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.