When defensive tackle Jervonte Jackson signed with the Eagles as a rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL draft, he was excited not only at the prospect of playing for an NFL team, but also for the opportunity to suit up on the same team as his older brother, center Jamaal Jackson.
However, after a sequence of events, Jervonte Jackson will be lining up across the ball from his older brother tonight when the Eagles welcome the Jaguars to Lincoln Financial Field.
After spending the beginning of training camp with the Eagles, the team released Jackson when they signed defensive end Jason Babin. Jackson was still looking for a job until yesterday, August 26th, when he was signed by the Jaguars.
There is a good chance that the Jackson brothers will indeed be facemask-to-facemask at some point during the third preseason game. Head coach Andy Reid said the starters, Jamaal Jackson included, will likely play the first three quarters of tonight's game. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are playing their third game in 11 days, and Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio has said he will rotate players throughout the game.
So, ironically, at some point in the second or third quarter, the brothers Jackson will likely battle in the trenches in the city of brotherly love.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:29 p.m., August 27