Cornerback Buddy Jackson is hoping to catch on with the Colts (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Former Pitt cornerback Buddy Jackson had been off to a good start with the Indianapolis Colts. He wasn't drafted, but was quickly picked up by the team as an undrafted free agent.
Jackson quickly got a chance to show what he could do and played with the first team in the team's rookie minicamp. Another thing working in Jackson's favor was the fact that he the Colts hadn't drafted any corners. The Colts' Chris Rucker and Kevin Thomas are both looking like the favorites to start across from Jerraud Powers according to Pro Football Weekly, but if Jackson makes the team, he could be in line for time since the position is far from a stable one.
But things didn't go perfect for Jackson as he suffered an injury.According to Indystar.com, Jackson went down with an undisclosed injury. The injury caused him to miss some drills with eight others and no word on if he returned from it.
As an undrafted free agent, starting as a rookie early in the season is almost certainly out of the question. Still, regardless of the setback, with so many young players at the position and one corner spot open, Jackson could vie for playing time if he impresses. The other factor is, of course, his special teams contributions. Jackson ran back a long kickoff last year for a touchdown and that's just another dimension of his game that might make him attractive.