Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Scouts take on linebacker D'Qwell Jackson
By Mike Wells
Give the Indianapolis Colts credit, they’re not waiting around to talk to players who could potentially help their team.
The Colts are scheduled to meet with former Cleveland Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. The Browns released Jackson last week, which means he’s able to talk to teams now.
Inside linebacker is a position of need for the Colts to go with Robert Mathis, Jerrell Freeman and Erik Walden in their 3-4 defense. Pat Angerer joined them in the starting lineup most of the season before eventually losing his job to Kelvin Sheppard. Angerer, who is recovering from knee surgery, will become a free agent next week and likely won’t return.
The Colts finished 20th in the league in total defense last season.
The opportunity to start is there for Jackson if he decides to sign with the Colts. Jackson, a 2006 second-round draft pick, had at least 100 tackles in five seasons.
It also helps that the Colts added former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski to the staff to be head coach Chuck Pagano’s special assistant last month. Jackson was upset when the Browns fired Chudzinski.
I caught up with ESPN.com NFL scout Matt Williamson to talk about Jackson.
“He is better than anyone (the Colts) have now at inside linebacker for sure,” Williamson said. “I like Jackson, but also think he is a bit overrated. A good quality player that racks up numbers, but needs to be protected and doesn't excel in one particular area. He has played in both a 3-4 and 4-3, never has to come off the field and is considered a strong leader.”