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Texans CB Jackson making strides in Year Two

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By Arthur Arkush

It's no secret that Texans RCB Johnathan Joseph, arguably the league's best offseason acquisition, is playing at a Pro Bowl level. But Joseph's running mate, CB Kareem Jackson, quietly has made steady improvement after a turbulent rookie campaign. Head coach Gary Kubiak awarded Jackson with the game ball following Houston's impressive Week 13 victory over the Falcons. Jackson recorded a pick, as well as breaking up a potential game-tying TD on the game's final play. On the interception, Jackson showed the awareness to leave his man after FS Danieal Manning made the wrong read, jetting to the middle of the field to pick off Falcons QB Matt Ryan's badly underthrown ball. Word is Jackson has benefited greatly from the tutelage of new DBs coach Vance Joseph. Meanwhile, veteran Jason Allen, who rotates in for Jackson roughly every third series, has notched seven interceptions in only 19 games with the club. It has been a dramatic turnaround for arguably the league's worst secondary a season ago.

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