McDermott on Dane Jackson’s outing against Bucs: ‘He answered that challenge’

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WHEC) — Down in Tampa Bay, a lot of eyes were on the Bills’ second-year Cornerback Dane Jackson. Though he was on the field against the Patriots, going up against the top offense was his first big test. One could say he passed it.

Last year’s 7th rounder defended two passes in the 4th quarter, one against Rob Gronkowski. It comes a game after he had his first against New England.

Jackson also finished the game with seven tackles, a season-high, and played every defensive snap for the second consecutive game.

With Tre’Davious White out, it’s a sign of what you can expect to see down the stretch. According to Sean McDermott, he took a big step forward.

“He really competed,” McDermott said. “He really did. The run game, tackling extremely well in terms of the run of the edge there and he had some passes that he was one-on-one in some situations. I thought he was in really good position. Great position, in fact, and made some plays on the ball. Made another one down there in the fourth quarter. They tested him on the far sideline, I believe, and he answered that challenge. I’m real proud of him to this point.”

Jackson and Bills return home to face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m.