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Avoiding Terrell Suggs was scariest hurdle for Adoree' Jackson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Avoid 55 in white, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. It was the only thing running through Adoree' Jackson's mind as he stood in the backfield waiting for his first NFL carry.

The rookie cornerback was a little nervous. The Tennessee Titans had practiced the play several times, but Jackson just received the heads-up on Sunday that his play would run during the Titans' first drive.

It started shakily as he bobbled the handoff. The reason? Jackson's eyes searched for the feared Ravens defender as he switched the ball to his opposite hand immediately so Suggs couldn't knock it out.

"Everybody on defense said, 'Watch out for Terrell Suggs, don't let him body slam you,'" said an enthusiastic Jackson.

Luckily for Jackson, the Titans' offensive line had his back. Taylor Lewan sealed off Suggs to Jackson's left. Josh Kline, Ben Jones, Brian Schwenke and DeMarco Murray provided solid blocks up the middle, giving Jackson plenty of daylight for his 20-yard rush.

Titans defenders on the sideline went wild celebrating one of their own contributing on offense. They later joked that he should've scored. Ravens safety Eric Weddle saved a touchdown with a shoestring tackle.

Contributing in all three phases took Jackson back to his college days at USC. His last rush, another successful run for 17 yards, came nearly a year ago against UCLA. He joked with his opponent that day -- and current teammate, linebacker Jayon Brown -- days before the game.

"Remember when I ran y'all over," Jackson recalled to Brown.

This new wrinkle will give defenses more to scheme against and the Titans will work on different ways to get Jackson involved in the offense. Jackson, who also played receiver at USC, was one of the 2017 NFL draft's best pure playmakers regardless of position.

"He's an explosive player," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "Doesn't mean he's getting the ball just because he's in the game. We had a play for him."

Jackson's strong play on defense -- he had a career-high eight tackles and a good coverage day, including a leaping pass breakup Sunday -- recently has given the Titans more confidence that he can handle the pressures of defensive, return and small offensive responsibilities. Jackson hopes the success of Sunday's run leads to more offensive opportunities for him.

"If not, I'm good with a 20-yard average," Jackson said.