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Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice said Jackson was as good as anyone in the league towards the end of the season, per The San Francisco Chronicle. Tice also complimented Jackson’s character and said Jackson started playing for more tenacity and aggression last season.
Just last season, Jackson moved from left guard to right guard with Osemele’s arrival. Jackson said he did not know who the move would turn out. However, he said life is about adjustments so he said he could not get beat in the new situation.
Jackson teams up with Osemele to form the only guard duo to play over 1,000 snaps without allowing a single snap, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Overall, the Raiders only allowed 18 sacks last season.
Now, Jackson said the work and sacrifices he put in finally paid off. Still, Jackson said he does not play to relax. The Mississippi State alumni just does not have to worry about a contract. He just has to worry about playing football.
The 2014 third round pick appreciated that Carr talked about taking a team-friendly deal to make Jackson’s extension easier. He said Carr always told him that he wants the whole team to be good.
In another interview after the deal, Jackson said he, Carr and Mack always believed the franchise would turnaround. He said the three 2014 rookies would talk about changing the culture. Oakland went 3-13 in their first year with the team before going 7-9 in 2015 and 12-4 last season.
Carr and Jackson are under contract long-term. Meanwhile, Mack is a free agent after the 2018 season but Oakland is expected to get him under a long-term deal before then.