This content has been translated by bestmembers
Corner Jerry Jacobs was one of the best stories for the 2021 Detroit Lions. After tailing Jeff Okuda throughout training camp – hoping to learn from the first-round pick – Jacobs, a non-selected prospect, managed to make the 53-man roster. Not only that, but when injuries hit the minor Lions, Jacobs eventually jumped into the starting position and held his own. Jacobs posted a coverage estimate of 66.7 PFF, the fourth best among NFL rookie defensemen with at least 200 shots.
Unfortunately, however, Jacobs suffered an ACL tear in a Week 14 game against Denver Broncosending his rookie season early and potentially threatening his ability to be ready for his second year.
During this year’s off-season training and mini-camp, Jacobs was present but did not participate. He appears to have moved fairly well, and promised in May that he would “be back sooner than you think.”
Defensive coach Aubrey Pleasant did not give an exact date, but also hinted that Jacobs is progressing ahead of schedule.
“He is in a very good place. And again small victories,” Pleasant said during the minicamp. “I like to say he’s one step ahead now.”
Now we may have a real timetable for Jacobs’ return.
On Friday, Jacobs posted an Instagram story from the Lions facility, pointing the camera at his knee. Signature:
“I’m on them, ahh. Just one month.”
If Jacobs is indeed talking about his return from injury – and it’s probably safe to assume he is – that means he’s on track to return just in time for training camp, which is expected to start at the end of July. Of course, Jacobs still needs time to get back into shape, so it’s possible he’ll start training camp on the disabled list (puppy), but he’s eligible to come off the injured list and train as soon as he’s ready. .
Jacobs is one of many players who will struggle with injury in hopes of returning to training camp. Fellow quarterback Jeff Okuda, who is recovering from an Achilles rupture, looks ready for camp after part-time participation in off-season training. Romeo Okvara (torn Achilles), Jameson Williams (ACL) and James Mitchell (ACL) appear a little further.