Buffalo Bills' Chad Jackson during NFL football minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Tuesday, May 25, 2010. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Updated: Sunday, 06 Jun 2010, 10:03 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 06 Jun 2010, 10:03 PM EDT
ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) - In the wide open battle for receiver spots, Chad Jackson is one name that's flying under the radar for Bills fans. But if the former 2nd round draft pick can make it, it will be a true comeback story. With no clear starter opposite Lee Evans, it might just happen.
Jackson battled injuries during his brief career, which started as a high pick by the Patriots in 2006. He played 12 games with 13 catches that season, but just two games with no catches in 2007. Tired of the injuries, New England released Jackson before the 2008 season. He played four games with one catch in Denver, but spent the 2009 season out of football.
Now, he's hoping to finally make his mark with the Bills.
"Its been real hard being a high draft pick just living up to the expectations, its been hard," Jackson said after Sunday's minicamp practice, "RIght now I'm trying to start over and this is a great organization."
Jackson is battling James Hardy, Steve Johnson, Roscoe Parrish and a host of other rookie wideouts. He thinks if he works hard and doesn't take a position for granted, he'll be able to contribute in 2010. At 6-1 and 223 pounds, the former Florida Gator brings good size and speed to the receiver group.
"This might be the best I've ever felt in a long time, since I came out of college."
NOTES: Marshawn Lynch did not attend practice once again...Newly acquired linebacker Reggie Torbor did not attend Sunday's workout. He's expected to sign his contract Monday and practice Tuesday when OTA's resume....Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy watched the workout and visited with Chan Gailey after the workout.