The 30-year-old Jackson caught two passes for 20 yards in the win, but has just nine catches for 143 yards and a touchdown in three games so far this season. Jackson currently has 100 fewer receiving yards through three games than he did with the Redskins last season. He signed a three-year, $33.5 million deal in the offseason.
“[It’s] definitely hard, feeling like being a veteran in this league 10 years. … But I’m not gonna abort ship,” Jackson said. “I’ll stay on course, stay on plan. Eventually it will come together. We just gotta continue to go out there and keep beating, beating away and [doing] the things you need to do to get better.”
Things have not yet clicked for the former Redskins receiver, but he expects it will get going soon with his young quarterback.
“He’s not afraid to lose. Like really good basketball players who wants the ball in their hand at the end of the game, he’s a guy that wants it and he will do everything he can to try to get that ball into the end zone.
“The other thing is teammates, without question, respond to him because of the way he approaches it – ‘Hey, we’re going to get this thing done.’ They all feel that; it’s kind of a trickle-down effect.”
Stafford, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, set a single-season record last year by leading eight winning drives in the fourth quarter as the Lions went 9-7 and made the playoffs.
Kingsbury: “[The two throws] were as perfect as you could get.”
The Crimson Tide weren’t done, however. McCarron found Cooper for a 54-yard touchdown on the next drive to close to within 29-24, and the defense finally began to corral Manziel. By the time McCarron found Kenny Bell for a 54-yard gain to the Aggies’ 6, there were just more than four minutes to go and only 18 feet separating Alabama from taking the lead.