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One of the more surprising deals this offseason was the re-signing of backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson came to Buffalo in return for a seventh-round selection in the 2013 draft, after getting traded by the Seahawks during week four of the 2012 preseason. The move was puzzling at the time, but even more so after the coaching staff failed to activate Jackson once during the 2012 season. Chan Gailey rolled with the ineffective Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter and the abominably bad Tyler Thigpen as his stunt-double. Needless to say the results were as expected.
With Gailey trying to save his job at the end of the year he decided to keep Jackson away from the field, as he continued to adjust to the playbook. Jackson had to have been less than thrilled about being an inactive third quarterback on a losing team, but he was somehow convinced to come back with a new coaching staff.
Player: Tarvaris Jackson
Years in league: Eight
2012 Stats & Recap: No statistics
Jackson rode the bench all season despite pleas from fans to see what he had to offer at the end of the year. A floundering coaching staff would have no such thing despite being a part of the decision to spend a late pick on him during the preseason. He spent an entire season studying a playbook that is no longer applicable for what the team is going to do on offense.
Last season was the first time in his career that he did not appear in a game. His previous career-low in appearances was three during the 2010 season with Minnesota.
What He Needs to Do in 2013:
As I mentioned in the Kevin Kolb profile, Jackson will likely be in a two-person battle for a roster spot come August. Jackson is a bit more athletic than Kolb and does have more stabilized success in the NFL, but I would not put my money on either guy to be the starter for all of 2013. Jackson started off OTAs as the first-team starter, which could mean something—or it could mean nothing. He has the skill set to be effective in Nate Hackett’s offense as a guy with a big arm who can tuck the ball and run if necessary.
Jackson is signed on a one-year deal with Buffalo and would be the easier player to get rid of with a small amount of guaranteed money above the veterans’ minimum. He will need to stand out as the much superior player if he wants to make the roster as a backup.
Projections: Last wave of cuts; picked up by another team as a backup or emergency player
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