FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Maybe a system switch will be the catalyst for cornerback Chevis Jackson's career. That's what Jackson is hoping for after signing a two-year contract with the Patriots last Friday.
Jackson (5-11, 193 pounds) played for the Falcons and Jaguars, which was essentially the same defensive system. Now he's returning to the type of system he played at Louisiana State under Nick Saban.
"Saban recruited me and his defense is pretty much kind of the same [as what the Patriots run]," Jackson said. "It's just a lot of recall, because it's been a while since I've been under Saban, so I'm trying to pick up little things."
In what ways are the system he played at LSU and what he sees from the Patriots similar?
"Probably some of the calls, the philosophies and formations and things like that, the coverages," Jackson said. "It's just different terminology. Trying to switch from Atlanta terminology to this, it's a little different."
Jackson said most of his work with the Falcons came in the slot, but he can also play an outside postion. A 2008 third-round draft choice, his presence could be more important than anticipated with rookie cornerback Devin McCourty potentially sidelined with a rib injury.
"It doesn't matter. Wherever the coaches want me to line up, that's where I'll play," he said.