Loser No. 2
Donte Jackson - Carolina Panthers CB
Donte Jackson put together a decent enough start to the season over the first two games. Sadly for the cornerback and the Carolina Panthers, this came crashing to a halt on Sunday at Lumen Field.
The Panthers were counting on Jackson more than ever with C.J. Henderson going out of the lineup. It was a task he was unable to accomplish effectively, which stemmed from indifferent run support and getting burned in coverage on more than one occasion.
This has been a familiar tale for Jackson in recent years. Fans continue to question the decision to give him a bumper new contract extension over All-Pro corner Stephon Gilmore, who is currently thriving with the Dallas Cowboys despite his advancing years.
Jackson just couldn't string any sort of coverage consistency together, which simply cannot continue moving forward. The Panthers are already without Jaycee Horn and the prospect of Henderson missing time cannot be dismissed, which makes him Carolina's undisputed No. 1 option at the position until further notice.
The thought of Jackson and Troy Hill going up against Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, K.J. Osborn, and rookie Jordan Addison next weekend versus the Minnesota Vikings is a daunting one. But the Panthers and defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero somehow have to make the best of a bad situation.