Ticats Sign WR/KR Dexter Jackson, Release MacKay

The Tiger-Cats announced today that import receiver/kick returner Dexter Jackson has joined the team’s practice roster.

Jackson, a 5-10, 182-pound native of Decatur, Georgia, was selected in the second round (58th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft after four seasons at Appalachian State. Jackson returned 14 kickoffs for 327 yards and 20 punts for 97 yards in seven games with the Buccaneers before stints with the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers.

In 29 games with Appalachian State, Jackson caught 60 passes for 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns and returned 63 punts for 468 yards.

The Ticats also announced that non-import receiver Glenn MacKay has been released.

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Wow, that's a guy I never expected to wear black and gold. I just recently read an article about the biggest draft busts/gems for every NFL team between 2008-2010...Dexter Jackson was considered one of the worst picks during those years. I also remember him being rated like a 48 overall in Madden, but had something like 98 speed rating :lol: . So maybe his NFL career wasn't the greatest...

It was absurd for the Bucs to select him so high, so I don't really blame Jackson at all for being a "bust" in the NFL. I still remember watching App St take down Michigan in the season opener in 2007, Jackson was absolutely explosive in that game. Dexter has substantial NFL training under his belt, and he has speed to burn, he ran a 4.27 40 at the NFL combine.

Dare I say...this is our new Chris Williams? :wink:

But seriously, I think he could do some real damage as a returner and slot guy in the CFL. But I have barely heard his name and or seen him play for almost 6 years, so who knows what kind of player he is now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV3X3g4AOws http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhJOahzIn8Q

NO.#2...Dexter Jackson highlights Appalcian State !!! :slight_smile: :rockin:

Wasn't Richie Williams the QB then?

Wow, you can remember that from 6 years ago? I can't remember what I had for breakfast :lol: :oops:

WOW!!!! Completly forgot about Williams,so many Q.B.'s came and gone in that time,he most certainly was the Q.B. for Appalachian at that time,most likely the one throwing all the darts to Jackson in the videos.Poor Ritchie,wonder where he is now??Last I heard he was cut by the B.B.'s in 09,haven't heard anything about him since.

Lol I had an obsession with the NFL draft in 2008, and have continued that obsession ever since. But I remember that 08 draft class vivedly. Now only I could remember what I studied the day before, that’d be a more useful at this point in my life :lol:

Jackson did play with Williams in 04 and 05, but Williams was not the QB during the famous Michigan upset, he was actually playing for the Cats at that point.

For everyone wondering who the QB was (because I know you’re all just dying to know…), it was Armanti Edwards, who is now a WR for the Carolina Panthers…he also holds 64 records at App St.

I was just doing this for fun and wasn't even going to post it, but I found this list to be kinda eye opening. The Bucs selected Jackson with the 58th overall pick in the 2008 draft, the following receivers who have all had alright-great NFL careers so far were selected after him (in order of selection),

Earl Bennet
Early Doucet
Harry Douglas
Mario Manningham
Andre Caldwell
Lavelle Hawkins
Josh Morgan
Pierre Garcon
Stevie Johnson
Chaz Schilens

To be fair to the Bucs, it wasn't a very strong class for WR, a few 2nd round busts, none were even selected in the first round. Crazy to analyze how hit and miss the NFL draft can be. But still...to this day the Dexter Jackson pick makes me scratch my head.

Still love the pick up by the Cats by the way, again just something I did for fun and thought I'd post it.

I'm a huge Bucs fan, so I remember Jackson all too well.

He was projected to be a mid-to-late round pick, but Raheem Morris loved the guy.

A lot of straight a way speed, but I'm not too sold on Jackson as a football player. He has decent hands, so that wasn't the issue, but for whatever reason he just couldn't find his groove in the NFL

Upon watching his App State highlights, it seems like he was just running streaks most of the time, so I'm wondering if he's a poor route runner and therefore couldn't get open in the NFL despite his speed.

I was waiting for your reaction knowing you're a big Bucs fan, seems we remember him the same.

At the very least he could be an explosive return guy, but you could be right about the route running. There had to be a reason he just couldn't stick in the NFL. I hope he turns out to be a gem for us, we seem to know how to evaluate receiver talent with a high degree of competence.

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Signed by R.Williams only $7.99 what a bargain LOL!!!!! :lol:

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Maybe with the way the B.B.'s are going through Q.B.'s....they could resign this guy with the "SUPER STAR" Looks!!!!!

Richie retired from football and became a NASCAR Pit Crew member.

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Interesting read on Williams and his transition from football to Nascar

interesting read indeed.
and quite unconventional a career transition in comparison to the more traditional post football careers of Mariuz and Hitchcock who became real estate agents.

Live well and prosper beloved TiCats alumni. :thup:

and much thanks for the article link bobo. :thup:

With great speed and a wide field this guy could be deadly.. our kick/punt return teams have bin setting up good blocks, I'm excited to see how he turns out :cowboy:

While I understand the logic of signing him for KR, how does he fit in as a receiver with our current core? Is he going to be a special package player or is he going to take someones job (Stala?). With our bigger field and his speed he should do alright.

And you guys are correct, that was a name I haven't heard for a while but it is one of those that once you hear you never forget, like Doug Flutie.

In now living in Tampa but only after Jackson was picked, I've seen enough to notice that Jackson is in a long line of poor draft picks by the local club. Doug Martin at RB last year was gold as a rookie despite my view that he would be picked too high, but overall the Tampa Bay Bucs do not draft well.

But perhaps if Jackson can return kicks in the CFL and run some decent quick slant routes from the slot or go or post routes from out wide, well he'll be money.

Doug Flutie????????????? Never heard of him.......He couldn't possibly been as good as that Williams fella!!!! :slight_smile: :lol: :roll:

Good posts guys and great research into Dexter Jackson, Wow if he can explode on an NFL size field imagine what he could do on a CFL size field up here?

Welcome aboard Dexter show us your stuff!!

EAT EM RAW TIGER-CATS!!!