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20 Under 25 candidates: J.C. Jackson went from undrafted rookie to starting corner in just six months

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20 Under 25 candidates: J.C. Jackson went from undrafted rookie to starting corner in just six months

It took only about six months. J.C. Jackson went from being undrafted in the spring to starting as a boundary corner opposite Stephon Gilmore. In Week 13, he helped shut down the high-powered Vikings passing game.

At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, Jackson has the size to match up with bigger receivers on the outside and his playing style makes him a good match for receivers who may be susceptible to lapses when their timing is thrown off. Jackson is a physical defensive back, unafraid to use his hands at the line of scrimmage or down the field -- which in his rookie season has made him one of the team's most disruptive corners and one of its most penalized. 

Those sorts of up-and-down results -- four penalties (behind only Gilmore despite playing just 185 snaps) and two picks -- have a chance to shift in a more positive direction as Jackson learns the ropes of the pro game. He clearly has some enticing tools to work with that go well with his size and aggressiveness. 

"He locates the ball as good as anybody I've seen that we've had at corner," Devin McCourty said.

Jackson's road as a collegian helped him go unclaimed in the draft. He was dismissed from the University of Florida in 2015 after being charged with four first-degree felonies stemming from an armed robbery of a home. He was later found not guilty and spent a season at Riverside Community College. He then transferred to Maryland where he earned an All-Conference honorable mention in his second season.

Since landing in New England, he's made the most of his opportunities and has flashed high-end starter potential if he can continue to refine some of his technique. He's already shown he can add significant value to a Patriots defense that values size, ball skills and sticky man-to-man coverage on the outside.

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Fourth-grader builds Tom Brady mosaic out of 999 Rubik's Cubes

Fourth-grader builds Tom Brady mosaic out of 999 Rubik's Cubes

A 10-year-old created an amazing Tom Brady mosaic made up of 999 Rubik's Cubes.

Maxim Lin, a fourth-grader from Massachusetts, accomplished the feat in two months. Lin built the mosaic for Sheehan Elementary School’s STEM fair this week.

Watch Lin build the mosaic below:

Lin hopes he can get Brady to sign his mosaic so that he can sell it and donate the money to his school.

Your move, Tom.

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Here's why Terrell Suggs isn't shocked Tom Brady is playing well into his 40s

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Here's why Terrell Suggs isn't shocked Tom Brady is playing well into his 40s

Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs are two of the elder statesmen in the NFL, and they've had many exciting battles against each other over the years.

Brady's New England Patriots and Suggs' Baltimore Ravens met in the playoffs four times, in addition to a bunch of great regular-season meetings.

Suggs, who recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, was asked Wednesday on FOX Sports 1 show "Undisputed" about Brady's ability to play at a high level despite being 42 years old.

The veteran defensive end has a lot of respect for the Patriots quarterback, but he couldn't resist throwing a little shade at the six-time Super Bowl champion, too. 

Suggs is right, to a degree. The rule changes over the last 15 years or so have made it easier for passing offenses to put up record numbers and for quarterbacks to remain healthier longer.

Brady has benefitted from that, for sure, but there's no question the incredible amount of work and preparation he puts in off the field each week has just as much, if not more to do with his success late in his career. 

Brady will turn 42 years old by the time the 2019 campaign begins, and judging by his play in the playoffs last season, there's no reason to believe his performance will fall from a top-tier level anytime soon.

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