After losing again on Sunday, the New England Patriots are heading to Germany this week to take on the Indianapolis Colts.
Based on a new report on Wednesday, however, at least one key player won't be joining them.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, cornerback J.C. Jackson will not be traveling with the Patriots this week. Instead, the team has decided to have him stay home and get an extended break with their bye week coming up next week.
Jackson has a lot going on right now and clearly isn't in a good headspace. He was benched on Sunday's loss to the Washington Commanders due to his poor performance, and reports have come out about his lack of commitment and reliability during his time with the Los Angeles Chargers. He even refused to play in a game against the Las Vegas Raiders before being traded.
The star cornerback appears to have grown entitled and complacent since signing a massive five-year, $82 million deal with the Chargers after the 2021 campaign. His performance has suffered as a result, as he doesn't seem to be putting in as much time and effort as he used to.
This is all deeply concerning, and yet, Bill Belichick brought him back anyway. Granted, the Patriots needed a corner ASAP after Christian Gonzalez went down with a season-ending injury, but Jackson is clearly not worth the trouble at this point.
If Belichick thought Jackson would cut the crap in New England, he was wrong. The Pats are finding out the hard way that Jackson is a major liability instead of an asset, and now they're the ones stuck with him.
Hopefully some time off can help Jackson get his head straight and get back to being a useful football player again, but that seems unlikely. It's been one bad decision after another for Belichick this season, and reacquiring Jackson is just the latest example of that.
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