Giants’ Adoree’ Jackson assumes leadership role, talks new coaching staff and Super Bowl goal

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There’s excitement in the air as the calendar shifts from July to August. The drinks taste colder, the sun is brighter, and the grass smells better – much better than what emanates from the New Jersey Turnpike.

The NFL regular season is almost here.

The New York Giants were among 32 teams to kick off training camp for the grueling 18-week season. Even in the scorching sun, fans were out in force at the Quest Diagnostics Giants Training Center adjacent to MetLife Stadium.

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Adoree’ Jackson of the New York Giants warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on November 28, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Giants are looking not only to win more than six games, but also to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The team is back with a new front office led by Joe Schoen and a new coaching staff led by Brian Daboll. and anchored by Mike Kafka and Don “Wink” Martindale.

Adoree’ Jackson is going to be a key part of the Giants defense. He may only be 26, but he will be seen as the veteran who will provide the leadership needed to get the team back on track. Darnay Holmes enters his third season, Aaron Robinson and Rodarius Williams enter their second season.

Jackson told Fox News Digital from inside the team’s practice bubble that he tries to instill some of his wisdom so his teammates don’t make the same mistakes he did.

“I think that’s my role, just trying to help. And it’s crazy that someone says to me, ‘I remember watching you in college’ and I’m like, ‘Fuck, Am I that old?” Jackson said with a smile. “That’s cool, so I guess just try not to be like a big brother, just like a cousin. You still have your favorite cousin and I try to be that for them, so I can help them as much as possible if they want people to come to me the way they feel. That’s how I try to ride, to try to lead by example day after day.

Directing isn’t just something Jackson talks about. He shows it on and off the pitch.

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Adoree' Jackson of the New York Giants reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium on November 7, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Adoree’ Jackson of the New York Giants reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium on November 7, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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As temperatures started to hit the 90s with no clouds in sight, Jackson made sure to get his reps in. He faced wide receivers one-on-one to practice defending all types of routes. In 11-on-11 drills, Jackson took on Kenny Golladay – who is set to break out after a disappointing 2021 season. Golladay caught a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones on Jackson.

Golladay and Jackson also went one-on-one, with the wide receiver getting the better of the veteran cornerback as well.

Asked about the battles, Jackson smiled.

“Me and KG, shoot, everybody fight. That’s the fun,” he said. “I’m going to make plays, they’re going to make plays. At the end of the day, it’s competition. Iron sharpens iron, so I appreciate that a lot, especially those one-on-ones that we do.”

With Martindale as the new defensive coordinator, Jackson needs to make sure he gets up early to practice and get on the books to study defensive patterns. He told Fox News Digital that he always thinks about what he could have done better in practice and works to fix it.

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“Man, it’s often crazy. Even when we go to do our walkthroughs and stuff, I’ll see [the] planning, and I’m like, ‘Oh, this reading, this piece’, and I’ll still remember (Darius) Slayton, this route, this is what he did or, oh man, I probably could have do better . It’s always me thinking about it or watching the movie,” he said.

“Eli (Manning) came here yesterday and said if you don’t do something today you won’t improve. It’s impossible to stay the same, you either get worse or you get better and try to understand the things that have worked for me.”

New York Giants cornerback Adoree 'Jackson is brought down during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, August 22, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio.

New York Giants cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson is brought down during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, August 22, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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It’s hard not to notice how upbeat the workout was.

The coaches raved about the players as the competition was fierce on the pitch. When asked if it was the new coaches roaming the sideline that made things more hopeful, Jackson said they weren’t the only ones making things more electric.

“They’ve been out there cheering and going crazy,” he said. “It pumps you up. You’ve got the music playing, you’ve got the fans. Especially with the coaches, you start with them too, man – the trash talk. I love it. Like you’re doing a play, OK whatever. They make a play, whatever, and we just go back and forth. The coaching staff, them that have their swagger… you just feel it. It’s nice to have.

Jackson signed a three-year contract to join the Giants before the start of the 2021 season after spending the first part of his career with the Tennessee Titans.

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He said heritage and tradition drew him to one of the NFL’s oldest franchises.

“I feel like it’s mecca or the place to be. It’s really about tradition at the end of the day,” he told Fox News Digital. “As a kid growing up and watching football, all you heard was the Giants or the Patriots or the Cowboys, Philly. It was almost a given. It was one of those things, like it’s just different, feel at home.”

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards, right, can't catch a pass in the end zone as New York Giants cornerback Adoree 'Jackson defends at MetLife Stadium, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards, right, can’t catch a pass in the end zone as New York Giants cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson defends at MetLife Stadium, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Surrounding Jackson inside the field house were some of the names of big giants who played in the same high school as the former USC standout and helped the team win four Super Bowl titles , including Corey Webster, Sam Madison, Myron Guyton, among others.

The team may be a far cry from the 2011 team that won the organization’s last Super Bowl, but Jackson said to get back there the team had to play together.

“It’s going to take collective buy-in from us, doing the little things and having a purpose and a band and a sound, like a drum line,” he said. “Nobody is bigger than the team. The strongest link, the weakest link, will all be the same. We just want to improve [at] the end of the day. I think that’s what it will take. Hold each other accountable, be a unit and push each other day in and day out.”

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Jackson is coming off 13 games for the Giants in his first season with them. He had 62 tackles, eight passes defended and one interception.