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Ex-Patriots Draft Bust Chad Jackson Seeks Redemption With The Bills

There’s an assumption when an elite organization such as the New England Patriots misfires on a high draft choice that it must be the player’s fault and Chad Jackson carries that stigma, a 36th overall selection the Patriots dumped after two seasons and 14 games. Jackson knows he’s running out of chances and appears to be an underdog to make the Buffalo Bills’ roster. Head coach Chan Gailey said he intends to keep five receivers so Jackson, who didn’t play a down anywhere last year, might need somebody else to get hurt.

“I got a lot to prove around the league,” Jackson said. “I was a high draft pick, and coming out I had a lot of disappointments. Right now, I’m just trying to make up for it.” When the Patriots cut him in August 2008, there was a belief Jackson wasn’t willing to put in the time necessary to be great — whether it was through rehab, learning the playbook or film study. If Gailey sticks with his plan of keeping five receivers, then Jackson could be in trouble but he feels he can make an impression and stick around. “The wide receiver position is open,” Jackson said. “I can come in here and get a starting spot, No. 2 or No. 3 spot. I got a lot of opportunity here ahead of me. I think I’ve made a good impression. I’m not gone right now, so I must be doing something good.”

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