Rookie Reaction: Q&A with NT Rashaad Jackson
NT Rashaad Jackson (Kevin Terrell/Getty)
NT Rashaad Jackson (Kevin Terrell/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted May 29, 2009


NT Rashaad Jackson is the latest rookie to go one-on-one with SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler. Hear from Jackson about coping with ADD, partaking in Mini Camp and improving his strength and speed.

To read Part II of this interview -- where Jackson talks about fitting into the 3-4 defense, overcoming knee injuries and learning from Jamal Williams -- click here.

Michael Kranzler: You were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in high school, which made academic work more difficult. How did you adapt while in college?

Rashaad Jackson: I just needed to understand the circumstances and make it work for myself. Regardless of the situation I was in, I was having some difficulty, but at the same time I made sure to continue to work hard and focus on what I needed to take care of.

MK: Do you feel like you are at a disadvantage at all when it comes to learning a new defensive scheme?


NT Rashaad Jackson
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RJ: No, not really. It's more of a big issue of making sure you stay on top of everything and pay attention to what things are going on around you.

MK: What is your biggest strength as a nose tackle?

RJ: Quickness and understanding the scheme with the Chargers defense, and even with the offense. Basically, just understanding the game so I'm able to pick up on things quickly.

MK: What do you feel you need to work on the most in order to be successful at the next level?

RJ: My strength, my speed as well, and also just getting more knowledge of the game.

MK: Was there anything about your first Mini Camp that you weren't expecting?

RJ: I wasn't really surprised by anything. I expected the scheme to be like what I had heard and had seen, and the players as well. There are some great players out there, so there was really nothing that I didn't hear about or even talk to others about. It was a great position for me and I feel like I did pretty good, so there was nothing that I didn't expect.

MK: Is there anything you want to say to Charger fans, or that you would like them to know about you?

RJ: Just expect to see me work as hard as I can and do the best that I can. I will do anything I can to help improve this team.

To read Part II of this interview -- where Jackson talks about fitting into the 3-4 defense, overcoming knee injuries and learning from Jamal Williams -- click here.



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