SANTA CLARA – Defensive end Drake Jackson recorded three sacks in the 49ers’ Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The appearance was an eye-opener for Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons, who had some catchy words about Jackson on his podcast.
“That was great,” Jackson said Wednesday. “Credit to Micah Parsons, man. It’s a really good tribute, especially from one of the most prolific pass rushers in the league.”
Jackson said he didn’t really know Parsons, so the praise surprised him.
“Yeah, it happened because (he’s) a guy from a different team, and just seeing that they care about the league, that’s really cool,” Jackson said.
On his podcast “The Edge with Micah Parsons,” the 2022 NFL Defensive Player of the Year runner-up highlighted Jackson after the 49ers’ 30-7 win at Pittsburgh.
“The guy no one talks about. Drake Jackson,” Parsons said. “He had three sacks. Why isn’t anyone talking about Drake Jackson?
“So, don’t let these guys get out in the sun because (Jackson) is surrounded by guys like Nick Bosa and Fred Warner and the guys love that because they’re with such a great team. I think he’s a guy.” “I have to look for him.”
If the regular season opener is any indication, the entire NFL needs to pay attention to Jackson.
And it started with Jackson’s first snap of the game, when he used a third-and-five play to replace starting defensive tackle Clelin Ferrell. The second-year pro threw to Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett for a 10-yard loss.
“The first third is broken, it’s crazy,” Jackson said. “But we try to do it every time. If it happens the first time, the stage is set for everything that comes after.”
What followed next were two more sacks, matching Jackson’s season total while he appeared in 15 games in his rookie year.
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Could this be a sign of things to come for Jackson? Jackson spent all of his offseason training at the 49ers’ facility gaining weight and building strength for the rigors of the NFL season.
“I hope that shows,” Jackson said. “I just do what I can. Hopefully there will be more of this.”