Texans to shift Jackson to safety

The Sports Xchange

June 23, 2018 at 11:25 am.

Kareem Jackson will have a new position in the Houston Texans’ secondary.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien told a Houston radio station on Friday that Jackson will be shifted from cornerback to safety, per the Houston Chronicle.

Jackson has appeared in 116 games, making 108 starts, in eight seasons with Houston — all at cornerback. O’Brien said Jackson was moved to safety during the team’s offseason program and acquitted himself well.

The Texans have a need at the position after safety Andre Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this month. Hall started all 16 games in 2017.

A first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Jackson is expected to compete for the starting job with rookie Justin Reid, a third-round draft selection.

Jackson made 14 starts last season, registering 73 tackles, one interception and 10 pass breakups, which tied for the second-highest of his career. He has 14 career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns.

Houston also fortified its secondary in free agency by signing former Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu to a one-year contract in March.