The second-year player was one of two people killed in a car accident, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana State Police tell the Star they suspect Jackson was hit by a drunk driver.

“Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon were standing near a stopped vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them both,” police said.

Jackson was signed to the Colts’ practice squad late in 2015 and played with the team in 2016, recording 66 tackles and playing in all 16 games. He was placed on injured reserve in 2017.

If the league is guilty of anything, it’s allowing Patriots paranoia to permeate each year. Last week, there was the accidental NFL Facebook post that showed the Patriots and Vikings in the Super Bowl. Concepts such as “rigged” and “WWE” have been attached to the Patriots; the NFL villain that just won’t die. Goodell hasn’t done anything to stop the controversy, and the more the NFL becomes like pro wrestling, the less popular it will be with its football-first fans.

I watched Sunday’s game looking for flags and came up with two conclusions. One, it’s no way to watch a football game. Two, other than a third-and-9 pass to Marcedes Lewis, on which the Pats might have gotten away with a defensive holding on a 50-50 call, there’s not enough to block out what really happened.

Butler was a fixture in the secondary of a Patriots defense that improved as the season progressed but still was vulnerable through the air. He didn’t play a defensive snap in New England’s 42-33 loss to the Eagles.

Pederson, the former longtime backup quarterback to Brett Favre in Green Bay, was the perfect mentor for Foles. The QB topped his 352-yard, three-TD performance against the Vikings with 373 yards and three touchdowns against the Pats, along with a TD catch on a daring fourth-and-2 call at the end of the first half. Pederson also showed his gutsy nature with the fourth-and-1 conversion on a Foles-to-Ertz pass from the Eagles’ 45 in the fourth quarter after the Patriots had pulled ahead 33-32.

Those fourth-down gambles are emblematic of Pederson’s fearlessness and creativity as a coach, qualities that make players want to play for him. Plus he’s a true players’ coach who is likable.bills_035

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