Drake Jackson is a New England Patriot, with the former Kentucky standout set to join the team’s practice squad.
PFF’s Doug Kyed was the first to report the news Tuesday.
After going undrafted in May, the first-year center signed a deal with the Detroit Lions and stayed with the team through August. He was then waived and claimed by the Houston Texans before being released just two weeks later.
David Andrews is New England’s starting center, with Ted Karras – who also plays left guard – backing him up. The former signed a four-year, $19 million deal with the team this past offseason, while the latter is playing on a one-year deal.
Jackson played in 47 career games with 44 consecutive starts at center, helping the Wildcats win 37 total games, the most in a five-season span since 1949-53. He also helped UK go to five straight bowl games – tied for the school record – along with leading the team to 20 SEC victories, the most in a five-year span in school history.
With Jackson at center, Kentucky posted its first 10-win season and winning SEC record since 1977 and first final ranking since 1984 (2018 season), along with taking home Citrus Bowl, Belk Bowl and Gator Bowl victories.