Paris taking slotback

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

It's been a long time coming for Paris Jackson.

The product of North Vancouver's Carson Graham and Utah is poised to become the B.C. Lions' second most popular pass-catcher in 2009, taking over Jason Clermont's slotback position.

"I'm going to make it my own position," Jackson said Sunday when training camp opened in Abbotsford. "Basically we're doing a lot of different plays this year to get me deep and try to get me a lot of pick routes."

Jackson, 28, was drafted ninth overall in 2003, Wally Buono's first season as the Leos' head coach and general manager. Number 19 has improved every year in the black and orange and the pressure is on to do the same in 2009.

"I've been always the kind of guy with patience, nothing's been easy for me," he said. "It looks like my opportunity is here and I'm going to run with it."


Videos

Photos