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“Back-Up of the Game” is inside linebacker Edwin Jackson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 20, 2016 – 4:38 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is inside linebacker Edwin Jackson.

The days of Jackson taking home this honor might be coming to an end.

It’s not because of Jackson’s play.

The 2015 undrafted free agent appears to have secured the vacant starting linebacker spot next to D’Qwell Jackson.

On Sunday, the younger Jackson had five tackles, a sack and still filled his duties on special teams (with a tackle on that unit, too).

The sack for Jackson came on a play when he was in coverage, but came up to get the elusive Marcus Mariota on the ground.

In total, the Colts had a season-high five sacks on Sunday (the Titans had given up just 13 sacks in their first 10 games of the season). This one from Jackson came on the final drive for the Titans.

“That D-line, they were getting him out of the pocket,” Jackson said in describing his sacks. “I’ve got to say thanks to the D-line — they were busting their butts up front and making Mariota feel pressure to get out, and back deep he had nowhere to throw it, so he had to get out of there. And I was just on the back side in the zone just doing my job and making sure that he doesn’t bust loose and get more yards. So it was a team effort: it started up front, they held it down in the back with the coverage, and I was just in my zone handling my work, so we all contributed to the team effort.”

The win was a team effort as well, and Jackson figures to be a big part of that down the stretch.

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. The Colts defeated the Titans 24-17. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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