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WR DeSean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 169Born: 12-1-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Jackson retreated to the background in the Bucs pass offense with the return of Mike Evans. He's just emergency depth for the stretch run.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick remains an exceptionally mixed bag. His schtick is to look competent - even dynamic - at times, yet wholly unqualified to be under center at others. Now 34, and never a particularly precise passer, Fitzpatrick looks more often like the latter. He was strong in Week 11, throwing for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his matchup with the Dolphins was near-cake, and he looked far worse in Week 10 than he looked good against Miami. With his scattershot arm and often baffling decision-making, Fitzpatrick is more an any-given-Sunday threat to implode than to excel. Still, his production (6.36 adjusted net yards per attempt, 5.9% touchdown rate) isn't any worse than Jameis Winston's was, so at least on paper, this passing game doesn't tumble much under his leadership, if at all. Again, matchup played a role, but he kept Mike Evans involved (92 yards across 10 targets) and turned Dolphins turnovers into touchdowns. Fitzpatrick's Week 12 outlook isn't rosy by any means, but it appears similar (or even equal) to what Winston's would be, so Evans, DeSean Jackson, and the team's tight ends don't deserve massive downgrades. It's the floor of the passing game, not its ceiling, that's tweaked right now. The Falcons pass defense remains a stout unit, one that gives grudgingly - just 5.3 net yards per attempt, third-best in football, and a seventh-best 200.8 yards per game. When we look deeper, however, we see some cracks in the armor. For one, we know that Tom Brady likely would've continued to shred them in Week 7 - he was 21 of 29 for 249 and 2 touchdowns - had game flow not put the ball on the ground. And their recent trend is a bit troubling: Josh McCown (26 of 33 for 257 and 2 touchdowns) and Russell Wilson (26 of 42 for 258 and 2, with 1 interception) have absolutely picked them apart in recent weeks. When the hit-or-miss pass rush isn't threatening quarterbacks, it's not especially hard to shred this secondary. Cornerback Desmond Trufant has been a shutdown force at times, but an overly aggressive gambled at others, and slot man Brian Poole has struggled mightily all year.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CAR 50 0 0 0 8 3 37 0 0 3.7
9 at NO 39 1 8 0 4 2 25 0 0 3.3
10 vs NYJ 54 0 0 0 10 6 82 0 0 8.2
11 at MIA 40 0 0 0 3 2 28 1 0 8.8
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)

Jackson hauled in his first target on an out route late in the 1st quarter for a big gain. It was his only reception of the 1st half until Fitzpatrick hit him for a touchdown just before halftime. Jackson lined up tight to the right side of the offensive line and ran a crossing pattern, to the left on play action, confusing the defense and leaving him wide open for an easy touchdown connection. Despite the score, the two catches tie for Jackson's lowest of the season.

2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (10 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)

Jackson and rookie Chris Godwin started at the outside receiver positions with Mike Evans absent due to a one game suspension. Djax and Godwin both collected a team-high 10 targets, with Djax posting the slightly better overall statline. Jackson hauled in his first target for a nice catch and run on a crossing route in the 1st quarter, then helped extend the lengthy drive with a short reception on a slant and a deep corner route that picked up 15. Fitzpatrick found him running a seam route from the slot early in the 3rd quarter for another solid gain, then hit him on a deep post on the next play for a gain of 22, Tampa's longest play of the day. Jackson bounced up after being clobbered by DB Buster Skrine on a sideline catch in the 3rd, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty for helmet-to-helmet contact.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Winston targeted Jackson on a deep ball that drew a pass interference flag late in the 1st quarter. The two connected on another deep pass down the right sidelines in the 2nd quarter, bu Jackson couldn't get both feet down inbounds. Jackson had a nice catch and run on a 2nd quarter slant route that picked up 14 yards. Backup QB Fitzpatrick missed another deep shot to Jackson in the 3rd quarter, and connected with him once for an 11 yard gain. Djax also carried the ball once on an end-around in the 2nd quarter. Jackson should collect more targets next week as Evans serves a one-game suspension for his hit on Saints CB Lattimore.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (8 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Jackson drew the second most targets on the team(8) but struggled to do anything with them as Winston's passing was all over the place. Djax lined up wide right and caught a deep comeback route for a gain of 19 at the end of the 1st quarter. He got open on a slant route again on the next play, but Winston threw the ball high. Jackson caught a quick pass behind the line of scrimmage and ran up the sidelines for a few yards midway through the 2nd quarter.. Jackson and Winston nearly connected on a deep ball in the end zone later in the 3rd, but a defender closed on the ball and knocked it away at the last second.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)

Jackson caught a skinny post from Winston early on that was nearly intercepted, but Djax showed incredibly focus by popping the ball out of the defenders hands and spinning around to catch the pass before it hit the turf. Winston found him again on the next play deep down the right sideline for another big gain. Jackson hauled in a quick slant from the left slot for an 11 yard gain later in the 2nd quarter. Winston hit Jackson with a deep bomb down the left sideline for a huge gain in the 3rd quarter, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty. Jackson had a step on his defender again later in the quarter, but Winston overthrew him on the deep route. The two are still struggling to generate big chunk plays, but Jackson is definitely showing more chemistry with Winston on shorter and intermediate throws the last couple of games, and once the ball is in his hands he is explosive.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)

Winston looked for Jackson deep in the 1st quarter but underthrew the pass and was nearly intercepted. Jackson's first catch was a quick out route from the right side of the formation. Ryan Fitzpatrick loaded a deep ball up for Jackson on fly route in the 2nd quarter, but the two couldn't connect in the end zone. Jackson was targeted down the left sideline on a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception in the 3rd quarter. Jackson scored on a quick slant route later in the 3rd quarter. He lined up wide right with Humphries in the slot, and the two crossed on slant routes with Jackson making a nice catch on a pass that was delievered slightly late from Fitzpatrick.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (9 / 5 / 106 / 0 rec)

Jackson and Winston continue to struggle with their chemistry, but the new receiver was able to contribute with some big plays later in the game. Jackson caught his first target, tapping his toes on the right sideline after Jameis extended the play with a scramble. Jackson caught one of the bubble screens that we see Humphries running often, but the play was blown up behind the line of scrimmage by cornerback. Jackson finally got rolling in the 4th quarter, taking a slant route 41 yards on 3rd and short from deep in Tampa Bay's own territory. Jackson had a clutch reception on 3rd and long later, securing the catch on the sideline and tapping his toes before getting blasted by a defender. Winston found Jackson one last time on a deep crossing route with less than a minute left in the game. Jackson went down awkwardly and was replaced by Chris Godwin for the last 34 seconds. He was seen leaving the stadium with ice on his right forearm after the game. Jackson finished tied for the most targets(9) with Brate.

2017 Week 4 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Winston overthrew Jackson on a deep post route late in the 3rd. Djax had a step on his defender if Winston could have dropped the pass in a little better. Jackson appeared visibly frustrated when Winston missed him on a 2 point attempt. He had another potential TD knocked loose by Eli Apple in the end zone in the 2nd quarter. Djax finished the day with 6 targets, catching 2 for 20 yards.

2017 Week 3 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 84 / 1 rec)

D-jax had a good day on paper, but his and Winston's chemistry is still a work in progress. Jackson was the target on two interceptions, an underthrown deep ball on the first and an apparent route miscommunication on the second. Jackson caught his first target of the day, an out route early in the 1st quarter. Winston hit him for a big gain on the next drive as Jackson got open on a deep corner route. Winston tried to force a deep pass to Jackson in the 2nd quarter that was undercut and intercepted by a defender. Jackson had a step, but Winston simply didn't put enough on the ball to get it there. Jackson showed strong hands on a leaping catch in the 3rd quarter. Winston and Jackson finally connected in the end zone at the end of the 3rd quarter, with Jackson leaping over his defender in the back right corner for the score. Winston followed the success up with another clunker in the 4th, looking Jackson's way on an apparent route miscommunication that led to an interception. It's unclear who was at fault.

2017 Week 2 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Jackson nearly had a beautiful diving catch over the front pylon on a long pass from Winston in the 1st quarter, but he couldn't get both feet down inbounds while securing the ball. Jackson caught his next target for a short gain, and hobbled to the sidelines holding his left side. He trotted out a couple plays later and seemed fine, though. Jackson was targeted in the end zone again in the 2nd quarter on a deep post route, but Winston overthrew him badly. D-Jax got loose again on a deep seam in the 3rd quarter, but he got turned around while locating the ball and couldn't haul it in. Winston is definitely looking for a big play with Jackson, they just aren't quite on the same page yet. Jackson drew 7 targets, 2nd on the team to Mike Evans. He secured 3 of them for 39 yards.


Latest News

Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson scores in Miami (Sun Nov 19, 08:34 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson posted two receptions for 28 yards on a touchdown in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins on his three targets.

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Jets | Buster Skrine fined (Sat Nov 18, 09:13 AM) - New York Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $48,260 by the National Football League for committing an unnecessary roughness penalty against Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson during Week 10's game.

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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson finishes with 82 yards (Sun Nov 12, 04:59 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson caught six passes for 82 yards against the New York Jets in Week 10.

Our View: Jackson looked as swift and quick as he did in his prime, and got more targets with Mike Evans out. Evans will be back next week, but the matchup against Miami is a good one in the secondary, so Jackson might get WR3/Flex consideration.
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