What more can be said about Nate Jackson that he hasn’t already written about himself?
Yes, that’s a cop-out of an opening to this blog entry. So if you want to read his first-person thoughts on the experience of playing for the Broncos this year, click here.
On the field, Jackson saw dividends from his conversion to tight end for the first time after hamstring problems wrecked his 2005 campaign; he played in each of the season’s final nine games after making his 2006 debut against Cleveland on Oct. 22.
Three of Jackson’s five receptions this year came at Oakland — including a 24-yard snag that set up Kyle Johnson’s game-winning touchdown.
Proving he can provide more receptions — especially since Jay Cutler showed a proclivity for locating tight ends during his five games as starter — could be key for Jackson to extending his Broncos tenure into a fifth season.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Now has 13 catches for 122 yards in his career … Is the longest-tenured tight end on the Broncos’ roster, although his first two seasons with the club came at wide receiver — one of which saw him on the practice squad for almost an entire campaign (2003).
NEXT: Fullback Kyle Johnson.