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Ravens sign former Giants defensive back Bennett Jackson to reserve/future deal

Giants safety Bennett Jackson practices during training camp, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Giants safety Bennett Jackson practices during training camp, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (RICH SCHULTZ / AP)

The Ravens worked out defensive back Bennett Jackson in October to get an idea about where he was in his recovery from a significant knee injury. They didn’t sign him at the time, but they kept tabs on the progress the ex-New York Giant was making.

On Wednesday, they officially agreed on a reserve/future deal with the defensive back, who will join their offseason roster.

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The Ravens' need for offensive playmakers should dominate the discussion ahead of draft and free agency.

Jackson, a 2014 sixth-round draft pick of the Giants out of Notre Dame, announced the news on his Twitter account.

“I couldn’t be more excited to get back doing what I love,” Jackson wrote. “Thanks for giving me the opportunity!”

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Jackson, 26, was once viewed as a potential starting safety candidate for the Giants. However, he’s battled myriad injuries in his young career, including microfracture surgery in his knee and a torn ACL.

He’s yet to play in an NFL regular-season game and he’s been out of the league for the past two seasons. However, he’s been training on his own and working toward another opportunity.

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