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Coaches have credited Jackson, a four-year veteran, with three quarterback pressures. He is most effective as an edge pass rusher because of his quick hands. He also adjusted his vision this season.

“In the past, I’ve always watched the quarterback and was kind of feeling the guy in front of me,” he said. “Now I’m actually locking in on the guy in front of me, and after I beat him, then I’m going through the next progression to the quarterback.”

Orakpo doesn’t like coming off the field, but he’s content knowing Jackson is behind him, to help him stay fresh.

“You tend to get winded out there, especially when covering and rushing all the time,” Orakpo said. “It helps when I have a guy I can trust to go in there and not miss a beat.”

Beck and Fitzpatrick meet again

Quarterbacks John Beck and Ryan Fitzpatrick will renew their childhood rivalry of sorts this Sunday in Toronto. Beck and Fitzpatrick grew up seven miles apart in Arizona and played sports against each other. Beck, 30, is one year older than Fitzpatrick and a half year younger than Fitzpatrick’s twin brothers, so they’re well-acquainted.

“I think quarterback was always what he wanted to do,” Fitzpatrick said. “I do remember he was a really good at backstroke, though. I think that’s the main thing: When he was nine or 10 years, I think he was maybe the best at backstroke in the state.”

Beck’s and Fitzpatrick’s careers are similar in that both struggled and changed teams before earning their current starting opportunities. Fitzpatrick was the St. Louis Rams’ seventh-round pick in 2005. Three teams later, he signed a six-year, $60 million contract, including $24 million guaranteed, on Friday.

“It’s really hard to develop as a quarterback when you’re not a high draft pick,” Fitzpatrick said. “You have to take advantage of the opportunities when you get them, and I think that’s the biggest reason for where I am today.”

Beck wouldn’t mind earning the same type of long-term job security Fitzpatrick did.

“It’s just a good example — if you keep working, good things can happen,” Beck said.

Extra points

• Linebacker London Fletcher (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday, barring a setback, Shanahan said. Fletcher would extend his consecutive game streak to an NFL-leading 215, tied with Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber.

“I take more pride in knowing my teammates can count on me, knowing that I’m going to be there for them through every battle,” Fletcher said when asked about the streak. “That’s what I really focus on, just really trying to be out there for my teammates.” …

• Cornerback DeAngelo Hall (hip), free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (knee) and cornerback Phillip Buchanon (knee/neck) were limited in practice and are questionable for Sunday’s game. …

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