Each week, blogger Matt Vensel fires a few questions at rookie cornerback and kick returner Asa Jackson. The Ravens’ fifth-round pick in April’s draft, Jackson is a Sacramento native who played his college ball at Cal Poly.
MV: What was your reaction when you found out last week that you officially made the 53-man roster?
AJ: I was relieved, but at the same time, it’s just a new start for the rest of the season and basically the rest of my life. This is something that I have looked forward to and have been working toward for a real long time and I was happy to officially accomplish it.
MV: Now that you know, are you starting to get settled in here in Baltimore? Have you found a house?
AJ: Yeah, I found a place to live. I’m thinking about buying a car. Doing all those things to get settled into the area. And it feels good, it feels real good, to finally have a new home.
MV: Do you think you’re going to be active Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, and if not, is that something you’re going to have to be patient with, bidding your time until you get to play?
AJ: Sitting out, I’ve never experienced that before. Through high school, I started for a long time. In college, I started every game since I got there as a freshman. So I’ve never had to deal with that. It will be an adjustment. I don’t know how much I’m really going to play. But I’m going to be ready. I’m still going to prepare every week like I’m going to go in there and be that starting guy, even though that may not be the case.
MV: A year ago, you were starting your final season at Div. I-AA Cal Poly. Now on Monday night, you’re going to be running out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium for “Monday Night Football” against the Cincinnati Bengals, a big divisional game. Can you wrap your head around that?
AJ: You know, it’s funny, because it all hasn’t quite clicked for me that I’m a professional football player. So maybe running through that tunnel, that will be my moment of clarity that this is really what I’m doing. But it hasn’t really gotten there quite yet, so I’m sure that it’s going to be something amazing that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.