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Historical perspective on J.C. Jackson's career INT total is wild

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As the Patriots faced former top cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Sunday, J.C. Jackson reminded fans why New England's secondary is in good hands.

The Patriots cornerback tallied two interceptions against Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold in their Week 9 matchup, including an 88-yard pick-six in the third quarter that helped New England cruise to a 24-6 win.

Jackson now has a team-high five interceptions on the season and 22 picks through just three-plus years in the NFL.

Is that good, you ask? Consider this historical context:

  • Jackson's 22 career interceptions are tied with Hall of Fame cornerback Mike Haynes for the most by any Patriots player through four seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info. So, if Jackson gets one pick in his next eight games, he'll break Haynes' record.
  • Jackson leads the NFL in interceptions since he entered the league in 2018, two ahead of first-team All-Pro Xavien Howard.
  • Jackson's 22 picks are tied with Asante Samuel for 11th-most in Patriots franchise history. Devin McCourty is the team's active leader in interceptions with 29 -- in 12 NFL seasons.

Translation: Jackson's "Mr. Int" nickname is well-deserved.

Jackson is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and if he continues his ball-hawking ways, he could be in line for a nice payday.