Nov 6, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) watches a replay against the Miami Dolphins in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Miami won the game 31-3. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Impressed By Tyson Jackson


Heading in to the offseason there was some speculation that Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson would become a cap casualty because of his insanely high price tag for 2013, but he ended up restructuring his contract and coming back to the team at a much more reasonable price. During his time in the league after entering as a top five draft pick, Jackson has been a disappointment, but he could finally turn things around with the new coaching regime.

Jackson is learning under his third defensive coordinator since entering the league in 2009, but this time things are different and he appears to be embracing the change and attacking workouts with a positive mindset.

The work ethic and improvement that Jackson has shown so far this offseason has left a positive impact on new head coach Andy Reid.

I’m very impressed with Tyson,” Reid said, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “I’ve been impressed since we’ve been together here. Not many guys are going to outwork him on the field.”

General manager John Dorsey echoed those comments from Reid and admitted that Jackson is coming on as a leader and that he could be a true difference maker in the defense.

“I like how guys gravitate to him,” Dorsey said. “He’s looked upon as one of the leaders of this team. I can’t wait to see him get in pads and actually play in this defense. I think this defense will help him. I see a guy who has a chance to do some things in this defense.”

If the Chiefs can get the most out of Jackson, it will be another positive step forward for the organization that has been making great moves the entire offseason.

Reid and Dorsey have impressed the Chiefs fan base with their action throughout the offseason so far, and it looks like their approach is working with the players as well. This is a positive time for the Chiefs organization.

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  • Dustin Massie

    It would be great to see him generate some push instead of “eating up blockers”. Jackson was getting stood up by a single man far too often in passing situations to be effectivebut when you see him, the idea that some tackle is going to stand him up and wash him out of most of the passing plays does not make sense, the guy is huge. I agree that a d-lineman should take up blockers and let the linebackers run, but you don’t do that by sending a huge man onto the field and effectively tell him to give the o-line a group hug. You do it by cutting the chain on a guy like Jackson and let the other team send the double teams his way after he has done his damage in the back field.

  • GrouchyChiefsFan

    They’ll find out. Once he puts pads on, he turns into Harrison Bergeron (Kurt Vonnegut anyone?).