New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Jun 14, 2022; Costa Mesa, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) during minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

During his career with the Patriots, cornerback J.C. Jackson was never afraid to be confident and vocal. It doesn’t appear much has changed since he left.

Jackson was signed by the Patriots as a UDFA in 2018. In his four years in New England he grew into one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, culminating in an All-Pro nod in 2021. However, the team did not bring him back when his rookie deal expired last spring, and he ended up signing with the Los Angeles Chargers.

  • As part of last week’s NFL schedule release, it was announced that the Chargers will be playing the Patriots in Foxborough in Week 13, on Dec. 3. That will be Jackson’s first game back at Gillette Stadium since leaving as a free agent – and he’s looking forward to it.

    “It’s a revenge game for me,” Jackson told NFL Network. “I’m excited to go back and pick Mac Jones off and show them why they should’ve never let me go.”

  • Overall, 2023 has the potential to be a bounce-back year for Jackson. After signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract last spring he struggled over the first five games of the season in LA, allowing 16 catches on 24 targets for 334 yards and four touchdowns with two pass breakups and no interceptions. His season then ended in early October when he suffered a ruptured patellar tendon.

    The Patriots will be looking to extend a six-game head-to-head winning streak against the Chargers, who haven’t beaten the Pats since 2008. The franchise’s last win in Foxborough came when they were still the San Diego Chargers, back in 2005.

    For a look at the Patriots’ full 2023 schedule, click here.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

Sign me up for the 98.5 The Sports Hub email newsletter!

Get the latest Boston sports news and analysis, plus exclusive on-demand content and special giveaways from Boston's Home for Sports, 98.5 The Sports Hub.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.