Texans anticipate exciting matchup against NFL interceptions leader J.C. Jackson


HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- When Will Fuller lines up against Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson on Sunday, it will be a familiar matchup.

Jackson followed Fuller around last season when the Texans beat the Patriots at NRG Stadium.

But a lot has changed since then.

Fuller was the Texans' No. 2 wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, who of course is now with the Arizona Cardinals.

Jackson has emerged as the NFL interceptions leader with six through nine weeks.

"I love his game," Fuller said Friday during a virtual press conference. "He was following me last year. A great competitor. He’s going to get up and press me. It’s going to be a good battle. I’m looking forward to it.”

Deshaun Watson will be mindful of Jackson, too. Watson is having arguably the best season of his career, and hasn't thrown an interception in the last four games. By contrast, Jackson has an interception in his last five games.

“A very athletic guy that loves to challenge the receivers," Watson said when asked about Jackson. "He’s been playing a lot of good football and creating turnovers for New England. A guy whose confidence has grown over the years. He’s definitely playing some of his best ball for sure.”