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WR DeSean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 169Born: 12-1-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2008

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Jackson left the Week 1 game because of a concussion

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): So it wasn't just one week. It didn't even take more than one play. Ryan Fitzpatrick is much better at unlocking Jackson's value than Jameis Winston. He has to be in our lineups against the Steelers.

Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Great matchup. No one expected Ryan Fitzpatrick to create yet another quarterback controversy at age 35, but that's where things are headed. Fitzpatrick has been the NFL's MVP through 2 weeks, topping 400 yards and throwing 4 touchdowns in each game. And he's done so against two of 2017's best pass defenses. He shredded the gambling Saints secondary in the opener, routinely throwing Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and company turning into huge plays. And last week he braved the Eagles' tenacious pass rush, using play action and trust in his playmakers to dominate again. With Evans boxing out every smaller corner he faces and Jackson scorching slot men off the line, there's no clear recipe to slowing the flow. Of course, Fitzpatrick has always been a volatile passer, one deeply in love with the deep ball and willing to test traffic. The bottom could indeed fall out at any point, resulting in a 25-of-50, 3-interception nightmare. But the connection he has right now with Evans, Jackson, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard is magical. All Buccaneer receivers are taking advantage of the aggressiveness and winning their downfield matchups, and there's no football reason to expect that to slow against one of the league's worst secondaries. It's safe to say there are holes in this Pittsburgh pass defense. Some may blame Week 2's implosion on Joe Haden's absence, but that's very shortsighted. Haden is a shell of his former self, and the rest of this secondary is subpar at best. Artie Burns continues to struggle on the outside, while slot man Mike Hilton is solid in coverage but a poor tackler after the catch. With or without Haden on the field, the Tampa Bay receivers shouldn't have much trouble winning battles down the field. There's also a lack of coverage talent at the linebacker and safety spots; Travis Kelce's touchdown catch put that on full display last week. Simply put, there's little to like among this unit aside from edge rusher T.J. Watt, and the red-hot Tampa Bay offense is licking its chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at NO 20 0 0 0 5 5 146 2 0 26.6
2 vs PHI 34 0 0 0 4 4 129 1 0 18.9
3 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

DeSean Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 129 / 1 rec)

Jackson continued his week 1 tear, picking up more of the big chunk plays that he's known for. In addition to piling up yardage on big plays, Jackson is also being incredibly efficient, catching 4 of 4 targets in week 2 to put his season total at 9 of 9. Jackson split out wide right of a run formation on the first offensive play of the game, easily burning his one defender on a deep ball from Fitzpatrick for a 75 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick found him again down the left sideline in the third quarter for a huge gain. Jackson made a fantastic back shoulder catch on the play.

2018 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 5 / 146 / 2 rec)

Jackson had a big day that started early. He hauled in Fitzpatrick's first pass attempt for a short gain on an out route, then scored two plays later. For his first touchdown, Jackson lined up just off the offensive line, then took off on a fly route down the right side of the field. His defender totally lost him, and Fitzpatrick laid the ball up for an easy score. Jackson flexed a couple of yards off the line of scrimmage and burned his defender right down the middle of the field for a 36 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter on another dime pass from Fitzpatrick. The two hooked up on another deep ball down the right sideline on the Bucs' next drive, with Jackson going down after the catch. He left the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Jackson was a perfect five of five on his targets before leaving the game.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson haunts former team (Mon Sep 17, 12:35 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson had four receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson officially active (Sun Sep 16, 12:13 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 2 game.

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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson expected to play (Sat Sep 15, 01:12 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) is expected to clear the concussion protocol and play in Week 2, according to a source.

Our View: Good news for the Bucs here. Jackson had a disappointing 2017 season and didn't show good chemistry with QB Jameis Winston. With Winston suspended, Jackson looked much better catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. We like him as a 'what the heck' flex play with upside this week against the Eagles.
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson listed as questionable (Fri Sep 14, 03:04 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, but is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson's status still up in air (Fri Sep 14, 12:35 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) practiced Friday, Sept. 14, but head coach Dirk Koetter did not say if Jackson has cleared the league's concussion protocol.

Our View: Jackson is expected to play on Sunday, but we'll need to check inactives to be sure. Even though he had a massive Week 1, Jackson isn't an automatic play against one of his former teams.
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Schedule

3vs Pittsburgh Steelers
4@ Chicago Bears
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ Atlanta Falcons
7vs Cleveland Browns
8@ Cincinnati Bengals
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Washington Redskins
11@ New York Giants
12vs San Francisco 49ers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Baltimore Ravens
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Atlanta Falcons