According to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger the Giants will be cutting their sixth round pick from this year, cornerback Bennett Jackson:
Bennett Jackson has been released, per league source. #nyg
— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) August 30, 2014
I am a little surprised to see Jackson get cut, considering he was a draft pick and Giants GM, Jerry Reese, is usually hesitant to cut his picks. However, cornerback is one of, if not the deepest position for the GMEN. It probably came down to a numbers game and the Giants feel like they need more flexibility at other positions.
Bennett Jackson had an up-and-down pre-season, as many rookies tend to do, but I really liked that he showcased some physicality in their last game against the New England Patriots. Here is how I graded the Giants draft choice of Jackson in May:
It is hard to kill a 6th round selection when it’s basically a crapshoot at this point in the draft, so my grade here signifies that. Jackson has very nice size/speed combo (6’0,195lbs, 4.40 40-yard dash) and performed very well in the combine drills. He is a converted wide receiver, so his hands are also good. He should be able to contribute instantly on special teams and has upside to be a quality starting cornerback in a league that is increasingly looking for taller corners.
Jackson, from nearby Hazlet, NJ will be eligible for the Giants practice squad if he clears waivers.