Malik Jackson anxious for Jaguars, says he has a "vendetta" against former team

Ed Kracz

It’s only the preseason, so bulletin board material really isn’t a thing, yet, is it?

If so, Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson practically licked his chops when it was mentioned that his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, are next on the exhibition schedule.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the season, but luckily I have a vendetta against the Jaguars so we play them next, so I don’t have to look too far to be happy,” said Jackson following Saturday’s practice. “I just have to look to Thursday. ... The Jaguars, we go there this week, so I’m pretty amped about that, bringing these guys (Eagles teammates) along, telling them I need them this week. We have to do it.”

Asked if he was familiar with the Jags’ offensive line, Jackson just smiled and said: “It should be a good day.”

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Jackson played the previous three seasons in north Florida, playing in all 48 games. He would’ve had 48 starts, but was benched last year because the Jaguars coaching staff didn’t believe he was good enough to play the run. He was released by the team after what they said was a subpar year, even though in 2017 Jackson made the Pro Bowl.

He signed a three-year contract worth $30 million with the Eagles when free agency opened in March.

Jackson played just 11 snaps in the preseason opener on Thursday, so how much he will play against Jacksonville’s O-line on Thursday night remains to be seen.

If head coach Doug Pederson told him he wasn’t playing against the Jaguars, Jackson said he would be upset, but not because it would put a crimp in vendetta plans.

“I would not (be upset) because I want to go play against them, but just the fact that I feel like I still have things I have to work on as far as my get off, my hand placement, my timing with everything, so I’ll be more upset that damn, I really need to work on some things than I would be to go out and smack somebody in the face because it is preseason at the end of the day,” said Jackson.

“I’d be more upset because I feel I have some things I still need to work on for when Fletch (Cox) comes back so we can be better synchronized.”

Cox is still rehabbing his way back from a foot injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

“This camp is going good. Luckily it’s almost over, but we been working hard here, man,” said Jackson. “I am ready for camp to be over, get to the season healthy, get playing with Fletch and getting these W’s on the board.”