Gregg Williams’ determination to ship the home and go away Lamar Jackson on an island in opposition to Henry Ruggs III might be dissected for days to come back.
But Jackson, the Jets undrafted rookie cornerback on the fallacious finish of Ruggs’ 46-yard landing catch Sunday, is taking the blame himself.
“I heard the call, and I gotta execute it,” Jackson mentioned after the Jets’ crushing 31-28 loss. “I didn’t execute it to the best of my ability or how I wanted to. It’s tough, but at the same time, I also know that call is not going to define me or my career.”
On paper, the one-on-one matchup in the defining play of the sport featured two rookies. But one was a first-round choose from Alabama, the primary large receiver drafted final April, who’s synonymous with game-breaking velocity after clocking a 4.27-second time in the 40-yard sprint on the NFL mix. The different wasn’t drafted in any respect, was thrust into motion because of accidents in the Jets’ secondary and could be greatest recognized for not being that Lamar Jackson.
That made Williams’ determination to go away Jackson alone on Ruggs all of the extra questionable, however Jackson took accountability for giving up the rating. He bit on a double transfer and will by no means catch again up as Ruggs had room to catch Derek Carr’s go on the 3-yard line and step into the top zone.
“There’s a lot of fast guys in this league,” Jackson mentioned. “Y’all know the numbers. He’s fast. I’m not going to take that away from him at all, but I’m also not going to make that excuse for the reason why I gave up a touchdown.”
Jackson, who was making the fifth begin of his profession, pledged to make use of the play as a “learning experience.”
“It’s tough. It’s definitely tough,” he mentioned. “I wasn’t looking for help, but I definitely was probably hoping it wasn’t on me. All I could think was, ‘Not me.’ I don’t want to be the reason. But I was. Gotta live with it. Gotta get better.”