Jackson has new Level of Comfort in Defense

Posted Aug 24, 2011

Last August Detroit acquired fourth-year defensive end Lawrence Jackson via trade with Seattle to add further depth to an already talented corps of defensive linemen.
Through two seasons with the Seahawks, Jackson played in 32 games with 24 starts and recorded 6.5 sacks for 44.5 yards.
In 2010, Jackson didn’t garner any starts, but he did see a significant amount of playing time through 11 games and finished with 6.0 sacks for a loss of 41.5 yards.
Now entering his second year in Detroit, Jackson seems to have found his niche in the Lions’ defense.
“I have a year under my belt in this scheme, so I’m familiar with the core techniques and principles and I can allow myself to go to the next level in this game,” said Jackson.
“I’m a lot more comfortable and I think that things kind of came together during the offseason. The comfort level in the system allows you to play and not think and last year for the first eight weeks there was a of thinking and lot of not letting my body do what it’s supposed to do. I took a different approach to offseason training, got my core a lot stronger and that’s paid off for me.”
Rotating at both the left and right side among ends Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Turk McBride in 2010 helped Jackson tremendously to understand himself and the system.
After losing Vanden Bosch from the starting line-up to a neck injury during the Thanksgiving Day game last year, Jackson was expected even more so to step up in the final five games of the season.
“Playing both sides has helped me out a lot and it’s just a matter or understanding the things that I can do to improve on from last year,” said Jackson.

“I think during camp I’ve learned a lot of different moves pass-rush wise to be able to set myself up to hone in on specifically what I want to carry into the season.”
Now preparing for their third preseason game, Jackson may have the opportunity to get his first start as a Detroit Lion, ironically in place of Vanden Bosch.
“Kyle went down last year and I had to step in and play with those guys. It’s something I’m familiar with,” said Jackson. “We’ve been rotating during camp, so I’ve had reps with the first-team.
“I know all of the guys pretty well from last year. I don’t think it will be a big deal. I didn’t start any games last year, but it won’t be any different. Football is football.”