Jackson Jeffcoat
No. 94     Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2019 Grey Cup parade, Jackson Jeffcoat.jpg
Jeffcoat at the Blue Bombers 2019 Grey Cup parade
Born: (1990-12-26) December 26, 1990 (age 31)
Dallas, Texas
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive end
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight253 lb (115 kg)
CollegeTexas
High schoolPlano (TX) West
Career history
As player
2014*Seattle Seahawks
20142015Washington Redskins
2016*Cleveland Browns
2017–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2021
CFL West All-Star2021
Career stats
Total tackles106
Sacks26.0
Forced fumbles9
Fumble recoveries0
Interceptions1

Jackson Jeffcoat (born December 26, 1990[1]) is a Canadian football defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Jeffcoat won the 107th Grey Cup when the Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12. He played college football at the University of Texas at Austin as a defensive end. Jeffcoat was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2014, and also played for the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.

Early life

Born in Dallas, Texas, while his father, Jim Jeffcoat, played for the Dallas Cowboys,[2] Jeffcoat attended Plano West Senior High School, where he was a two-time first-team all-state defensive end. Over his final three seasons, he recorded 259 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 56 TFL, 42 pressures, four PBU, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, and a touchdown. He was named a High School All-American by USA Today, Parade, and EA Sports. He was selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jeffcoat was listed as the No. 1 strong-side, defensive end in the class of 2010.[3]

College career

Jeffcoat attended the University of Texas at Austin from 2010 to 2013.

Jeffcoat was named a 2010 Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.[4]

As a senior in 2013, he was a consensus All-American and won the Ted Hendricks Award in recognition of his contributions on the field.[5]

Professional career

2014 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
247 lb
(112 kg)
33+78 9+58 4.63 s 6.97 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[6]

Seattle Seahawks

Jeffcoat was originally predicted to be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. However, neither he nor any other member of the Longhorns team was drafted that year, the first time since 1937 that no Longhorns were drafted.[7] Jeffcoat signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. The Seahawks released him on August 25, 2014.[8]

Jeffcoat with the Washington Redskins in 2015.
Jeffcoat with the Washington Redskins in 2015.

Washington Redskins

On September 2, 2014, Jeffcoat was signed to the practice squad of the Washington Redskins.[9] He was promoted to the active roster on October 7,[10] but was waived three days later. The Redskins re-signed him to their practice squad again on November 13.[11] He was promoted again to the active roster on December 16.[12] In the Week 16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles that removed them from playoff contention, Jeffcoat recorded his first career sack on quarterback Mark Sanchez.[13] The following week, he had his first career start with Trent Murphy on injured reserve and recorded his first career interception, which came off Tony Romo, in the Week 17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.[14]

On November 7, 2015, he was placed on the team's injured reserve.[15] He was waived by the team on April 14, 2016.[16]

Cleveland Browns

Jeffcoat was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on April 15, 2016.[17] On August 1, 2016, Jeffcoat was waived by the Browns.[18]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Jeffcoat was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) on February 21, 2017.[19] In 16 games played, Jeffcoat contributed 36 tackles, 7 sacks, 3 tackles on special teams, one interception, and a forced fumble. In Winnipeg's one postseason game, Jeffcoat had 5 tackles and a sack, but the Blue Bombers were defeated by Edmonton. 2018 saw Jeffcoat miss several games with injury, but he still put up a respectable 21 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Jeffcoat also had a monster postseason, committing four sacks total in two games played, but a loss to Calgary in the Western Division final denied Jeffcoat and the Blue Bombers a trip to the 106th Grey Cup.

Jeffcoat raises the Grey Cup at Winnipeg's 2021 celebration at IG Field.
Jeffcoat raises the Grey Cup at Winnipeg's 2021 celebration at IG Field.

After fulfilling his CFL rookie contract, Jeffcoat was eligible to become a free agent on February 12, 2019. Jeffcoat was pursued by interested NFL teams, and was brought in for a workout by the Cincinnati Bengals.[20] However, Jeffcoat was signed to a two year contract extension with the Blue Bombers on January 21, 2019.[21] Jeffcoat's 2019 season was almost identical to his 2018; he missed time with injury, played in the same number of games, had the same number of sacks and forced fumbles. In the 2019 Grey Cup, Jeffcoat had 4 tackles, 2 sacks and forced a fumble, which he recovered as the Blue Bombers went on to win 33-12.[22]

Jeffcoat signed a one-year contract extension with the Blue Bombers on January 8, 2021.[23]

Statistics

CFL

  Defence
Year Team Games Tackles ST Sacks Int TD FF
2017 WPG 16 36 3 7 1 0 1
2018 WPG 12 21 0 5 0 0 2
2019 WPG 12 23 0 5 0 0 2
2020 WPG Season cancelled
2021 WPG 12 26 0 9 0 0 4
CFL totals 40 106 3 26 1 0 9

References

  1. ^ "Jackson Jeffcoat Stats, News and Video - OLB".
  2. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (June 15, 2014). "Jackson Jeffcoat hoping to follow in his father's footsteps". Seahawks.com. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Strongside defensive ends 2010". Rivals.com. January 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Fagan, Ryan. "SN college football Freshman of the Year: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore". Sporting News. Archived from the original on December 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Texas senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat reflects on tumultuous career
  6. ^ "Jackson Jeffcoat". NFL.
  7. ^ Halliburton, Suzanne (May 10, 2014). No Longhorns selected in draft. Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Seahawks part ways with eight players". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (September 2, 2014). "Redskins sign center Braxston Cave, linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat to practice squad". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  10. ^ Tandler, Rich (October 7, 2014). "Redskins waive two players, promote one". CSNWashington.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Redskins Sign Jackson Jeffcoat To Practice Squad". Redskins.com. November 13, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (December 16, 2014). "Colt McCoy heads to injured reserve". NBCSports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Walker, Andrew (December 20, 2014). "Redskins Drop Eagles 27-24 In FedExField Thriller". Redskins.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  14. ^ Skinnell, Brian (December 28, 2014). "Jeffcoat Seizes Opportunity In First-Career Start". Redskins.com. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "11/7: Roster Moves And Injury Report Update". Redskins.com. November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Redskins waive linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat". Washington Post. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Jackson, Zac (April 15, 2016). "Browns claim Jackson Jeffcoat". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  18. ^ Alper, Josh (August 2016). "Browns churn roster by adding two players and waiving two others".
  19. ^ "Bombers add players to training camp roster". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  20. ^ "Bengals hosted 5 CFL players on tryouts". December 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "Bombers sign Jeffcoat to two-year extension - TSN.ca". January 21, 2019.
  22. ^ "Box Score". CFL.
  23. ^ "Blue Bombers agree to terms with defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat on a one-year extension". BlueBombers.com. January 8, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.