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Jaguars DT Malik Jackson looking forward to Denver reunion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive tackle Malik Jackson has been looking forward to Sunday’s game against Denver ever since he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent last March.

It will be his first chance to reunite with the teammates with whom he won the Super Bowl, but it also will be a chance for him to show that he’s just as good a player without Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware beside and behind him.

"This is the game," Jackson said. "When I first signed here, I realized we were playing Denver this year and I just looked forward to it, the old team, to show those guys who I am on another team.

"It's a big game for me for a lot of reasons, but like I said, I can't let the moment get too big and be selfish and do things out of my character outside the defense."

Jackson has exceeded the Jaguars’ expectations. He has 24 tackles and 4.5 sacks this season, which is just 1.5 sacks shy of the career high he had in 2013. He is coming off one of the best games of his career: two sacks and five tackles against Buffalo.

Jackson pulled out a dance -- in which he mimes styling his hair back -- after each of those sacks. He didn’t get positive feedback from one of his former teammates.

"Von [Miller] hit me up after I had the two sacks in the game and said my dance was ugly," Jackson said.

Jackson said he has stayed in contact pretty regularly with Miller and several other players, including linebacker Brandon Marshall. Miller said he’s glad to see Jackson playing so well with the Jaguars.

"That’s my dog," Miller said. "We kicked it all the time.

"It is great [to see Jackson have success]. I have seen it in practice. I already know what he is capable of, so it doesn’t surprise me."

Jackson knew there were people -- mainly those outside the organization -- wondering if he’d be as successful in Jacksonville as he was in Denver without Miller and Ware. He seems to have answered the question. Jackson is second on the Jaguars in sacks, tied for the lead with 11 quarterback hurries and second on the team with seven tackles for loss.

"One of the things I wanted to see if I could do when I came here is be able to be productive without Von and D-Ware and the guys behind me," Jackson said. "So far, so good. We still have a few more games to go and I know I can get better. That's what it is. Right now it's looking good, but we can always get better."