Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson apologized on Thursday and said he was "totally out of line" when he criticized the team's defensive play-calling after Sunday's loss in Atlanta.

"Apologetic to my coaches and we're moving on to Seattle," Jackson told reporters. "That's our main objective this week."

Jackson was involved in a zone coverage on a 15-yard touchdown to Calvin Ridley and then one-on-one in man coverage on a blitz call on a 93-yard score to Olamide Zaccheaus. He ripped the play-calling when asked about the touchdowns afterward.

"Two horrible calls, two calls that we didn't call in those situations at all this week in practice," Jackson said.

Perry Fewell, the interim head coach and Jackson's former position coach, told reporters this week the matter was handled internally.

"I was very apologetic to my coach," Jackson said Thursday. "Coach Fewell is a great guy, very understanding. Our conversation was long. It didn't have much to do with that situation. It was about life and how to learn and bounce back."

Jackson also acknowledged that frustration with the team's five-game losing streak fed into the criticism.

"Everybody in the locker room is frustrated," he said. "The season is not going how we want it to go. But doesn't give me the right to go out there and say anything about anything."

Jackson, 24, has started 25 of 26 games over two seasons since being drafted in the second round in 2018. He had four interceptions and five pass breakups as a rookie and has added three picks and eight breakups through 10 games this season.

--Field Level Media

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