NFL Draft: Giants ‘Adoree’ Jackson reveals how rookies can earn respect in the locker room, recounts personal experiences

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Adoree ‘Jackson was a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2017 after a fantastic collegiate career at USC and knows exactly what it’s like to walk into a locker room as a rookie trying to make a name for himself and gain respect from his teammates.

Jackson, who currently plays cornerback for the New York Giants, gave tips for upcoming rookies in a recent interview with Fox News Digital on how to win over the locker room as camps and the season begin to rise.

“Come in and get ready to work. As soon as I was drafted, I texted Deshea Townsend, who was the (defensive backs) coach, and asked for all the (defensive backs’) numbers, and I personally reached out to all of them and told them I’m excited to join them and ready to work with the guys, “Jackson said. “I think it’s the best way to deal with it and do it.

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Adoree 'Jackson of USC poses alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Tennessee Titans during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Adoree ‘Jackson of USC poses alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Tennessee Titans during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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“When you come in as a freshman in college, you come in as a freshman in high school, you try to prove yourself to get on the bus or whatever it may be. You’re really just trying to earn the guys’ respect and I think That the best way to do that is by coming to work every day and being willing to learn because you do not have all the answers.No one has all the answers.So I want to always learn and always try to get better and getting a job every day is the best way to do it. “

Jackson was gathered at an 18th place in the 2017 draft and he told Fox News Digital what he remembers most is that it was “super long” to get from where Myles Garrett became No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns to him going No. 18 to the Titans.

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Adoree 'Jackson of USC visits the SiriusXM NFL Radio talk show after being selected by the Tennessee Titans on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia.

Adoree ‘Jackson of USC visits the SiriusXM NFL Radio talk show after being selected by the Tennessee Titans on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia.
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“I did not know the theater in it. I just wanted in and out. … It was really a long day for me. But the cool thing was that I was around my family, my loved ones. It kept time going, it kept me busy and it kept my mind away all day, “he said.

Jackson said he initially thought he would be elected by Washington and was a little surprised when Titan’s general manager Jon Robinson called him.

“When the phone rang, it was during the election around 15. The next election I think was (Washington) somewhere. And I’m okay, it must be them (but) it was Jon Robinson on the phone,” he said. “I think that was why I was more shocked because I did not know how it went. They called two elections in advance.”

Jackson said he was not shocked by the possibility of joining the Titans because he had visited them, and they told him they were trying to pick up a receiver and a cornerback. Tennessee recorded broadband receiver Corey Davis with No. 5, and 13 picks later went with Jackson.

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“I was not shocked at the time. I was more shocked at how it actually went down,” he told Fox News Digital.

Jackson played four seasons with the Titans. In his rookie year in 2017, he started all 16 fights and had 70 tackles, three forced fumbles and defended 17 passes. He also played in all 16 games the following season, recording career tackles 73 tackles with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 10 defensive passes.

Adoree 'Jackson warms up for the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles game at MetLife Stadium on November 28, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Adoree ‘Jackson warms up for the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles game at MetLife Stadium on November 28, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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He suffered a foot injury at the end of the 2019 season, which caused him to miss the last four games of the regular season. He came back with the Titans for the playoffs and got the defense nine tackles and five passes before the team was eliminated. He only played three games in 2020 due to a knee injury that cost him most of the year.

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In 2021, Tennessee released Jackson, and he signed a three-year deal with the Giants. In his first season in New York, Jackson played in 13 games and had 41 tackles and one interception.

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