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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 Nov 23): Jackson's return just happened to coincide with Jameis Winston's best game as a pro. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex going forward.

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Jameis Winston had a career day last week, throwing for five TDs against the collapsing Eagles' D - 19/29 for 246 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions is not bad for a rookie, eh? Charles Sims (four targets for 3/26/1 receiving), Mike Evans (seven for 4/63/1), Vincent Jackson (six for 4/56/1), Cameron Brate (four for 3/47/1) and Russell Shepard (one for 1/4/1) all got to share in the TD bonanza last week. With over 500 yards of offense last week, Tampa comes into this game at Indianapolis red-hot. The Colts' pass D is ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 278.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 passing TDs given out vs. 13 interceptions (fifth in the NFL), with just 14 sacks generated (next-to-last in the NFL). Over the past four weeks, the Colts' D has been in the middle of the NFL averaging 22.4 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (ranked 14th); they've allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts (23.7 fantasy points per game); and are 11th-most in the league allowing 11 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Last week, Matt Ryan threw 25/46 for 275 net yards passing, three TDs and three interceptions against this soft group. Advantage, Tampa Bay.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at PHI 61 0 0 0 6 4 56 1 0 11.6
12 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson could be busy (Sat Nov 28, 11:25 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will likely be covered by Indianapolis Colts CB Greg Toler in Week 12 while WR Mike Evans will be covered by CB Vontae Davis, and when Evans was covered by Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman in Week 4, Jackson finished with 10 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.

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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson expected to play (Sun Nov 22, 10:33 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) is expected to play in Week 11's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple sources.

Our View: This makes Jackson rosterable for the stretch run, but try to avoid starting him in his first week back if you can.
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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson questionable (Fri Nov 20, 01:50 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) is questionable for Week 11.

Our View: Jackson could return this week against Philadelphia, but after the long layoff, it's more likely we see his return next week at Indianapolis.
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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson returns to practice (Thu Nov 19, 07:29 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 19, but was limited.

Our View: We're not sure what his role will be when he gets back, whenever that ends up being. Consider him a shaky WR5 or WR6 if he plays and find another option until we see how he fits into the offense.

Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson not on practice field (Wed Nov 18, 07:07 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) was not at practice Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Our View: Jackson is likely to be out again this week. That just means more targets and opportunity for Mike Evans. Plan accordingly.

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