One interception return for a touchdown wasn’t enough for Mike Pettine’s defense on Thursday night. After Tramon Williams took the first play of the game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers to the house for a pick-six, one of his rookie proteges got into the act two quarters later.
Josh Jackson, the cornerback with the best ball skills in the 2018 NFL Draft, fell to the Green Bay Packers in the second round, and Brian Gutekunst made him the 45th overall pick of the draft. Jackson played primarily in zone coverage for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but has been drawing praise for his ability to play multiple positions and to learn man coverage concepts in training camp.
He put those coverage and ball skills to good use in the third quarter against Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs. Playing on the right side of the defense, Jackson baited Dobbs into a pass along the sideline and cashed in with a pick-six of his own:
Josh Jackson a PFF college grading stud. Pick six here! pic.twitter.com/dWO11dUGSU— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) August 17, 2018
The score put the Packers up 41-14. Each team has scored a touchdown since this play, with the Packers getting an 82-yard score from DeShone Kizer to Jake Kumerow to make the score 48-22.