Denver Broncos player no. 5: Kareem Jackson, S
Another one of the Denver Broncos’ top free agent signings over the last few years has been safety Kareem Jackson, who wasn’t a safety hardly at all when he first came to Denver.
Jackson was a first-round pick at the cornerback position by the Houston Texans who had certainly shown some versatility, but he was not considered a full-time safety before he got to the Broncos.
Fangio envisioned him as a safety in tandem with Justin Simmons in his defense, and those two have been arguably the best safety tandem in the NFL over that timeframe.
Jackson has been an enforcer of sorts for the Broncos’ defense, doing a little bit of everything well, especially when it comes to attacking the line of scrimmage and making impact tackles shortly after receivers catch the ball or running backs find what appears to be the open field.
Jackson’s tackling ability and instincts have seemingly given his NFL career new life. He has found the fountain of youth as a safety in the NFL and there’s no doubt he will play again in 2022 after a strong 2021 season that ended with a shoulder injury.
Jackson’s physical style of play and overall lack of size don’t necessarily give you the greatest comfort that he is going to be able to handle a 17-game season going forward, but he’s a stud and someone his teammates love.