Tanard Jackson: 'I'm trying to be a better man'
As a team with many questions in the secondary, the Washington Redskins could use a player like Tanard Jackson.
Unfortunately, due to violations of the NFL's drug policy, Jackson will not be eligible to rejoin the Skins until September. But Jackson rejoining the team is more of a question than it is a certainty.
Jackson admitted he had doubts if he would ever make it back to the NFL after he received a year-long suspension last season for failing a third drug test.
"There were doubts in my head if I was going to get back, if I wanted to get back," Jackson said in an exclusive interview with CSN Washington.
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has said that Jackson is a "great guy and a great football player," going so far to say that if Jackson is in the position to rejoin the Redskins he would be welcomed back.
To Jackson, hearing Haslett's positive words had a very positive impact on working to get back to the NFL.
"Every day I try to get better," Jackson said.
A local guy from Silver Spring, Jackson was drafted in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In five seasons with the Bucs, Jackson logged 239 tackles, one sack and 10 interceptions. Jackson played in the preseason with the Redskins last year, but was suspended before the regular season began.