Bills' Jackson does his best to make weekend decisions hard

The UB product threw for one touchdown and ran for another

Paul Hamilton
August 29, 2019 - 11:18 pm

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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - I don’t know what to make of Tyree Jackson’s chances of landing on the Bills' practice squad.

For most of the preseason, Jackson did not look like a NFL quarterback in any way, shape or form, but you have to give him credit for Buffalo scoring 21 points in the final 3:53 to beat the Vikings, 27-23.

Jackson led a 12-play, 75-yard drive capped off by his six-yard touchdown run where he went airborne. The ball was knocked loose and recovered by Victor Bolden who was originally given the touchdown, but replay showed the front tip of the ball had crossed the goal line before the fumble.

Just 32-seconds later, Marcus Murphy raced 79-yards with a punt for a score and the Bills were back into it.

Buffalo’s defense held and Jackson got one last chance starting at the Buffalo 43-yard line. Jackson ran for 15-yards and completed a short pass to Nick Easley who turned it into a 30-yard gain.

On first and second down, Jackson made poor throwing decisions, but on third down, he very much looked the part. As he felt pressure, he stepped up in the pocket and found David Sills for the touchdown, assuring the Bills first 4-0 preseason in the history of the team.

In the first half, Jackson was 7-of-11, but he only picked up 45 yards. Buffalo had four first downs and just three points. Two of the four first downs came at the end of the half when Jackson ran for 18 and 20 yards.

Jackson’s final numbers were 22-of-33 for 175 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 78 yards on eight carries for another score. He did lose a fumble on a sack, but the replay showed the ball was out before the defensive player got to him.  

In four games, the thing that I noticed about Jackson was he is very slow on his reads and he has a hitch in his throwing motion. That was pointed out to me the first day he was on the field. In his first three games, he was 8-of-24 for 140 yards. Adding in Thursday’s results, he ended the preseason 30-of-55 for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jackson had 25 rushing attempts for 110 yards and a score.

I really can’t say what Brandon Beane is thinking with this one. One game doesn’t make a player, but if he was debating if Jackson was worth a spot on the practice squad, did he see enough to earn that spot?

In my opinion, I just don’t see a NFL quarterback, but it’s possible Beane and Sean McDermott might feel one year of development could really help make this kid a prospect.

We will see this weekend.

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