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WR DeSean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 169Born: 12-1-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2008

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He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 7): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 6): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 5): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Wed Dec 5): may not play again this season, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.

Week 14: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Good matchup. Perhaps losing his job (briefly) to Ryan Fitzpatrick has lit an adequate fire under Jameis Winston. Since stepping back under center in Week 11, the typically erratic Winston has completed 73% of his throws at a dazzling 9.1 yards per attempt, with 6 touchdowns over 10 quarters. He's been turnover-free for the last two weeks and looks to have more confidence and control of the offense than ever before. Even as he runs for his life behind the Buccaneers' patchwork line, he's hitting on throws both underneath and downfield, and avoiding the head-scratchers that have always plagued him. It helps, of course, that he throws to such a bevy of dynamic downfield receivers. Mike Evans is averaging a career-best 17.0 yards per catch, while Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson have combined for 119 a game on the year. Jackson sat last week, allowing Godwin to produce his second 100-yard day, and looks to be on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday. It's also worth noting that slot specialist Adam Humphries has now caught a touchdown from Winston in 3 straight games, averaging 5.3 catches and 58 yards in the process. The New Orleans pass defense has turned itself around somewhat after an awful start to the year. The pass rush, led by All-Pro Cameron Jordan, is growing powerful, and Marshon Lattimore is re-emerging as a shutdown star at cornerback. Still, last Thursday showcased the issues they do have, which can be back-breaking. Dak Prescott beat them both short and deep, completing 24 of his 28 throws, and the Dallas receivers ran wild through the Saints' inconsistent secondary. Cornerback Eli Apple was victimized worst of all, allowing Cowboys rookie Michael Gallup to burn him on two deep balls (one was misfired and fell incomplete). Apple is talented but remains shaky in coverage, and with Lattimore on the other side, he's a prime candidate to be picked on week after week. Altogether, this is an aggressive unit that can make things difficult for quarterbacks, but also lose its gambles and give up a lot of big completions. Lattimore, Apple, and struggling slot cornerback P.J. Williams will need to control themselves against the Buccaneers' downfield threats.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs WAS 44 0 0 0 8 5 67 0 0 6.7
11 at NYG 53 0 0 0 7 4 38 0 0 3.8
12 vs SF 36 1 6 0 8 3 19 0 0 2.5
14 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

DeSean Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 12 vs SF (8 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Jackson injured his hand in week 11, and apparently exacerbated the injury in week 12's contest. He finished the game, but was mostly ineffective and is seeing a specialist in New York for the injury this week. Jackson was dropped for a minimal gain on his first target of the day, a WR bubble screen at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. He caught another short out route and quickly ran out of bounds to stop the clock at the end of the 1st half. Jackson drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball that he and Winston couldn't connect on in the 3rd quarter. Jackson had big catch on an out route that converted 3rd down late in the 3rd quarter. Jackson carried a sweep around left end for a 6 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. The Bucs have not issued any updates on Jackson's injury so far this week.

2018 Week 11 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Jackson led the team alongside Mike Evans with 7 targets apiece, but couldn't get any of his signature big plays going downfield. Djax split out wide left and caught a slant on his first target of the day in the 1st quarter. Jackson made a great catch on a deep curl route with a defender draped over his back at the end of the 2nd quarter. Jackson was the target on Fitzpatrick's third and final interception of the day, but the quarterback threw it up for grabs with Jackson well covered by multiple defenders. Winston and Jackson hooked up to convert 3rd down with an out route late in the 4th quarter. Winston found him one last time for a short gain on a curl route with the 4th quarter expiring.

2018 Week 10 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Jackson tied for a team-high 8 targets, but couldn't get any big plays going down field as Fitzpatrick didn't have much time to throw. Djax caught a quick curl route and turned it up the left sideline for a nice gain in the 1st quarter. He was quiet until midway through the 3rd quarter when he caught a deep out route on play action to move the Bucs out of their own end zone. Fitzpatrick found him again on a quick curl route near the sideline two plays later, then a slant route for consecutive gains. DJax hauled in another slant route later in the 4th quarter for 1st down yardage. Fitzpatrick loaded up a play action deep ball for him on the next play, but overthrew the pass.

2018 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Jackson had a slow day as Adam Humphries and Mike Evans dominated targets. He had a step on his defender on a deep corner route that would likely have resulted in a long touchdown in the 3rd quarter, but Fitzpatrick overthrew him. Jackson managed to secure a couple of receptions in the 2nd half after a quiet first half. Jackson drew a holding penalty later in the drive that set the Bucs up in the Carolina red zone. Jackson was the target on Fitzpatrick's second interception late in the 4th quarter. Jackson was tightly covered and Fitzy threw up a jump ball that the defender was able to come down with.

2018 Week 8 vs CIN (8 / 3 / 68 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Jackson picked up the majority of his week 8 yards as he left his defenders in the dust on a 60 yard touchdown late in the 2nd quarter. Winston hit him in stride right down the middle of the field for Tampa Bay's first touchdown of the day. Winston had him open again in the end zone in the 3rd, but overthrew him badly. Jackson nearly had another huge gain down the left sideline once Ryan Fitzpatrick came into the game late in the 3rd, but a defender knocked the ball loose as he fell to the turf. Fitzpatrick did find him for a couple of intermediate completions as the Bucs attempted to catch up in the 4th quarter. Jackson had a short carry on an end-around in the 3rd quarter.

2018 Week 7 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 1 rush)

Jackson had a slow week through the air but managed a touchdown on the ground as he showed off his still-blazing speed on an end around for a 14 yard touchdown at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Winston nearly found him for a second touchdown in the back corner of the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but Jackson couldn't secure the well-defended pass as he fell to the ground. Jackson was quiet in the second half until he hauled in a 14 yard reception up the right sideline to set the Bucs up for the game-winning field goal in overtime.

2018 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Jackson drew a team-high 9 targets. He didn't catch his first pass until late in the 2nd quarter, securing a big gain up the seam. Winston found him on a deep comeback route up the right sideline for another solid gain in the 4th quarter. Jackson got wide open on a deep crossing route later in the 4th, picking up 21 yards as the Bucs tried to battle back. Jackson had a step on his defender for what would have been a touchdown on the next drive, but Winston overthrew him badly in the end zone. Winston found him once more on the final drive of the game, connecting on a medium crossing route underneath Atlanta's prevent defense. Jackson carried the ball once in the 3rd quarter on an end around run that picked up 7 yards.

2018 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 112 / 0 rec)

Jackson benefited the most from the game script after the Bucs fell behind early in the contest. Jackson was second only to Evans(9) with his 8 targets, and he was the only receiver able to get open for big plays downfield. He hauled in an out route from the slot for a nice gain and a 3rd down conversion in the 1st quarter. Jackson lined up wide left and got all kinds of open on a deep crossing route later in the same drive. Fitzpatrick hit him in stride and Jackson racked up 48 yards with nice run after the catch. Jackson had another huge gain down the left sideline late in the 2nd quarter. Chicago challenged the ruling that he had kept both feet in bounds by securing the catch, but the ruling was upheld. Jackson grabbed another quick slant route late in the 4th quarter from Winston.

2018 Week 3 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Jackson finally cooled off after a hot start in the first two weeks. Fitzpatrick targeted him 5 times, and couldn't connect on any big plays as Evans stole the show. Djax didn't secure a catch until early in the 3rd quarter when he hauled in a curl route from the left receiver spot. Jackson caught a 17 yard post route at the end of the 3rd quarter for this biggest gain of the day. Fitzpatrick looked for him in the end zone on a deep ball the very next play, but Djax couldn't get under it. Jackson housed a punt for a touchdown in the 4th quarter, but the play was called back for holding.

2018 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 129 / 1 rec)

Jackson continued his week 1 tear, picking up more of the big chunk plays that he's known for. In addition to piling up yardage on big plays, Jackson is also being incredibly efficient, catching 4 of 4 targets in week 2 to put his season total at 9 of 9. Jackson split out wide right of a run formation on the first offensive play of the game, easily burning his one defender on a deep ball from Fitzpatrick for a 75 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick found him again down the left sideline in the third quarter for a huge gain. Jackson made a fantastic back shoulder catch on the play.

2018 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 5 / 146 / 2 rec)

Jackson had a big day that started early. He hauled in Fitzpatrick's first pass attempt for a short gain on an out route, then scored two plays later. For his first touchdown, Jackson lined up just off the offensive line, then took off on a fly route down the right side of the field. His defender totally lost him, and Fitzpatrick laid the ball up for an easy score. Jackson flexed a couple of yards off the line of scrimmage and burned his defender right down the middle of the field for a 36 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter on another dime pass from Fitzpatrick. The two hooked up on another deep ball down the right sideline on the Bucs' next drive, with Jackson going down after the catch. He left the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Jackson was a perfect five of five on his targets before leaving the game.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Week 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives (Sun Dec 9, 11:33 AM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared CB Carlton Davis, S Isaiah Johnson, QB Ryan W. Griffin, WR DeSean Jackson, S Justin Evans and DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches inactive for Week 14.

Our View: Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries become better plays with Jackson out and the weather looking ok in Tampa today.
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson will miss Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 05:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and has been ruled out for Week 14.

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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson unlikely to play Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 12:37 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) has yet to practice this week and isn't expected to play in Week 14 versus the New Orleans Saints.

Our View: Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin once again become solid WR3/Flex options with WR2 or even low WR1 upside in PPR leagues.
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson sits again (Thu Dec 6, 04:57 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

Our View: Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries are stronger plays with Jackson out. As long as the weather isn't too bad, they'll both be solid WR3/Flex options against the Saints.
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Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson absent from practice (Wed Dec 5, 04:47 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Our View: Other reports indicated that Jackson did practice but did not catch any passes. Either way, Jackson could get shut down for the year with this thumb injury.
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15@ Baltimore Ravens
16@ Dallas Cowboys
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