach Bill Belichick says, “I think he’ll be available” to a question about whether JC Jackson will be back after the bye.
Why didn’t he travel? “That was the decision. I don’t want to get into it.” https://t.co/s6wprGUTls
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2023
When asked about that, Belichick stated that he thinks Jackson will be available, but he didn’t want to get into any of the details as to why they decided to keep him home.
There have been several concerning reports about Jackson’s behavior, up to the point where the Chargers’ GM reportedly apologized to his players for signing him.
Once considered one of the best players in his position and worthy of a big contract, Jackson is now playing with fire and could be walking his final steps in the league.