Will the Titans use Adoree' Jackson More on Offense?



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** When Adoree' Jackson began looking ahead to Sunday's game against the Ravens, he had two things on his mind – playing on defense, and on special teams.

"Earlier in the week some of the o-linemen asked me, 'Hey Adoree', when are they going to use you on offense?," Jackson said. "I was like, I'm not really pressing it. If it's meant to be it's meant to be. I'm getting opportunities on defense and on special teams, so I'm like, I can't complain."

Not long after, coaches let Jackson know they'd scripted a play for him.

"I was like, "It's on! Let's go!," Jackson said. "I was fired up. It brought me back to my USC days."

But leading up to the moment, after being informed the play was in the game plan prior to the game, Jackson had something -- make that someone -- else on his mind.

"Everyone said: "Watch out for Terrell Suggs. Don't let him body-slam you!'," a smiling Jackson said of the Ravens linebacker. "So when I got the ball the first thing I did was look at him. And when I saw he was blocked I was like, "OK, I'm good."

Jackson did well on the first offensive play of his NFL career. He took a handoff from quarterback Marcus Mariota, and darted up the middle for a 20-yard gain in the team's 23-20 win over Baltimore.

Jackson played a lot of offense in college at USC – he has six offensive scores to show for it, in addition to his work on defense and special teams.

So will he get more chances moving forward?

"There's a possibility," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "One (rush) for 20 (yards), I think that's a pretty good start."

Earlier in the season, the Titans said they wanted to allow Jackson time to get comfortable in the defense before trying him on offense.

Mularkey said defenses will now have to prepare for Jackson.

"He's an explosive player," Mularkey said. "We're curious to see what would've happened - he bobbled the hand-off, he had to basically double clutch it, and we would've liked to see if he had another step or two with the ball in his hands sooner what he could've done with it. Does he break the last safety's tackle? We don't know, but it's another personnel grouping teams have to be aware of. (It) doesn't mean he's getting the ball just because he's in the game. We had a play for him."

Jackson, who has started every game on defense in addition to returning punts and kicks, said he's ready to do more.

But he'll leave it up to the coaches, he said, instead of lobbying for more.

The Titans face the Bengals on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

"When you get an opportunity, you want to make a good impression," Jackson said. "Hopefully it's a sign for me to get more carries. If not, I'm OK with a 20-yard average."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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