This is the second consecutive season that Jackson has not recorded a sack. He was never a dominant pass rusher with the Chiefs, but he did have seven combined sacks in his final two years in Kansas City. He still has three years left on his contract, but the Falcons will likely need to see a little more out of Jackson if he wants to stay on the team's roster for three more years.
Jackson, who currently weighs 318 pounds, hired a personal chef with the goal of slimming down to 305 pounds, per ESPN.com.
"I just started recently, and constantly, week by week, I want to trim down," Jackson said. "I got my personal chef at the end of March. I know Matt Ryan used her, and a couple Falcons in the past have used her, too."
Jackson wants to slime down because the Falcons' defensive schemes will be much different this year. Last season he was encouraged to be as big as possible because the team pictured him as a run-stuffer. This year's defense is a more complex version of last season's 4-3 scheme and it incorporates a lot of 3-4 principles, so Jackson's big frame isn't an ideal fit.
"Playing this 4-3 style of defense, there's no reason to be heavy because you're not two-gapping no more," Jackson said. "Everything is ball, key and get-off. So, that's pretty much the reason for [losing weight]."
Jackson started all 16 games for the Falcons last year and recorded 22 tackles.
|P2||8/18/16||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/25/16||@ MIA||8:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|3||9/26/16||@ NO||8:30 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|9||11/3/16||@ TB||8:25 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|14||12/11/16||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|2009||Kansas City Chiefs||16||38||27.0||11||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2010||Kansas City Chiefs||12||31||19.0||12||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||55||37.0||18||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||15||43||31.0||12||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||34||25.0||9||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
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