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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 Dec 15): The pendulum swing of defenses doing a better job on Mike Evans has opened up Jackson for more targets and production in the fantasy playoffs. He's worth a WR3/Flex look against Green Bay.

Week 16: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Josh McCown threw 13/28 for 154 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Carolina last week, after tossing 20/39 for 250 yards, two TDs and two interceptions at Detroit two weeks ago. He's been sacked nine times for -61 yards over the past two weeks, a rate that is heavier than usual for Tampa this year (Tampa has allowed 42 sacks over 14 games played so far). All three of his passing scores have landed in Mike Evans' arms (19 targets for 6/58/3 receiving during the last two weeks), while Vincent Jackson (27 targets for 16/229/0 receiving) has been much more efficient in his chances, but is failing to score TDs much this year (only two TDs this year, and none since Week 4). The Packers' pass D is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 237.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with 23 passing scores given out vs. 17 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 32 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. Kyle Orton could only manage 14/27 for 140 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown last week, though (three sacks taken for -18 yards), while Matt Ryan and Julio Jones went off on this secondary two games ago (24/39 for 374 net yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -1 yards). Tampa's passing attack is consistently mediocre, while the Packers bounce from sub-par to solid - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at CHI 0 0 0 9 5 117 0 1
13 vs CIN 0 0 0 4 2 24 0 0
14 at DET 0 0 0 17 10 159 0 0
15 at CAR 0 0 0 10 6 70 0 0
16 vs GB 0 0 0 6 3 60 0 0
16 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
16 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
16 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Game flow restricted the Tampa Bay receivers from a statistical standpoint and Jackson took the brunt of it. The Bucs were either leading or within striking distance of the Bengals for th entire game. As a result, the Bucs leaned on the short passing game, as well as the run for the majority of the game. Jackson caught a 9-yard comeback and a 15-yard out as his only contributions of the day. He tied for 3rd in targets behind Evans and Murphy. Overall, it really wasn't anything within Jackson's control that prohibited him from having a big statistical day. The Bucs lined him up out wide and in the slot. However, he seemed to not be getting separation like he normally does. Mike Evans has surpassed Jackson at this point as the Bucs top target, which shows on film as Jackson only received 14% of the targets compared to Mike Evans 30%.

2014 Week 14 vs DET (17 / 10 / 159 / 0 rec)

Jackson hauled in double digit receptions against the Lions and was the most targeted receiver of Josh McCown this week. Despite not getting into the end zone, Jackson saw 17 of 39 total targets from McCown on the day. His longest gain of the day came on a busted play in which McCown scrambled around and launched a bomb to Jackson who was surrounded by a slew of defenders, but none of which made a play on the ball. Jackson played centerfielder and leaped up and snagged the ball out of the air above all Lions defenders. The Buccaneers used Jackson as the have for the entire year against the Lions, lining him up all across the formation. Jackson caught passes from the slot, flanked out wide, while being motioned across the formation, out of a bunch, and as the inside receiver in a trips formation. The also let Jackson run the entire route tree, although most of his routes were comprised of streaks, out routes, and slants over the middle. Jackson used his physicality to beat the jam at the line of scrimmage. Once the Lions started retreating and playing soft coverage, the Buccaneers ran Jackson on a ton of hitches and quick slants to get him the ball before defenders could make a play. Overall, McCown used Jackson the entire game as he was doing a great job of gaining separation, but it seems as though he likes to look Mike Evans way when they get close to the goal line. Jackson did have an end zone target, however the ball was intercepted, which may have persuaded McCown to go to Evans as he caught both his end zone targets for scores. Jackson did receive over 40% of the Bucs' targets against the Lions, unfortunately he could not convert them to points.

2014 Week 15 vs CAR (10 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Jackson led the Buccaneers in targets, receptions, and yards. Over the past few weeks the trend has been developing that Vincent Jackson gets a ton of targets, however Mike Evans steals the end zone looks from him. That was the case again today as Jackson led the team in targets, but when they got close, McCown was more comfortable lobbing the ball up to Evans. The Buccaneers moved Jackson all around the formation, lining him up on the outside and inside. Jackson caught outs, hitches, slants, and posts, but the Panthers did not allow Jackson to beat them deep. His long for the day was only 18 yards gained. The Panthers played off Jackson a lot in this game, attempting to take away the long ball which they succeeded in doing. In the first quarter, Jackson almost had a touchdown on a quick slant. The corner was playing way off Jackson who ran a quick slant over the middle. He was brought down near the 8-yard line, but would have scored if the last man between him and the end zone didn't stop him. Jackson did most of his damage on the last drive where the Bucs moved him around to find mismatches on against the defense. He started the drive running an out route from the slot for a 7-yard gain. They then put him outside against a soft zone coverage and ran two deep crossing patterns that were also complete for nice gains. Overall, the game flow dictated that the Buccaneers didn't have to sling the ball fifty times to win this game as they were within striking distance for the entire game. Therefore, the run/pass ratio was a lot more balanced than what the Buccaneers have been accustomed to in the past. Jackson finished the game as the most targeted player, but his stat log could have been much better had the Panthers offense scored more, forcing the Bucs to throw the ball.


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