WR Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-6, 235||Born: 1-14-1983||College: Northern Colorado||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Jackson has been the subject of trade rumors, but not many targets. The Patriots, Seahawks, and Eagles are connected to him in these rumors, but none would represent a material upgrade in his situation. He was barely a part of the Bucs offense against the Vikings in Week 8 to boot, so give him one more week against the generous Browns secondary to redeem himself before heading to your bench until further notice.
General News (Thu Oct 30): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 9: at Cleveland Browns
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The good news for Mike Glennon is that the Buccaneers didn't trade away Vincent Jackson on Tuesday. The bad news for Glennon is that the Buccaneers shipped away S Mark Barron and LB Jonathan Casillas to St. Louis and New England, respectively, signalling that the 1-6 Buccaneers are now in full-rebuilding-mode. The coaching staff will be evaluating personnel with an eye towards next year's free agency and the upcoming draft, which may mean some exotic combinations of personnel at various positions going forwards. However, a change at QB isn't being contemplated, according to head coach Lovie Smith: 'You'll always like to have a couple plays back, but the first thing I thought about as far as improving our ball club wasn't, 'God, we have to make a change at the quarterback position.'' he stated on Monday. The moves before the trading deadline involved defensive players, not members of the offense. However, Glennon needs to turn up the volume for the Buccaneers - 19/28 for 171 yards passing, one TD and with one interception thrown vs. Minnesota (with five sacks taken for -12 yards) isn't going to get the job done. Neither is Vincent Jackson's five targets for 1/13/0 receiving last week. Mike Evans (seven for 4/78/0), Bobby Rainey (six for 6/41/0) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (four for 3/26/1) do represent a young core of players that can be built on, but Glennon has to do more with the tools at hand. Fortunately for Glennon, this week he faces the Browns, a team that coughed up 34/54 for 316 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to rookie Derek Carr and company last week (three sacks for -12 yards generated by the Browns) - Matt Schaub added an interception thrown on his only attempt of the day (which is an example of why Carr is starting for the Raiders). The Browns did intercept Blake Bortles three times two weeks ago, but they also lost that game 6-24 despite the plus in turnovers (and intercepting Bortles is not particularly difficult this year, he's thrown 12 vs. just six TD passes). Currently the Browns are a mediocre 20th in the NFL averaging 252.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores handed over vs. eight interceptions (tied-seventh in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-18th) generated to date. Tampa Bay is tied for 21st in the NFL with 19 sacks allowed this season. Advantage, Tampa Bay.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs BAL (13 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Jackson was overshadowed by his teammates in Sunday's tilt with the Ravens. That's not to say they didn't look Jackson's way in this game. In fact, they desperately tried to involve Jackson in the offense, but the Ravens did a great job in coverage. Jackson while only hauling in four receptions, saw thirteen targets on the day. Jackson couldn't shake free of the Ravens coverage on Sunday. He was able to free himself at the line with physical moves to get by the jams, unfortunately the blowout made the Bucs one dimensional and the Ravens adjusted accordingly. Many of Glennon's passes were errant. Some of the targets were basically throw aways in Jackson's direction that were scored as targets. Jackson did have a highlight reel catch late in the first half. From midfield, Jackson got an easy outside release on the corner, slammed on the breaks with a nice double move and shot back up the sideline. Glennon lofted the pass high but a little too far inside as Jackson was outside his receiver. Jackson adjusted and cut in front of his defender making a basket catch. The defender reaches in and jars the ball loose as Jackson falls to the ground but he gathers the ball back in after a bobble for a 33-yard gain. Jackson's final stat line looks as though he took a back seat to the Bucs' other receivers in today's game plan, but he was the most targeted receiver and the Ravens had the advantage of rolling coverage to Jackson because they knew the Bucs were in pass mode down 35 points early. Overall, Jackson played well, but didn't have a big statistical day.
2014 Week 8 vs MIN (5 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson saw only five targets on Sunday against the Vikings. Much like the rest of Jackson's teammates, his stat line was a victim of game flow. The Bucs didn't need to throw the ball a ton because the game remained close throughout. They played more of a game management style, only 28 passes were attempted, so Jackson saw almost 20% of the targets. He managed only one catch on the day, a quick slant from the slot receiver position. Glennon noticed that the entire Vikings' secondary was playing soft coverage so he snapped the ball and immediately slung it in Jackson's direction who gained thirteen yards near midfield. Overall, Glennon's passes were not well thrown to Jackson he overthew a ball and had a few skip in Jackson's general vicinity, but Jackson never had a shot at a productive day.
Latest NewsBuccaneers | Vincent Jackson limited in practice (Thu Oct 30, 06:37 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson was limited in practice again Thursday, Oct. 30. Our View: Drop expectations for Jackson. He has been underperforming for the Bucs, and now he's banged up. The team is talking about getting rookie WR Mike Evans more involved as well.
link to story Buccaneers | Limited practice for Vincent Jackson (Wed Oct 29, 07:47 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. Our View: Jackson has failed to play up to expectations this year, and the Bucs are having a down season. We're hearing about the team getting Mike Evans more involved in the passing game, and we'll see if they want to get Jackson jump-started as well.
link to story Buccaneers | Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson stay (Tue Oct 28, 04:10 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson were not traded as the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday, Oct. 28, despite several rumors leading up to the deadline. Our View: Martin was damaged goods as he's been banged up since his fantastic rookie season in 2012. Jackson is a seasoned veteran, but the Bucs weren't able to move him before the trade deadline.
link to story Buccaneers | Doug Martin considered expendable (Sun Oct 26, 10:22 PM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fielding offers for RB Doug Martin, and are more likely to deal him than WR Vincent Jackson, according to sources. Teams have approached the team about Martin, who could be had at the right price. He is believed to be expendable with RB Charles Sims eligible to come off the injured-reserve designated-to-return list. link to story Buccaneers | Bucs want a lot for Vincent Jackson (Sun Oct 26, 12:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson likely would cost an interested team a second-round draft choice if they wanted to acquire him in a trade before the trade deadline, according to a source. Our View: The Bucs have gotten two plus good years out of Jackson and their money's worth, but in the middle of yet another rebuild, it might be better to go back to the drawing board with a very similar talent in Mike Evans just taken in the first round this year.
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