Thursday, April 1, 2010

Buffalo takes a chance on Chad Jackson

Chad Jackson is a special case. He's one of the division's most notorious flameouts in the past decade. The Buffalo Bills signed Jackson on Wednesday. Jackson was a star receiver at the University of Fla. As a junior in 2005, Jackson started 11 games and appeared in all twelve. He tied the school record for receptions in a single season with 88, which also led the Southeastern Conference. Jackson was named to the AP All-SEC Team for 2005 and was one of 15 semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award. His best season came the same year, as his 88 catches went for 900 yards and nine touchdowns, with two additional rushing touchdowns. Following that season, Jackson declared that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Jackson is the Patriots' greatest draft failure on Belichick's watch. They overvalued the University of Florida receiver and kicker returner enough to move up 16 spots and draft him 36th overall four years ago. Jackson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds. He was supposed to be the replacement for Super Bowl hero Deion Branch. Terms of his contract weren't disclosed, but it's safe to assume it's a low-risk deal for Buffalo.

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