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WR Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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General News (Tue Feb 2): will return to the team in 2016. The Buccaneers were 4-4 with him and 2-6 without him in the lineup in 2015.

Week 21: bye week

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2015 Week 14 vs NO (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

V-Jax secured 1 target for 5 yards on the day before leaving in the 2nd quarter with a knee injury. He did not return to the game, though reports afterwards indicate he is not expected to miss a lot of time. Vjax had a huge gain on the first play of the game, catching a deep ball on play action, but the pass was negated by a holding penalty.

2015 Week 13 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 87 / 0 rec)

VJax worked outside and occasionally in the slot, converting 5 targets into 3 catches for 87 yards. Early in the 2nd quarter he lined up in 3WR set on left side of line, ran a deep curl route and shook his defender after the catch, then darted up the left sideline for 36 yards, his biggest gain of the day. Vjax had another gain of 30 in the 3rd quarter on a deep corner route, lined up slot right in a 4WR set on the reception.Jackson had another nice gain of 21 yards on a deep crossing route near the end of the 4th quarter. Vjax was targeted in the end zone in the 3rd quarter on a short out route, but coverage was tight and Winston couldn't thread the needle.

2015 Week 12 vs IND (10 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec)

V-jax led the team in receiving on a day when Jameis Winston couldn't quite get his arm under control and the offensive struggled with pass protection. He secured 4 of 10 targets for 76 yards. Like Mike Evans, he was consistently overthrown by Winston, costing him some opportunities for additional points. Jackson's first reception was a beautiful toe-tapping grab on the left sideline to convert 3rd and 11 in the 1st quarter. Winston looked his way 3 times in a row on this drive, but the two other go routes were thrown out of bounds. V-Jax had another big reception on 3rd and 7 during a 2nd quarter drive. A scrambling Winston found him on a deep curl route for the 20 yards and a 1st down. Jackson was shaken up on the play but soon returned to the game. He got open later in the drive on an out route where his defender forgot about him as Jameis Winston started to scramble. He was left standing wide open on the left sideline, where the young QB found him for a first down pickup. Jackson drew a holding penalty during the Bucs' 1st 3rd quarter drive. Narrowly missed a 20 yard gain during Tampa Bay's 2nd 3rd quarter drive on a deep out route that Winston overthrew slightly. Made a beautiful leaping catch on a deep post at the end of the 3rd quarter for a gain of 21. Winston overthrew Jackson badly on his interception late in the 4th quarter, as the receiver ran a deep crossing route. V-jax had no chance at the ball as it sailed high and into the arms of a waiting defender.

2015 Week 11 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)

Saw the second most targets on the team(6) in his first week back from a knee injury. V-jax caught his first target for a touchdown on the first play of the 2nd quarter. He lined up wide left in a 2TE formation on the Philadelphia 13 yard line and caught the ball on a quick slant route, banging into a couple of defenders on his way into the end zone. Jackson was targeted in the red zone again in the 2nd quarter on the following drive, but Winston's pass was nearly intercepted. Made his longest reception of the day on a deep out route in the 3rd quarter, picking up 24 yards and converting 3rd and 16. V-jax was targeted in the red zone again on a 4th quarter drive, but Winston threw the ball short as Jackson cut outside on a quick out in the end zone.

2015 Week 7 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Jackson's first and only reception of the day came on a deep curl route at the end of the first quarter. He also had a 14 yard reception on a deep post at the very beginning of the 3rd quarter, but a challenge from Washington coach Gruden resulted in the catch being overturned. Jackson was ruled to have not maintained possession of the ball as he hit the ground. Winston "sort of" looked Jackson's way on a 3 and 1 play from the Washington 4 yard line during the 1st quarter. The QB was rolling out right under heavy pressure and heaved the ball back across his body, well over Jackson's head and out the back of the end zone. Jackson left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, leaving Evans and rookie Dye as the only two active receivers to finish the day for the Bucs. Though the Bucs announced that receiver Louis Murphy has torn his ACL, there has been no word on Jackson's injury.

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.

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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson returning (Fri Jan 29, 12:27 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will return to the team in 2016. The Buccaneers were 4-4 with him and 2-6 without him in the lineup in 2015.

Our View: Jackson has a $9.7 million cap hit next year, and he's set to be a free agent in 2017. The Bucs may ask him to take a pay cut or extend him to lower that number for 2016. However, they could just pay him the full price and see if the veteran can stay healthy in a contract year. Jackson can obviously be a big part of what they do on offense, and his presence helps out young WR Mike Evans.
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