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WR Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-6, 235Born: 1-14-1983College: Northern ColoradoDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 12): The Bucs having a good enough running game to not lean on the pass and control a game, even against a weak opponent, is not great for Jackson's weekly outlook. He's been an elite producer in one of the first five games, but barely worth starting in any format in most of the others.

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Recent Stats and Projections

2 at NO 55 0 0 0 5 3 54 1 0 11.4
3 at HOU 56 0 0 0 4 2 40 0 0 4
4 vs CAR 76 0 0 0 15 10 147 1 0 20.7
5 vs JAX 60 0 0 0 3 1 14 0 0 1.4

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 5 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

V-jax followed up his big week 4 performance with a one-catch dud. Jameis Winston simply didn't have to air it out much, and with only 19 passes total there just wasn't enough volume for Jackson or Mike Evans. Martin and Sims handled nearly as many targets out of the backfield(7), as Jackson and Evans(8), and they were more productive. V-Jax made his lone catch on a play action pass during Tampa Bay's first drive of the game, hauling in a deep crossing route and securing it for 14 just before taking a big shot to the chest from the safety. His second target was a bad pass by Jameis on a deep cross, coming on 3rd and 7 late during a first quarter drive. Jackson missed a deep target on 3rd down as the 3rd quarter expired. Jacksonville coverage was tight.

2015 Week 4 vs CAR (15 / 10 / 147 / 1 rec)

Jackson led the team in targets this week, with Winston looking his way early and often for a whopping 15 targets total. The young quarterback completed his first pass(that wasn't an interception) to V-jax on the team's third drive, hitting him in stride on a deep post for a 23-yard gain. V-jax secured 10 passes total for 147 yards and a touchdown. Winston just looked more comfortable with V-jax than anyone else, finding him often on third downs and during the two minute drills that ended the first and second half. Jackson scored with a minute left in the 4th quarter. Winston hit him on a quick slant route from the Panthers 6 yard line for Jackson's shortest reception of the day. Jackson had 3 other receptions on this drive, racking up some fantasy points in garbage time. Jackson ran most of his routes from the outside, and consistently got open to help Jameis convert 3rd downs. Jackson benefited from Mike Evans drawing more of Josh Norman in coverage.

2015 Week 3 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Jackson had a slow day, catching 2 of 4 targets for 40 yards. His first catch of the day was Winston's first official completion. V-Jax caught the ball over cornerback Quintin Demps, showing a lot of strength as Demps swatted the ball while Jackson pulled it in. Jackson also took a big shot from the safety while bringing the ball down, but secured it for a 20 yard gain. One of his other targets was a great catch in the end zone where V-jax was just unable to get his second foot down before falling out of bounds. The play was first ruled a touchdown, but was overturned after further review.

2015 Week 2 vs NO (5 / 3 / 54 / 1 rec)

Jackson led the team with 5 targets and reeled in several impressive receptions, including Jameis Winston's only touchdown pass of the day. Jackson streaked to the back of the end zone and made a beautiful toe-tapping catch as he fell out the back. Jackson had also recorded a clutch reception earlier that same drive to convert a third and 16. Jackson was narrowly overthrown by Jameis as he ran open on a corner route in the end zone during a third quarter drive, one play after Jameis barely overthrew Seferian-Jenkins on a similar route.

2015 Week 1 vs TEN (11 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

Jackson secured a low percentage of his team-high targets (4 out of 11), mainly due to the fact that Winston was very bad with decision-making and execution on his passes. He missed Jackson badly several times. VJ had an incredible 4th quarter reception that might have been ruled a touchdown if Tampa Bay had challenged the ruling. Jackson is definitely Winston's go-to target with Evans out, but it's tough to predict his viability as a starting option once Evans returns, especially if Jameis and the offense continue to struggle in this fashion.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson nearly invisible (Sun Oct 11, 09:08 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson had just one catch for 14 yards in the Week 5 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was targeted three times.

Our View: Jackson was the apple of Jameis Winston's eye last week, but the rookie's eyes didn't get too big throwing downfield this week because the running game carried the offense. He's probably closer to good depth than a weekly WR3/Flex play.
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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson has big game (Sun Oct 4, 08:07 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson had 10 catches on 15 targets for 147 yards in a 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4.

Our View: Jackson feasted in garbage time as Jameis Winston has alternated targeting Jackson and Mike Evans heavily over the last three weeks. Both are probably worth plays against the Jags next week.
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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson in a slump (Fri Oct 2, 10:12 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson has three touchdowns and three 100-yard efforts in his last 19 games dating back to the start of last season.

Our View: We'll see if the Bucs can jumpstart Jackson. In order to do that, they need to make rookie QB Jameis Winston more comfortable. This passing game could come around quickly because of the assets and because of Winston's gunslinger mentality. Consider Jackson when the Bucs have easier matchups.
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