It is a harsh and probably unfair analogy, but when I think of New York Giants safety Bennett Jackson I can't help but think of the television show "The Biggest Loser." That's not a slap at Jackson's conditioning. It is, rather, a statement about what Jackson has lost in the past year. Really, the past two years.
Let's focus on Jackson as we continue profiling the players on the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp at the end of July.
2015 Season in Review
After being moved from cornerback to safety, the 2014 sixth-round pick appeared to have won the starting free safety job after a really impressive training camp. Then, he lost it. And lost his entire season when he tore his ACL near the end of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That came on the heels of losing his entire rookie season to a knee injury that required the dreaded microfracture surgery.
2016 Season Outlook
Jackson has thus far lost two seasons to knee injuries. He also appears to have lost his opportunity at a starting safety job. Landon Collins has one of those locked down. Things can change, but right now Jackon appears to be on the outside looking in as third-year man Nat Berhe and rookie third-round pick Darian Thompson compete for the other spot.
While he practiced regularly during OTAs, there is no telling at this point how much athleticism the two knee injuries have cost Jackson. Rather than competing to be a starter, though, he appears to be competing with Mykkele Thompson, Cooper Taylor and Justin Currie to simply make the roster.
Of course, if he does that and manages to get to Week 1 healthy that will be an improvement for him over his first two NFL seasons.