Patriots jettison prized draft pick Jackson

August, 31, 2008
8/31/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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The New England Patriots are finished with Chad Jackson. He's the player they wanted so badly in the 2006 draft that they traded up, shoving their way past half the teams in the league to grab him with the 36th overall pick and make him the second WR off the board.

Jackson's status was in doubt throughout training camp and the preseason, but he finally could exhale Saturday afternoon. He had a decent preseason and made the Patriots' 53-man roster. Less than 24 hours later, they cut him.

Injuries ravaged Jackson's two seasons. As a rookie, he was dogged by a hamstring injury and later a knee problem. He played in just two games last year because of the knee injury and didn't have a catch. His rookie numbers were all he posted: 13 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

There was so much buzz surrounding Jackson when he came out of Florida after his junior year as a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist.

But some scouts consider Jackson a workout wonder who doesn't play as fast as he clocks. He never meshed with Tom Brady and then got lost amid a stacked receiving corps.

But Jackson is only 23 and now can be picked up by a needy team willing to take a chance.

Jackson probably won't land in the AFC East, where Jackson would love the opportunity to play the Patriots twice a year.

Jackson has a home in downtown Miami. But the Miami Dolphins made a lot of maneuvers Sunday to pick up players and finalize their 53-man roster. They'll be hard-pressed to make room at a position where they have a backup (Ernest Wilford) pulling in $6 million in guarantees.

The Buffalo Bills aren't interested. They're happy with their receivers: Lee Evans, James Hardy, Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish. They're high on seventh-round draft choice Steve Johnson's future.

The New York Jets are deep enough at receiver with Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith, Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney.

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