William Jackson III Agreed contract terms with Tennessee Titans

At rookie minicamp, William Jackson III is trying out for the Titans; the roster now includes 16 undrafted free agents.

At this weekend’s rookie minicamp, a former first-round pick is making an attempt to sign with the Titans.

William Jackson III, a cornerback, is reportedly putting in a bid to sign a deal with the Titans. Jackson was selected by the Bengals with the 24th overall choice in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he played with the organization for five years until joining the Commanders. In November 2022, Jackson was dealt by Washington to the Steelers, although an injury kept him from ever playing for the team.

Over his career, Jackson has accumulated 205 tackles, five interceptions, 51 passes defensed, and one sack.

The Titans also declared that 16 undrafted free agents have reached agreements with them. N.C. State’s Brayden Narveson, Tennessee’s Jabari Small, Washington’s Dillon Johnson, Youngstown State’s Bryce Oliver, Northern Iowa’s Sam Schnee, Iowa’s Steven Stilianos, Temple’s David Martin-Robinson, Liberty’s X’Zauvea Gadlin, Eastern Michigan’s Brian Dooley, Texas Tech’s Cole Spencer, Penn State’s Keaton Ellis, Tennessee’s Gabe Jeudy-Lally, Towson State’s Robert Javier, Western Carolina’s Rod Gattison, Kansas State’s Khalid Duke, and Rutgers’ Isaiah Iton are among them.

Bengals sign DT McKinnley Jackson, four other draft picks

The Bengals signed half their draft class on Friday.

The team announced that they have signed third-round defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson, fifth-round cornerback Josh Newton, sixth-round tight end Tanner McLachlan, seventh-round safety Daijahn Anthony, and seventh-round center Matt Lee. Five other picks, including first-rounder Amarius Mims, remain unsigned.

Jackson had 27 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for Texas A&M last season. He was selected a round behind defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, so the Bengals made a big step toward getting younger on the defensive front.

Newton started all 27 games he played at TCU the last two years and Anthony, who played at Ole Miss, was the only other draft pick in the secondary. McLachlan caught six touchdowns for Arizona over the last two seasons and Lee started every game after transferring to Miami in 2023.

Rocky Lombardi, a quarterback, is one of the Bengals’ undrafted free agents.
A new Lombardi will be playing for the Bengals this offseason as they aim to win the Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the 2024 campaign.

One of the 14 undrafted free agents who signed contracts with the organization on Friday is quarterback Rocky Lombardi. Before moving to Northern Illinois and playing for three years, Lombardi attended Michigan State for three years. In 2023, he completed 2,274 yards of passing with 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

In Cincinnati, Lombardi is now listed among Joe Burrow, Jake Browning, and Logan Woodside as a quarterback.

Additionally, the Bengals added defensive end Justin Blazek from Wisconsin-Platteville, wide receiver Cole Burgess from SUNY Cortland, running back Noah Cain from LSU, linebacker Aaron Casey from Indiana, running back Elijah Collins from Oklahoma State, and safety from Miami of Ohio. Michael Dowell, Texas Tech punter Austin McNamara, Louisville tackle Eric Miller, Illinois State tight end Cam Grandy, Southern Illinois safety PJ Jules, Wisconsin linebacker Maema Njongmeta, Michigan State wide receiver Tre Mosley, and Tulane cornerback Lance Robinson.

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