Re: Kareem Jackson allowing only 2.5 receptions and 35 yards per game
All young players can use improvement after their rookie year, especially one who was drafted as a Junior, whether he's a CB or a LB, or whatever.
"Suck" was Patrick Peterson, who was drafted way higher, had decent safety help and still gave up more than KJax.
A rookie season by KJax should be considered "on track" or at worst "average".
Remember how D. Brown "struggled" earlier and had to be spelled every third series by Salaam in the later part of the season?
That platoon system was suggested by me during PS; the coaches didn't do it until late. I expected that the rookie LT will struggle early if they threw him into the fire. And he did.
In Cushing rookie year, I said that if they put him in coverage too often, too soon, he will "struggle" and he did (Dallas Clark).
It wasn't because he didn't have the ability; the reason was that he wasn't asked to do much of it at USC.
Some fans have too high of an expectation for first-round draft choices.
Sure, some will flourish if he's used in a way that helps him succeed.
Take Clay Matthews or Von Miller for example; they came in and basically all they (the coaches) want them to do is to be edge rushers.
Take McCourty for example; the Pats play a safety over the top and told McCourty to play aggressive and he did well as a rookie in that role.
When they do this, obviously, the Pats were either in cover 2 or they left the other CB on an island.
McCourty struggled in the second half of the season when they started asking him to do more.
There's another young CB the Pats just drafted, Dennard; he also had some successes in the few games he played in, due to the same scheme. And he was a mere #224 pick.
Yes, scheme matters.