WR Vincent Jackson - Free Agent
|6-6, 235||Born: 1-14-1983||College: Northern Colorado||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2005|
2016 Week 1 vs ATL (7 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jackson and Winston struggled to get on the same page, not showing the usual chemistry between the QB and veteran receiver. Winston, appearing a bit rattled by all the crowd noise in the first quarter, threw an interception while looking for VJax. Jackson took off straight down the field while lined up wide right, and broke his route to the right about 10 yards downfield. Winston, however, threw the ball as if Jackson were going to break inside, making the interception easy for CB Desmond Trufant. Jackson made a nice diving effort on a low pass from Winston in the waning 2 minutes of the 2nd quarter, but couldn't quite scoop up the bad pass. He was targeted again by Winston on the next play, but Winston took a hit as he was throwing the ball and again underthrew the veteran receiver. Undeterred, Jackson finally reeled in his third target in a row on the drive for a 3rd down conversion on a deep curl route. Jackson was then targeted a fourth consecutive time, hauling in a short out route for a gain of 5 and stopping the clock by running out of bounds. It was a forgettable day for Jackson, who caught only 2 of his 7 targets.
2016 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first target of the day was sailed high by Winston on Tampa Bay's second offensive drive. Vjax had broken open for what would have been a big gain. Winston missed Jackson again later in the same drive, throwing the ball behind him on a deep curl route and failing to convert 3rd and long. Vjax was Winston's intended target on the QB's second interception of the day. Jackson broke a deep out route with the defender right in his pocket, and Winston threw the ball a bit high, right into the defender's arms. Jackson and Winston really looked to be on different pages at this point in the game. Vjax finally got a nice reception on a deep slant late in the 3rd quarter. Jackson had what looked to be a big gain late in the 3rd quarter on a deep post route, but he could not complete the catch as he was taken to the ground. To his credit, Jackson continued to play hard deep into the 4th quarter when the game was obviously out of reach. He hauled in a beautiful pass from Winston on a deep out route on Tampa Bay's final drive of the game. Jackson managed to secure 4 of 9 targets on the day for 44 yards.
2016 Week 3 vs LA (6 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first target of the day was a laser from Winston that he reeled in on a deep curl route, just barely coming up short on 3rd and 22. Vjax drew a pass interference call late in the 4th as the Bucs attempted to mount a comeback, and had a short reception on a curl route on the next play. Jackson was targeted on a 2 point conversion after Cameron Brate's 2nd touchdown catch, but the ball was overthrown by Winston. Jackson picked up a 1st down on 3rd and long late in the 4th, but the catch was negated by a holding penalty on the offensive line. Vjax's final catch came as the Bucs returned from a lengthy rain delay and attempted a last minute comeback. Jackson reeled in a deep out route for a nice gain, but unfortunately let a good pass clang off his hands at the 9 yard line a few plays later in the drive.
2016 Week 4 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first reception converted 3rd and 7 on a deep route down the middle of the field. Jackson was targeted deep down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter but was badly overthrown by Winston. Vjax converted 3rd and 9 in the 2nd quarter against tight coverage with a nifty comeback route. The veteran receiver finished the day with 3 catches on 5 targets for 38 yards.
2016 Week 5 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Vjax got started early with a reception on a post route during the Bucs' first offensive drive, and had another long reception on the next drive negated by a holding penalty on the offensive line. Jackson disappeared during the middle of the game, but showed back up on the Bucs' final game-winning drive with a couple of clutch receptions to extend the drive. He finished the day with 3 receptions for 36 yards on his 5 targets.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs CAR (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Jackson didn't get on the same page with McCown until the second quarter. McCown missed Jackson on a few targets in the first quarter, mainly due to a combination of pressure and good coverage. However, Jackson eventually got into a rhythm. The Panthers were concerned with Jackson beating them deep. As a result, the Bucs ran a bunch of comeback and hitch routes with Jackson that sent him screaming down the field in what looked to be a 9-route, then cutting off and coming back toward McCown for wide open targets. The Panthers' defenders were too concerned with giving up the big play to let Jackson beat them deep. A major difference from last year was that Jackson lineup up as a split end or flanker almost every snap. Under the previous regime, Jackson often moved around the field ending up in the slot or as an inside receiver. Jackson received nine targets in the game, which tied the team high. The majority of routes run were either comeback or hitch routes. On one particular play Jackson came back to a scrambling McCown and fought through coverage to make a contested catch for a first down. It's obvious that Jackson is still the main target in the Bucs offense, but Mike Evans will also be heavily targeted this year.
2014 Week 2 vs STL (7 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Jackson underwhelmed for a second straight week. He lead the team in targets with seven, but the Bucs just aren't committed to throwing the ball often. Jackson's seven targets were ⅓ of the total targets for the day. He did have an endzone target that was completely underthrown and intercepted by the Rams. If the ball did get to him, there were two Rams defenders sizing him up anyway which would have resulted in a serious lick. His longest gain of the day came on a 20 yard out route in man coverage. Jackson lined up alone and split wide right. At the snap, he beat his man to the outside and up the sideline. As he turned to the sideline the ball sailed high in his direction. He leaped at snagged the ball at it's highest point, fighting with the defender all the way to the ground, but maintaining possession all the way through the catch. Jackson was being held to one catch for most of the game as the Buccaneers dedicated themselves to the run game, however on one drive, Jackson caught consecutive passes of 6 yards, 18 yards, and 20 yards, which salvaged his day in the box score. The Buccaneers' passing game looked decent, connecting on a few 20+ yard passes, but they didn't have the volume throwing necessary for the passing game to fill the stat sheet.
2014 Week 3 vs ATL (9 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
Despite not making a catch until late in the 4th quarter Jackson was targeted the entire game. Early in the first quarter, McCown was misfiring high and wide in Jackson's direction. When Glennon entered the game, he checked down at the first sign of no one open, so Jackson fell victim to poor quarterback play mostly. He was separating pretty well, and wasn't being jammed at the line of scrimmage to the point of not being open on certain plays. Basically, the ball just wasn't finding him. He did salvage his day with a two grabs late in the fourth quarter, however. His first catch came on a play in which he ran an out route but cut it short into a hitch-type route. Glennon and he were on the same page and made the connection for an 11-yard gain. On the next play from the 2-yard line, Glennon lofted a fade high for Jackson, he got away with a blatant shove before leaping high to pull in the touchdown. If Jackson is going to continue to be the wide receiver he has in the past, the quarterback play has to improve. Jackson is doing what he always has been to get open, using his physicality and size, but the QB just can't get it to him right now. Jackson's two receptions game on a game-high nine targets, evidence that he's not being phased out or not getting open.
2014 Week 4 vs PIT (10 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)
The Steelers held Jackson in check for the most part on Sunday, however they allowed him to snag the most important reception of the game. With under 10 seconds remaining and the Bucs trailing by 4, Jackson lined up split wide left. At the snap, it was evident the play design was for him. Glennon immediately locked on to him as he seemed to be running a slant towards the middle of the endzone, but planted his foot hard in the ground and came back towards the sideline. Jackson shook the defender and was sprinting hard for the sideline as the ball was thrown. Glennon led Jackson a little too far, which resulted in Jackson laying out for the pass and making the catch. To make sure it was secured, Jackson turned his body and banged back first off the turf while maintaining possession. Jackson tied for the team league in targets, however a few of the passes were uncatchable throw aways by Mike Glennon that were never really intended to be caught. Often times he'll just sling the ball at the feet of an eligible receiver to avoid taking a hit.
2014 Week 5 vs NO (12 / 8 / 144 / 0 rec)
Jackson finally put together the game many are accustomed to seeing from the big physical wide receiver. Jackson beat the Saints in pretty much every way on Sunday. He caught long balls, short balls, and got yards after the catch as well. Jackson made a brilliant move on a 12-yard out route and slide to make a catch, however wasn't touched by a defender. He leaped to his feet and scampered for an extra 10 yards. The most impressive part of Jackson's day has to be the yards after the catch aspect. In addition to the play described above, Jackson caught two 7-yard hitches and turned them into 40 combined yards. Jackson ran every type of route as well. He caught hitches, slants, crossing routes, back shoulder throws, and even a 35-yard catch on a busted play circus grab. At the snap, Jackson broke off the line and ran a post, Glennon scrambled to his left all the way to the sideline, twisted his body and threw a high spiral back across the field. Jackson adjusted his route and simply sprinted down field. The ball fell into his arms as defensive backs converged, but he held onto the ball after taking a few hits. Jackson played very physical at the line of scrimmage, getting off jams easily and winning balls in the air against overmatched defensive backs.
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.
2014 Week 9 vs CLE (12 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)
Vincent Jackson took a back seat to Mike Evans on the day, but still contributed to the Bucs' offense and posted a respectable stat line. Jackson's longest gain of the day came on a 22-yard back shoulder fade. He was given a free release at the line of scrimmage and ran a 9 route down the sideline. Glennon threw a floater to his back shoulder that looked intentional due to Jackson's readiness to turn around and adjust to the ball. Jackson did a great job of holding on as he was pulled out of bounds and to the ground by the defender holding his wrists. Jackson probably should have had a touchdown on a post route that Glennon threw behind him. Jackson ran a post from the slot and got behind coverage, but had to go to the ground to make the catch, which didn't allow him to take advantage of the green in front of him. Overall, Jackson had one of his better afternoon's this year. He caught half his targets, which has been an issue this year. And he did a solid job of hanging onto passes in traffic. Unfortunately, his day was overshadowed by Glennon locking on to Evans and feeding him the ball in the end zone twice.
2014 Week 10 vs ATL (13 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)
The veteran has dominated the Falcons in his four starts against Atlanta, but Mike Evans continues to earn more meaningful targets. Jackson's best catch of the day came in the first quarter up the left sideline. He had to make a leaping grab where he took a hit from the defender and landed torso-first to the boundary, straddling the sideline just enough to stay in the field of play. Although Evans made the bigger plays in this game, McCown displayed a lot of confidence in Jackson and found the big man for eight catches in this contest. Although Atlanta's secondary makes its share of mistakes and the pass rush usually isn't as effective as it was against the Buccaneers, McCown's ability to buy time and find his perimeter options with safer throws that don't tip off the opponent is a good sign for the future production of these perimeter receivers.
2014 Week 11 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans stole the show against the Redskins on Sunday accounting for 72% of the Bucs passing offense. Jackson seemed to be doing a decent job of getting separation and running solid, crisp routes. However, McCown was locked on to Evans who seemed to be running free at all times. Jackson made all three of his receptions in man coverage. The first came on a big 3rd down conversion to put the Bucs in the red zone. Jackson was in single coverage on the outside. The corner was playing off when Jackson got into his route. He pressed inside then snapped toward the sideline running a perfectly clean out route for 16 yards. His second reception was also an out route for 9 yards in which he fought for the last three. Jackson's longest gain of the game was an 18-yard post in single coverage. He fought hard to the inside and shielded the defender with his body, essentially boxing him out from having a shot at making a play. Overall, Jackson made some crucial receptions, but didn't see the volume that Evans did. Jackson had four targets compared to Evans nine. Surprisingly, Jackson played the most snaps of any receiver or tight end
2014 Week 12 vs CHI (9 / 5 / 117 / 0 rec)
Jackson had one of his best days of the season against the Bears' secondary on Sunday. Jackson saw 9 targets, accounting for just under 20% of the total target share. He only managed to haul in 5 of the 9 targets, but he made the most of each reception. Jackson averaged 23.4 yards per reception, the longest of which coming on a busted play. In the pocket, McCown avoided three rushers on three separate sack attempts before heaving the ball down field. Jackson had originally run a comeback, but broke his route off down field. Jackson made a diving grab down to the 15-yard line, landing on a Bears safety that also dove for the ball. The play was crucial in allowing the Bucs to kick a field goal and move within one score late in the fourth. Jackson made a great catch on the Buccaneers' first drive of the game. On 3rd down from the shotgun, Jackson ran a comeback to the sticks that was thrown late. The ball arrived at the same time a cornerback hammered Jackson out of bounds from behind. Despite the late throw and hard hit, Jackson tapped both his toes before tumbling out of bounds through the Bucs' bench. Jackson also made a great grab late in the 2nd quarter. The Bears were in a Cover-2 and only rushing four. Jackson ran a flag to the sideline and leaped to make a great catch high in the air. The extraordinary part about the catch was that there were three defenders in the vicinity of the pass. A corner play zone in the flat, a safety over the top, and an outside linebacker dropping towards the sideline. Jackson went up in between all three to pull down a crucial first down conversion on third down. Despite not being the most targeted player on the field on Sunday, Jackson received important targets. When the Bucs' needed to move the chains on 3rd down, the ball always seemed to go to Jackson. Overall, Jackson was very physical in this game with the Bears' corners. He beat jams and bump and runs to ultimately turn in one of his best performances of the year thus far.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs GB (6 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Jackson had the best day of all the Buccaneers' pass-catchers, but he still underperformed compared to expectations going into the game. Jackson did not see his normal volume of targets due to the Packers' offense controlling the ball for two-thirds of the game. Jackson never estabblished a rhythm with McCown. McCown was continually pressured, second errant passes all over the field. Jackson hauled in the only reception of the game that could be considered a highlight for the Bucs' offense. At the snap, Jackson fought off jam coverage down the sideline on a streak route. As he turned to look for the ball, he noticed it was far in front of him, so he laid out to make the catch, diving right into a converging safety. He held on to the ball and completed the 40-yard play. Overall, it seemed as though the pressure from the Packers disrupted the timing for Jackson and McCown. There were a slew of incomplete passes that fell to the field even before Jackson had turned to look for the ball. McCown also seemed to be missing Jackson on option routes, throwing an out when Jackson was running a hitch. Overall, Jackson had the most productive day, but it was a game in which nothing ever clicked for the offense. Jackson finished the game with a 50% catch rate, pulling in three of six targets.
2014 Week 17 vs NO (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jackson had his final game of the season cut extremely short. On the first series, Jackson caught a comeback for 11 yards that put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season. Unfortunately, Jackson wouldn't make it out of the first quarter as he reportedly strained his groin and did not return.
2013 Week 1 vs NYJ (13 / 7 / 154 / 0 rec)
Jackson proved to be a bright spot on the Tampa Bay offense. Two of his seven receptions went for 40 and 39 yards. Jackson lined up in the slot against Antonio Cromartie playing single coverage. He made a double move to the inside, caught a perfectly throw ball and raced down the hash for a big gain. On his other chunk play, he also lined up in the slot. This time, Jackson read an all out blitz and cut his route hot to catch a 5-yard hitch and turn it into a 40 yard scamper also down the hash. That play was a shoestring tackle from being a touchdown. Jackson added consecutive catches in soft coverage. Freeman notice the corner was 7 yards from the line of scrimmage and got Jackson the ball quickly on an out route and a hitch. The most alert play Jackson made all day came when the pocket broke down and Freeman improvised with a scramble right. Jackson came back to the ball down the right sideline for a 12-yard grab. If he hadn't slipped immediately, it could have been a monster gain. The Bucs lined Jackson up all over the field on Sunday. He played flanker, split end, and they even motioned him into the slot and into stack looks. This was an effort to create mismatches for Jackson. When the arose, the Bucs did a good job taking advantage.
2013 Week 2 vs NO (11 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Jackson seemed to be the only Bucs' receiver that could shake free of the Saints secondary all day long. It's evident that he has the best chemistry with Freeman, being targeted 11 times throughout the course of the game. The Buccaneers designed the opening play from scrimmage for Jackson. Freeman rolled right immediately at the snap and cut the ball loose to Jackson on a 5-yard out in soft coverage. Jackson made a great play later in the 1st quarter on a comeback route toward the sideline. He made a diving catch between two defenders that could have been a pick six. Unfortunately for Jackson, the best play of his day didn't even count. In the middle of the third quarter, down six points, Freeman snapped the ball from a single back look and play faked to Martin. Jackson streaked down the sideline and Freeman heaved the ball high and long. Jackson and the defensive back stopped dead in their tracks as the ball was under-thrown and both leaped in the air for the stab. Jackson hauled it in and broke free into the end zone, but the play was called back on an illegal formation. Jackson came up big again in the clutch on the last drive for the Bucs. With only a few minutes to go in the fourth, Jackson lined up in the slot. At the snap he shook Jabari Greer on a deep out that netted 20 yards before being tattooed by Vacarro, but still holding on to the ball. Later in the same drive, Jackson again in the slot, ran a post over the middle for 18 yards before being up-ended by Jenkins near mid-field. Jackson is the far and away number one receiver for the Bucs. His stat line isn't great, but if you add in the touchdown called back, it's another monster day.
2013 Week 3 vs NE (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Despite making a few nice grabs against the Patriots, the most important news concerning Jackson remains his exit with a rib injury in the third quarter. There really wasn't much mention of the severity, nor the exact injury from the Buccaneers, but Jackson didn't return for the rest of the game. Freeman targeted Jackon six times, connecting on three for 34 yards. Jackson contributed to the interception thrown by Freeman. On the out route that was picked by Talib, Jackson rounded his break to the sideline instead of making a hard cut and it allowing Talib to sneak under the route for the pick. This would be a big loss for the Bucs as Freeman looked even more lost than usual after Jackson exited.
2013 Week 4 vs ARI (11 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Jackson's rib injury undoubtedly limited his effectiveness against the Cardinals. Glennon targeted Jackson eleven times, the most of any other Bucs pass-catcher, but he could only come up with two receptions on the day. Jackson did an excellent job on Patrick Peterson for his first of two catches on the day. Peterson played soft coverage, so Jackson drove him down field and as soon as Peterson opened his hips to turn and run with him, Jackson broke the route off for a comeback to the sideline to gain 13 yards. On his second catch, Jackson ran a skinny post and sat down in front of two defenders as Glennon zipped the ball right into his hands for 14 yards. Both completions came on play action and were uncontested by a defender. Jackson had trouble making catches in traffic or through contact on Sunday, most likely due to tender ribs. On certain throws it seemed as though Glennon overthrew Jackson, but they are catches Jackson could normally make. Two notable plays were both in press coverage in which Peterson bumped Jackson hard and got him off his route. Jackson never recovered and finished the route on either play, hanging Glennon out to dry and making his pass seem overthrown. Basically, Jackson only converted easy catches in which he broke wide open. When the passes were contested or required beating jam coverage, he couldn't haul them in.
2013 Week 6 vs PHI (14 / 9 / 114 / 2 rec)
Jackson turned in the best performance of the season against a struggling Eagles' secondary. His first touchdown occurred in very soft zone coverage in a high percentage run situation. Eagles were looking run all the way on the play. Glennon play faked to Martin sucking up the linebackers. Jackson ran a perfect post route over the middle. Glennon zipped the ball over the linebackers and hit Jackson in stride as he slipped past a converging safety for the touchdown. The second touchdown, a 1-yard fade, saw Jackson leap over a smaller corner and snag the ball with strong hands in the corner of the end zone while tapping his feet. Anytime the Bucs recognize single coverage for Jackson, they try to throw him a 50/50 ball and trust he'll be the guy that comes down with it. Jackson stepped up with the absence of Mike Williams and imposed his will against the Eagles. Early in the third, Jackson split out wide and drove his man hard down field with what looked like a fly route, but he broke it off and came back for a 16 yard comeback catch. The Bucs featured Jackson a ton in the slot before this game, however the lack of depth at the position forced Jackson to split out wide and play either the X or Z position. One of his most important catches did come from the slot backed up on the Bucs' 1 yard line. At the snap, the Eagles backers all dropped into zone coverage a bit too far, allowing Jackson to catch a wide open crossing route and turn it up field for a 12 yard gain. Glennon targeted Jackson 14 total times on Sunday, looking his way on just about every route in the playbook. Jackson caught fades, posts, comebacks, drags, digs. Basically, the Bucs tried to get Jackson the ball anyway they could. Jackson over-matched the Eagles secondary physically, using his leaping ability and strong hands to make catches in traffic and secure yards after the catch for his best performance of the season.
2013 Week 7 vs ATL (22 / 10 / 138 / 2 rec)
There is no doubt Jackson is Mike Glennon's favorite target. After targeting him twenty-five times in the last two games, Glennon slung the ball his way twenty-two times against the Falcons, half of the forty-four passes he threw. Once again, the Buccaneers moved Jackson all over the field in order to exploit match-ups in the Atlanta's man-to-man coverage. Jackson caught balls from the flanker, split-end, and slot positions on a variety of routes. Jackson cashed in on a streak down the seam while being defended by Asante Samuel. Glennon recognized Jackson had a one-on-one match-up with Samuel down field and chucked it deep. Jackson made a great play on a somewhat under-thrown ball. Jackson turned and back-pedaled waiting for the ball to reach him. As it arrived, Samuel had Jackson bodied up with great coverage, but Jackson stuck his arm out of pulled the ball in with one hand pinning it against his body. He waltzed freely into the end-zone from there. On his second touchdown catch of the day, he used a skill he has perfected during his time in the NFL. Lined up on a an island at the goal line, he leaped and snagged a back-shoulder fade before tapping his toes for the touchdown. Jackson beat the jam off the line by using his hands and sprung off the ground to catch the ball at it's highest point. He seems to make that catch every time it's thrown his way. The entire day, Jackson over-powered his defender. With his size and strength he was very hard to jam at the line of scrimmage. Jackson used his quick hands and feet to be bump and run coverage all game. Jackson snagged a few out routes on the day, a pattern they love to run for Jackson when he is in single man coverage. Jackson runs a 7 yard out and Glennon throws it high and wide where only Jackson can make the play. Jackson continued to rack up the catches in the final moments of the game. On the Bucs final drive, Glennon hit Jackson on a post route after he shook free with a double move and rumbled down deep into Falcon territory. Jackson added some great run blocking to his tape as well, springing Martin for a big 16 yard gain with a nice kick out of a defensive back.
2013 Week 8 vs CAR (13 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Jackson again led the team in targets against the Panthers on Thursday night. Despite leading the team in targets, Glennon spread the ball around more in this contest. Jackson had a terrible drop on third down in the first quarter. He was manned up on a corner, beat him to the inside, and simply dropped the well thrown ball from Glennon. He made a nice play coming back to a scrambling Glennon to catch a 29 yard pass near the sidelines. He redeemed himself on the next drive. Making the exact same catch that he'd dropped earlier when he beat man coverage on a slant route. In the second half, the Buccaneers changed their game plan for Jackson. In the first half he mostly lined up as a split end on the outside running comebacks and slants. In the second half, he ran a bunch of out routes from the slot. Jackson caught an 11-yard and 15-yard out route from the slot. The Panthers caught on quickly and began breaking up the out route by jumping it. They also broke up a nice square in from the slot as well late in the fourth quarter. Many of Jackson's 13 targets were uncatchable. Specifically, Glennon threw two passes out of bounds on streaks down the sideline by Jackson. On this type of throw, Glennon should have at least given Jackson a shot to make the play. Instead, the ball sailed out of bounds on both throws and into the back of the end zone. The Panthers did a great job anticipating the routes Jackson would be running. They had a few pass break-ups as a result. Overall, Jackson's sub-par game was a combination of drops, good defense, and poor throws from Glennon. He had opportunities, but they just couldn't convert in this particular game.
2013 Week 9 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
The boatload of targets came to a screeching halt for Vincent Jackson against the Buccaneers. Both Seahawks cornerbacks, Sherman and Browner, matched up with Jackson and shut him down. They were very physical through his entire route-running. They jammed at the line and continued the tugging and jerking as Jackson's route developed. The physicality of the Seahawks corner play altered Glennon and Jacksonís timing. Jackson also didn't do a great job of coming back to the football when Glennon scrambled, which occurred often on Sunday. The Seahawks had a great game plan for Jackson, they also leaned on the run much more than they have in the past few games. Both passes caught by Jackson came when he lined up in the slot. The Bucs attempted to get Jackson open by motioning him all over the formation and lining him up in different positions, but Browner and Sherman did an excellent job of being aware of Jackson's whereabouts on the field and shutting him down. Glennon neglected to force feed Jackson the ball because Tampa had the lead and it just wasn't necessary. If the Bucs had been trailing, I think more passes would have been forced Jackson's way.
2013 Week 10 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Tampa Bay lined up Jackson in the slot often, like they have been all season. He caught two crossing routes on the first two drives and another out route from the slot later in the second quarter. For the most part, Brent Grimes kept Jackson in check the entire night. He is a much smaller than Jackson, but he played physical at the line of scrimmage. Grimes followed Jackson into the slot a few times, but mostly played the traditional corner back position. Jackson's night can be summed up on back-to-back plays in which he made absolutely no effort to go after passes thrown his way. Specifically on a fly route down the right sideline in which he came to a complete stop as the ball traveled over his head. The play left many players and spectators stunned. As Glennon threw the ball to Jackson and the camera panned down field, Jackson was slowing down, watching the catchable pass sail over his head. Jackson saw a total of eight targets. The passes he didn't catch were either well defended by the Dolphins defense or he lacked the effort to make a play.
2013 Week 11 vs ATL (12 / 10 / 165 / 1 rec)
Jackson returned to dominance against the Falcons on Sunday. He struggled in the last couple contests, not even seeing his usual amount of targets. But against the Falcons that all changed. Jackson was a physical mismatch for Falcon corners. The Bucs again line Jackson up every where trying to exploit size mismatches. They succeeded in getting Jackson lined up across from smaller, weaker defenders and proceeded to take advantage. Jackson caught his lone touchdown pass late in the game when he beat a corner in press coverage and elevated high in the air to bring down a Mike Glennon fade. He held on to the ball as the defender swiped at it furiously. Glennon targeted Jackson early and often, a total of 11 of his 23 attempted passes. Jackson came up with some amazing non-scoring plays as well on Sunday. The first came on a play-action fake fly route in which Glennon under threw him. Jackson streaked down the right side of the field but had to slow down and wait under a high fly ball. Amidst defenders, Jackson made the 53-yard catch falling backwards, setting the Bucs up with a 1st and Goal. The most dazzling catch of the day came on an out and up route by Jackson down the right sideline. He was matched up with Asante Samuel, but out-leaped him and reached out with one hand to reel in the pass from Glennon. The Buccaneers ran Jackson over the middle a great deal against the Falcons. They lined him up in the slot, out wide, and in bunch formations. From these positions, they call mostly crossing routes. Jackson did a great job of finding holes in the zone and coming wide open over the middle. Every completion to Jackson seemed as though he got great separation from the defender.
2013 Week 12 vs DET (3 / 2 / 61 / 0 rec)
Jackson received a season low three targets throughout the course of Sunday's contest with the Lions. Jackson began the game on fire, so it looked like it'd be another torching of a porous secondary for Jackson. However, after his only two catches, the Lions started to roll coverage towards his side of the field. It seemed as though there was either bracket coverage or a safety lingering over the top of Jackson on every play. Glennon began to hit teammates Tiquan Underwood and Tim Wright throughout the second half with success. The need to force it to Jackson didn't present itself in this contest. Jackson did make two nice catches on the day. On a play-action fake to Bobby Rainey, Jackson beat zone coverage down the sideline. Glennon under threw the ball, but Jackson leaped over the trailing defender to haul in the 47 yard grab. The second catch allowed the Bucs to get into better field goal range on 3rd and 19. Jackson ran a crossing pattern that the Lions allowed to be completed because it was short of the first down. Jackson wiggled through the defense and almost reached the first down, but came up short. The Buccaneers ran the same crossing route for Jackson early in the 3rd quarter, but Lions' linebacker Levy crushed Jackson as he came over the middle jarring the ball loose. Overall, this game showed that despite having the highest percentage of his team's receiving yardage of any player in the league, Glennon will find other options if the defense chooses to take Jackson out of the game.
2013 Week 13 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Vincent Jackson didn't have an easy time beating press coverage and separating from his defender like he usually does. Glennon only looked Jackson's way 4 times the entire game. On Jackson's best catch of the day, he was flanked out wide in double coverage. There was a corner in press coverage and a safety over the top of Jackson. Jackson somehow made a move to get a free release without much jamming from the corner. Jackson streaked past the safety who thought the corner could put up more of a fight. Jackson hauled in a 60 yard floater, but was tripped up at the 4 just before getting into the end zone. Jackson's last two receptions on the day came from the slot. The first was a square in towards the middle of the field for 7 yards, beating zone coverage. The second was a hot route in which no one lined up over Jackson, so Glennon immediately zipped him the ball at the snap. Other than those three receptions, the Carolina defense held Jackson in check. Glennon is getting better at spreading the ball around to the open receiver. He isn't forcing it Jackson's way any more. There are a few Bucs players receiving equal numbers of targets lately, rather than V. Jax getting all the work.
2013 Week 14 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 70 / 1 rec)
Once again Vincent Jackson is the go to receiver for Mike Glennon. Jackson hooked up with Glennon on a 38 yard touchdown pass that he should get all the credit for. Jackson ran a comeback route to the sideline, but recognized Glennon was scrambling away from pressure. He broke the route off deep to give Glennon a target. Glennon under threw a jump ball to the end zone, but Jackson adjusted, fought through interference and made a catch falling down. Unfortunately for Jackson, all of his three catches were made on that scoring drive. He was held without a catch after the two minute mark of the first quarter. Once Jackson made the touchdown grab, the Bills shifted focus to Jackson. They rolled safeties over the top of him, jammed him at the line of scrimmage, and put the physical Gilmore on him the entire game. Being up big early, Glennon didn't have to force it to Jackson to make plays. The Bucs ran the ball and found the open receiver for the rest of the game. Jackson seemed to have trouble with the man coverage, especially with the physical nature of the Bills' defensive backs. The Bucs did as the always do and moved Jackson all over the formation, but Glennon just couldn't find him after the first quarter. The Bills adjusted their game plan to take Jackson away and it worked.
2013 Week 15 vs SF (8 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)
Glennon decided not to force the ball to Jackson in the first half. He only saw two of his eight targets before halftime. One of those targets came in the form of an eight yard touchdown catch, though. Jackson lined up in the slot, got a great jump at the snap, and pushed the route to the outside. At the last second, Jackson snapped the route into a post over the middle, gaining a step on the safety assigned to him. Glennon fit the ball in nicely, while Jackson used his body to shield the defender from making a play. He did an excellent job of holding onto the pass as the defender ripped at it from behind. Jackson heated up in the second half. For some reason, the San Francisco defense decided to play soft coverage on Jackson in the second half. Possibly because they didn't want him to burn them deep. But this allowed Jackson a clean release off the line. He caught a 16 yard out route, 9 yard hitch, and 11 yard comeback all in a relatively short period of time by taking advantage of the loose coverage. On each route, Jackson was wide open for an easy grab. For the most part, the 49ers kept Jackson in check, mainly by holding him in front of them and not allowing him to beat them for a long touchdown which he has done to many teams this year.
2013 Week 16 vs STL (10 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a productive day relative to the rest of his teammates on Sunday. Jackson worked out of the traditional flanker position often during the game, more often than usual. He caught a 30 yard post route by faking the corner on a double move and cutting hard to the inside. The pass was completed down to the 3 yard line, setting up a Rainey touchdown run. He also caught a 22 yard pass on the same exact play, except Jackson broke the route off and sat down in the hole in the zone instead of continuing the route across the field. The Rams sold out to stop the run, bringing backers and safeties close to the line of scrimmage, not leaving any underneath help for the corners on Jackson. As a result, Jackson was able to beat one-on-one coverage for big gains on a few occasions. The corners didn't press Jackson, so he had a free release on most routes, as well. Jackson eclipsed his career best for receptions in the 2nd quarter. They ran Jackson across the formation at the snap as if he was going to make a kick out block on the play action, but he leaked out into the flat for a dump off that he rumbled down the hash for 11 yards. Overall, Jackson's day could have been better had he converted an end zone target, but he still used his athletic ability to beat defensive backs in single coverage for nearly 100 yards.
2013 Week 17 vs NO (12 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Jackson had several chances to make plays against the Saints, but he turned in one of his worst catch rates of the season. Jackson saw 12 targets throughout the game, but only hauled in 12 passes. The Buccaneers moved Jackson all over the field as they've done all year. He worked out of the slot, where he caught his nicest ball of the afternoon on an out route to the sideline for 12 yards. He also worked out of the traditional flanker and split end positions. The Saints corners were overly physical with Jackson, bumping him a good deal at the line. This limited his effectiveness throughout the game. Glennon did make some poor throws that Jackson could have hauled in had they been a tad more accurate.
2012 Week 1 vs CAR (10 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Vincent Jackson had a point to prove in his Tampa Bay debut, and he did it with aplomb. Jackson is the perfect receiver for Schiano's offense; he will be a terror to cover on short to intermediate routes and his big body can be used to outmuscle and outfight defenders for the football in tight windows. Josh Freeman showed his trust in his new toy several times throughout the game. Although Jackson dropped a catchable pass late in the game on a slant route, he had an impact throughout. He is also a willing and capable blocker, and he showed his talent there on several nice runs by Doug Martin. Jackson also had a long gain negated by a penalty and a long pass interference penalty committed against him. Jackson may not have the statistical upside in Tampa Bay that he had in San Diego, but his opportunity is there and Freeman clearly trusts him.
2012 Week 2 vs NYG (10 / 5 / 128 / 1 rec)
Vincent Jackson was a thorn in the side of the Giants all game long. Jackson was wide open in many circumstances for the Bucs and made big catches for his team throughout. Jackson started off the day with a bang, streaking down the sideline and hauling in a big gain down the field. Jackson used his size advantage and good speed to put himself in the best position to beat out defenders for the ball. Jackson was able to manoeuvre his way through soft zone coverage at times like a veteran WR and give Freeman a big target to throw to. Jackson had a shot at a touchdown early on but Freeman overthrew him and it fell incomplete just short of his outstretched arms. Jackson came back however, and performed a similar play as he got behind the defense and leapt up to grab the touchdown pass after a terrific throw from Freeman that gave just enough distance for his WR to connect with it. Jackson showed the good chemistry he has developed with Josh Freeman, as the duo hooked up with a nice looking back shoulder pass for a big first down. Jackson took a big hit late in the game but held onto the ball after a vicious shot from a Giants safety. He was also able to haul in another bomb from Freeman late in the game but it was too little too late for the Bucs. Jackson showed he still has the speed and hands that combine with his speed to prove he has what it takes to be the #1 WR for Tampa Bay.
2012 Week 3 vs DAL (7 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Jackson had multiple targets on the day but Josh Freeman's atrocious accuracy made it impossible for him to capitalize on single coverage down low. The Cowboys did rotate a safety to his side for deep patterns, but Jackson was open often on crossing patterns and quick-outs; quarterback Josh Freeman simply lacked the accuracy to place the ball anywhere near his star receiver's hands. Williams' loan catch came on a quick hook pattern to the left side. On the play, Williams showed excellent athletic ability in jumping higher than the defender and securing the ball cleanly with his hands for a 29 yard gain. The reception was Tampa Bay's longest play from scrimmage for the day.
2012 Week 4 vs WAS (11 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)
The mercurial former Charger proved to the home crowd that breaking the bank for him was worth it. One of the NFL's deadliest combinations of size, speed, and athleticism, Jackson roasted the feeble Redskins secondary for exactly one hundred yards on six catches, including a seven-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman in which he simply out-muscled double coverage. He made the highlight reel on Sunday when he burned Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on an isolation route, streaking downfield to haul in a beautiful pass from Josh Freeman for a fifty-four yard gain. Jackson led all Buccaneers receivers with eleven targets. He actually could have had a much bigger day given those targets, but, as Jackson is wont to do, appeared out-of-sync with quarterback Josh Freeman in the first half. He also caught a twenty-two yard pass from Freeman in the red zone, but got tackled two yards short of the goal line. Still, as a notorious feast-or-famine receiver, Jackson ate well on Sunday against the Redskins.
2012 Week 6 vs KC (8 / 4 / 66 / 2 rec)
Jackson's first touchdown could not have been much easier. He ran a good post route against zone coverage and the Chiefs just forgot to account for him. His second touchdown came against much tighter coverage and Jackson showed great balance to stumble into the end zone. He was missed by Freeman for what would have been another touchdown if he had thrown it over the correct shoulder.
2012 Week 7 vs NO (14 / 7 / 216 / 1 rec)
Vincent Jackson was way too athletic for the New Orleans Saints defensive backs in this game. Whenever Jackson was in single coverage, it was an easy completion for Josh Freeman. His touchdown reception proved that as he easily beat Patrick Robinson on the outside. Jackson sidestepped Robinson at the line of scrimmage, before running straight down the field and diving for the endzone. While Jackson had easy matchups all day, he also worked hard to help his quarterback whenever he had to hang in the pocket. Jackson made multiple big catches when late in plays. Jackson's biggest reception of the game came with the Buccaneers backed up against their own goalline. Jackson ran down the left sideline and showed excellent concentration to catch a pass he initially bobbled before sprinting down the sideline for a 95 yard reception. Jackson was only stopped short of the goalline because of excellent effort from Malcolm Jenkins.
2012 Week 8 vs MIN (6 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)
Jackson had very few opportunities against Minnesota. The offense was very Doug Martin-centric as the running game had success early in the game. Freeman's throws to Jackson were off-target more often than not. Jackson high-pointed a pass that was lobbed high in the air when Freeman was hit as he released that ball. In addition to that play, Jackson's lone positive play came when he juked a defensive back out of his cleats on a third down route, getting wide open for the conversion. Even with the missed opportunities of Freeman's inaccurate passes, Jackson's ceiling of production was not all that high in this game. Mike Williams was seeing far more 1-on-1 matchups that Freeman targeted as well as the early success of the run game. In a game that Tampa Bay controlled from the outset, Jackson's staple big plays were not required to move the ball and comfortably win the game.
2012 Week 9 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 84 / 1 rec)
Vincent Jackson only had four targets in the whole game and two of them came on the same drive. They were also his only two receptions of the game. He exploded for a deep reception on the very first play of the second quarter. Josh Freeman hung in the pocket, and Jackson came free on a deep post route behind two Raiders' defenders. The ball was slightly underthrown so Jackson was forced to work back to it. The 65 yard reception was followed by a personal foul penalty on Jackson that cost him 15 yards. The receiver quickly atoned for his mistake however, as Freeman found him wide open in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown.
2012 Week 10 vs SD (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Facing his former team for the first time, Jackson had a relatively quiet performance considering the stats he's been putting up lately. He did have a team high five receptions in the game and managed to haul in a 31-yard grab down the sideline late in the game. But aside from that one long gain, he had four catches for just 28 yards (suggesting that most of his catches were short and the underneath variety). The Bucs won because their offense was efficient in this game, but it was not explosive. Jackson did help on one second half pass play where it appeared the defender was about to intercept the ball, but instead Jackson stepped in front of it and wrestled it away for a first down catch.
2012 Week 11 vs CAR (11 / 6 / 94 / 1 rec)
Vincent Jackson thrived in the fourth quarter as the Bucs managed to put together a game-tying and subsequent game-winning drive on the back of his catches. The Panthers' pass rush caused a lot of problems in the first three-and-a-half quarters, but they tired in the waning moments. As a result, Freeman had more time to find Jackson on quick slants, deep outs and the key play of the game. With less than twenty seconds remaining, Jackson ran a skinny post pattern. Freeman tossed a beautiful pass between three Panther defenders just underneath the goalposts. Jackson caught it in traffic and tapped both feet in a wonderful show of hands and body control. The pass was incredible, but the catch was a thing of beauty. Up against rookie CB Josh Norman for most of the day, Jackson used his route-running savvy to get open, but the rookie held his ground as well. It was an impressive display from the veteran.
2012 Week 12 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first reception came from receiver Mike Williams on a gadget play when he was wide open down the field. Jackson caught a 20 yard pass just shy of the endzone. The pass was slightly underthrown, but Jackson likely wouldn't have made the endzone either way. He didn't catch his first pass from Josh Freeman until the third quarter when he beat a defender deep down the left sideline and extended for the ball while keeping his feet inbounds. It was an excellent catch between the deep safety and cornerback he had lost underneath. Freeman was almost intercepted when he tried to hit Jackson deep and the receiver couldn't react to an underthrown pass, before the duo connected again on first and 21 when Jackson ran a crossing route before catching a 10 yard pass with a defender on his back. Later in the same drive, Freeman hit Jackson on an in route for 11 yards on second and 10. When the Falcons blitzed Freeman on a three step drop, Jackson was wide open on a quick out route for a first down and a 10 yard gain.
2012 Week 13 vs DEN (8 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
While the uniform he donned may be different, the result on the field was very similar for Jackson. Just as he was when he was with the Chargers, Champ Bailey shadowed Jackson for the majority of the game, resulting in eight targets, but only three catches (with two coming in garbage time). Jackson did have a nice 18-yard grab early in the game, faking the block on a quick screen before working the sideline (and taking a shot in as he extended), but didn't record another catch until the game was well at hand. Jackson's next catch went for 12 yards, a short curl over the middle. The following drive, Jackson picked up his long for the day, a 24-yard catch over the middle. The same drive, Jackson did finally get behind the coverage, but Freeman underthrew Jackson and Rahim Moore was able to just get a hand up and tip the ball away. Jackson was standing on the goal line as the ball hit Moore's hand and ricocheted off the WR's shoulder pads, saving what would have been a TD for Jackson.
2012 Week 14 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 131 / 1 rec)
Jackson was the highlight player in the Tampa Bay passing game against Philadelphia. He showed off his downfield ball skills on a gorgeous full-extension catch for 40 yards. Jackson also converted his lone red zone opportunity, catching a slant and barreling into the end zone after the catch. Jackson's productive day could have been quite a bit better if not for the struggles of Josh Freeman. Jackson shook free on two different occasions on deep routes, but was overthrown both times. Those missed opportunities prevented Jackson's 130-yard day from being close to 200 against the Eagles. Next week, Jackson gets a New Orleans secondary that he lit up for 7/216/1 earlier in the season.
2012 Week 15 vs NO (12 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Jackson led the offense in every statistical category, including 12 targets. However, his first catch did not come until late in the 3rd quarter as all his numbers can be attributed to garbage time. On that same drive Jackson picked up four of his six catches. Jackson's biggest play was a target in the first half that saw Freeman expecting him to break his route in and resulted in Freeman's 2nd INT. Jackson just missed a TD early in the 4th quarter as Freeman threw him a jump ball in the end zone, but Greer made one of his many fine defensive plays, elevating and deflecting the ball away from Jackson.
2012 Week 16 vs STL (15 / 7 / 108 / 0 rec)
Jackson had fewer mistakes than his counterpart, instead suffering more from Freeman's inaccuracy. Three of Jackson's seven catches came on Tampa's first drive, when Freeman was able to stand in the pocket and deliver crisp balls to his receivers. Jackson was able to contribute in the short and medium passing game, catching one great throw over the middle and showing strong hands to hold on the catch while taking a heavy hit. Freeman also targeted Jackson repeatedly in the end zone, but often overthrew the large receiver. Jackson also caught a couple of wide receiver screens, but neither was well blocked and Jackson was forced to use his power to bully his way past tacklers. Jackson's long catch of 41 yards came on a broken play, as Freeman scrambled Jackson cut inside on a deep route and Freeman hit the wide receiver in stride. With a lot of space ahead of him, Jackson was able to sprint through and get Tampa in the red zone. Jackson also contributed another catch on a well executed play-action rollout, catching in space and turning up field. Unfortunately for Jackson, his high number of targets weren't all catchable, as Freeman often threw the ball too far or straight out of bounds, not giving Jackson the opportunity to make a play.
2012 Week 17 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Jackson saw his fewest targets since Week 9 and many of those targets were not all that accurate from Josh Freeman against Atlanta. Most of his targets were low throws, the opposite of what you want to see for such a big, imposing target on the outside. Freeman led Jackson across the field on a crossing route and right into a huge hit early in the game. It could have been called a helmet-to-helmet penalty, but nevertheless, his quarterback led him right into a big collision. Jackson was underthrown on his two deep targets, neither being thrown up high where he can do his biggest damage. Two of Jackson's catches came on additional low throws, digging them out and turning them into big plays. One Jackson turned up field for a 27-yard gain and the other converted a clutch third-and-long with six minutes to go. After a very strong start to the season, Jackson finishes with just one touchdown over the final six games and caught less than half of his gaudy 147 targets for the year. While nearly 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns can hardly be called a disappointment, Freeman and Jackson clearly have some work to do in the offseason to get on the same page.
2011 Week 1 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Jackson, expected to join the league's elite wide receivers this year, had an abnormally quiet game. The Vikings did a great job in coverage and a better job of applying pressure to Philip Rivers up front, which resulted in the Chargers doing most of their damage in the short passing game. Jackson very easily could have had a 43 yard touchdown, but ran a bad route. As he was making his move, the defender was clearly beaten. But Jackson, supposedly thinking he wasn't getting the ball on the play, slowed down as he was coming out of his break. Had he kept full speed all the way through, he would have had an easy 43 yard touchdown. He beat the defender by two steps and was wide open in the end zone, but the timing was just a bit off as Philip Rivers deep pass sailed just a bit beyond his outstretched arms as he dove.
2011 Week 2 vs NE (15 / 10 / 172 / 2 rec)
Jackson had arguably a career-best game, despite just one reception through the game's first 18 minutes of play. Oddly, the great majority of his receptions came on crossing routes and slants and not on his trademark deep jump balls and bombs. While he had a couple of drops here and there, he was clearly the go-to guy for Rivers the entire second half. With TE Antonio Gates being blanketed and eventually shut out and WR Malcom Floyd leaving the game with an injury, someone in the San Diego passing attack needed to provide a spark, and it turned out to be Jackson. He simply made tough catch after tough catch, multiple third down conversions to keep drives alive, and somehow continually getting open despite being the only legitimate threat in the deep passing game. He hauled in his first score of the game when he tip-toed the back line of the end zone to snag a floater from Rivers which cut the gap to 20-14. His second touchdown reception was simply a thing of beauty, and something very few receivers in the league today would be able to do. As a New England defender stood in the end zone waiting for the ball to drop out of the air and into his arms, Jackson went all the way across the play and snagged it with one hand to haul it in for an amazing score just before it would have been intercepted. That score put the Chargers down just seven, though they wouldn't be able to draw any closer.
2011 Week 3 vs KC (8 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Coming off one of the best performances of his career, Jackson's exploits may have helped contribute to his limited contributions in this one. He was involved in the offense, but couldn't really get enough time to get downfield and bring in the big play. Still, he seems much more patient this year as he's able to work the short and intermediate routes in the middle of the field better than he ever has before. He's still Rivers' favorite target, just that there was more attention paid to him than usual in this game with both Floyd and Gates out.
2011 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 108 / 1 rec)
Jackson broke free for a long gain, fell down, got back up and waltzed into the endzone for Rivers' only touchdown. Jackson also showcased his abilities to get behind the defense on 2 other occasions, as he finished with 108 yards and was virtually unstoppable in the first half. But he felt his leg tighten and didn't catch anything in the 2nd half. Jackson's deep speed and size make him such a tempting option downfield, and he rarely disappoints. Without Gates, Jackson's numbers should be exceptional as the season progresses.
2011 Week 5 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Coming into the game with a hamstring issue, Jackson appeared to lack his usual explosiveness. Of course, Champ Bailey may have had a little something to do with that as well. He had a handful of grabs to keep drives moving, although he did record his first reception of 2011 that did NOT result in a first down late in the fourth quarter. He wasn't as heavily involved in the game plan, as the Chargers spread it around a lot more and attacked from a couple of different angles. In addition, San Diego had a pretty big lead for most of the second half and kind of took the air out of the ball a bit too soon. That probably helps explain why Jackson's involvement was limited as well.
2011 Week 7 vs NYJ (8 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jackson was blanketed in coverage by All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis for much of the game, so it comes as no surprise that he had a very quiet performance. He had just one reception, and it did come while being covered by Revis, but that was the end of his productivity. He was targeted on a third down deep ball, but the ball was overthrown by quite a bit. There was perfect coverage by Revis anyway. On two fourth quarter targets (neither of which featured Revis covering him), Jackson allowed the ball to go off his hands for one interception and then had the defender step in front of him for the pick on another.
2011 Week 8 vs KC (8 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Jackson was almost completely taken out of the game by Brandon Flowers. He caught a deep pass on the first play of the game but could not come down in bounds because of the tight coverage. He had a couple of short catches throughout the game when he was matched up with Brandon Carr, but was relatively silent through the first 3 quarters of the game. He did have a huge 26 yard catch, when Rivers bought extra time and Jackson was able to find an opening. Although the Chargers seemed to come into the game with a plan to get him involved early and deep, that never materialized as Jackson could not get open consistently.
2011 Week 9 vs GB (12 / 7 / 141 / 3 rec)
Jackson, who has disappointed fantasy owners for most of the season, redeemed himself in a big way with his performance in this game. He got wide open for a catch on the first play of the game, and his regular involvement continued after that point. He got wide open behind the defense for an easy score on San Diego's first possession, and soon after picked up a big gain downfield on a jump ball. The play very much looked like the classic San Diego deep bomb offense that we've come to know in recent seasons, as Jackson picked up 38 yards off a nice play action fake. Jackson was mostly quiet in the second half until late in the fourth quarter. He took advantage of some defensive miscommunication to once again find a hole in the corner of the end zone for another wide open score. And then three plays after a recovered onside kick, Jackson again got lost behind the defense along the back line. Rivers found him deep downfield for the 29-yard score to put the Chargers down just seven points. Jackson's three scores tied a career high, and the connection between he and Philip Rivers that has seemed lost at times this season was definitely in full effect in this game. Unfortunately for San Diego, Jackson was the intended target on what was essentially the game-clinching interception as San Diego's furious comeback attempt fell short.
2011 Week 10 vs OAK (7 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
A week after a huge three touchdown performance, Jackson again shrunk and was nowhere to be found for most of the game. His first target didn't even come until there were thirty seconds left in the first half, and he only managed one catch the entire game. After being shut out all game long, the Chargers took a few deep shots to him late in the game. He managed to get open on one of them, but Rivers overthrew him by a good five yards or so. And then on the biggest back-breaking play for the Chargers, Jackson was targeted deep in the end zone on a potential game-tying pass. Jackson either simply gave up on his route or failed to find the football in the air. Whatever the reason, the pass ended up getting intercepted by the raiders in the end zone - which also enraged Philip Rivers to no end. For the talk about Jackson being a true number one receiver option, he disappeared for very long stretches of this game, something that has plagued him ever since becoming a starter for the Chargers.
2011 Week 11 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 165 / 1 rec)
Jackson regained the form that had gone missing in last week's game, hauling in a number of long bombs from QB Philip Rivers, and the two were very clearly on the same page for most of the afternoon. He started his damage by bringing in a 24-yard fade deep down the sideline on a perfectly thrown ball over the defender's shoulder. He followed up with a very easy back shoulder catch for 32 as he kept beating the Bears on that sideline. Soon after, Jackson added a very nice fingertip grab on a ball thrown over his shoulder for 39, and he and Rivers were clearly in great sync together. Jackson had a chance to add a touchdown later in the first half on a sidearm pass from Rivers, but he tried to catch and turn at the goal line too quickly and ended up dropping the ball. He quickly made up for that by bringing in a 47-yard bomb to open the second half, and did a great job to somehow hold onto the football despite taking a big hit just as the ball arrived. The touchdown that eluded him earlier was then secured later in the quarter when he snagged a quick slant in the end zone and hung on despite taking another big hit and getting his legs tangled a bit. One of Jackson's rare misses came late in the fourth quarter, as he appeared to get wide open near the end zone up the right sideline. Rivers, however, never saw him and instead dumped it off to Mike Tolbert for a minimal gain. After the return from commercial, CBS showed a different angle on the Jackson route which showed that there actually was a safety in his vicinity. However, at worst it would have been one on one coverage, which is typically a situation Rivers loves throwing into with Jackson as the target. It was the first sign of a crack in their rapport in the game, perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come. Rivers tried hooking up with Jackson for a touchdown along the back line of the end zone, but miscommunication resulted in an interception instead. Rivers thought Jackson was going to break off the route and curl to the inside. Jackson instead remained along the back line, and the Chicago defender stepped in front of the pass for an easy interception in the end zone, all but ending the Chargers' chances.
2011 Week 12 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jackson didn't record his first catch until early in the second quarter. It was a short pass, which he turned upfield for a first down by fighting for yardage after contact. His only other catch was an awesome grab over the middle on a ball thrown well behind him. The pass from Philip Rivers was low and behind Jackson, but the receiver showed great hands to go low and go get it while picking up a key first down. A better pass thrown in stride would've resulted in a big gain because there wasn't much in front of Jackson as he neared the sideline, but likely wouldn't have been a score.
2011 Week 13 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 72 / 1 rec)
Jackson has tended to be mostly boom or bust this season, but in this game he was just plain solid. Of course, he managed a terrific 35-yard touchdown reception on a bomb from QB Philip Rivers that really enhanced Jackson's final stat line. On the play, he easily beat his man one on one, and as the ball arrived he nearly dropped it. But instead ,he tipped it to himself, regrouped, and hauled the pass in as he fell to the ground in the end zone. The big play was nice, but he also contributed to the little things. On several occasions, the telecast made mention of Jackson running hard on routes where the ball wasn't going to him (acting as a decoy to pull the safety away from the intended target) or blocking downfield for the running backs.
2011 Week 14 vs BUF (9 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Jackson wasn't involved very much in the first half at all, which often means that he disappears from action for most of the game to follow. His first reception of the game didn't come until the final minute of the first half on a short crossing route (though he was targeted on a deep ball earlier that he could have caught if he had turned around sooner). But in the second half, Jackson had a very busy two minute stretch during which he caught three consecutive passes all resulting in first downs. It was a brief moment of the game, but he simply had his way with the Buffalo secondary and he seemingly couldn't be stopped.
2011 Week 15 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 84 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Jackson and QB Philip Rivers were back to their old tricks again in this game, as Jackson regularly streaked by defenders deep downfield on passing routes. He didn't score, but came close on one deep ball down the seam. Jackson had beaten his defender by several steps, but Rivers' pass was thrown just a bit too far. Jackson made up for it later on, getting behind the defense with a double move along the sideline. Rivers placed it perfectly on Jackson's hands, who started running away from the defense down the sideline. Because he had to hold up for the ball just a bit, the defenders managed to catch him from behind and push him down before he could score, but the play still went for 58 yards before that happened.
2011 Week 16 vs DET (7 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Jackson, who was questionable to play with a groin injury, appeared somewhat limited at times but fully healthy at others. He drew the ire of QB Philip Rivers early on when, in single coverage, he failed to break for the deep route (instead choosing to sit down for a short pass). Rivers obviously wanted him to go long and threw it there, but Jackson ran it short. And Rivers proceeded to scream at him from up the field. Soon after, he got loose from the secondary deep along the sideline, but the pass from Rivers hung up a bit and the defender was able to catch up. Jackson mistakenly waited for the ball to come down into his hands instead of going up high to get it at its highest point, which may or may not have made a difference. Jackson looked a bit better after halftime, attacking the middle of the field with a couple of nice grabs that he snagged out of the air. But despite that, inconsistencies again plagued him. He got wide open along the sideline for an easy first down catch, but he tried to turn his head and run just as the ball got there, and he dropped it. The ball was thrown a bit low and as mentioned he did have a sore groin, but it should have at least been caught. With the season on the line, Jackson was targeted on a fourth down jump ball near the end zone. The ball was actually thrown short of the goal line, so he may not have scored even if he caught it. Later, he was targeted on a deep ball down the sideline, but the ball was horribly underthrown and never had a shot at being completed. The announcers seemed to think Jackson could have made more of an effort to come down with the pass, but there were two defenders and the ball was underthrown by a good amount.
2011 Week 17 vs OAK (5 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec, 1 / 41 / 0 rush)
Jackson had a tough time getting going in this game. He was targeted on two deep balls early on, one of which drew a personal foul penalty on the Raiders and the other was picked off after being well overthrown. Later in the half, Jackson had a chance for a catch over the middle near the end zone. He jumped to haul it in and should have caught it, but the ball bounced off his hands for the incompletion (much to the chagrin of QB Philip Rivers). Jackson's first catch of the game didn't come until 7:33 remained in the third quarter. However, it was a critical catch since it was a touchdown that put the Chargers up by 15. It was a terrific grab on a ball thrown a bit behind him. He snagged it as he was falling to the ground and still managed to keep his feet inbounds. Despite that, Jackson had just two receptions for 29 yards until he salvaged his fantasy performance by breaking a huge 41-yard run up the left sideline. He was held up just enough by a would-be tackler that he was able to be caught from behind by another, otherwise he may have broken it for another score.
2010 Week 12 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson's long-awaited, much-anticipated return to the Chargers was very short-lived. He played very sparingly on the team's opening drive, suffered a calf injury, and was quickly declared out for the game.
2010 Week 14 vs KC (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Jackson's first touch of the season came on a WR reverse that went for 14 yards on a third down carry. It seemed to get him into the flow a little bit, because soon after he went over the middle for his first reception of the season on a third down pass play. It was a good route, and a nice job of getting open and getting back into the offensive game plan. Later, he made a great grab in traffic by using his body to shield off the defender from defending the pass. Early in the fourth quarter, he hauled in a deep ball down the sideline for a 37 yard gain but the play was negated by a Jacob Hester chop block penalty. It looked like a bogus call, since the defender Hester hit wasn't engaged when Hester made contact. Point being, the penalty in no way aided Jackson in making the play. His deep threat prowess looks to be still intact, which can only help San Diego's passing game down the stretch.
2010 Week 15 vs SF (7 / 5 / 112 / 3 rec)
By now, everyone knows the story about Jackson's contract situation. Well, if this game was any indication of how well Jackson will integrate back into the flow, he probably earned himself many millions of dollars in one evening. Anyone who was leery of how well he'd perform after such a long layoff were treated to him scoring three touchdowns, on three different patterns, and generally look unstoppable no matter who was covering him. His first score came on a 50-50 jump ball deep downfield. He beat the defensive back for the ball, as it rolled down his arm and into his hands, grabbing it with one hand to keep it away from the defender, and fighting the rest of the way to get into the end zone for the 58 yard score. He nearly added a second touchdown on a crossing route in the back of the end zone, but his foot was barely on the back line as he came down, so the pass was ruled incomplete. Almost to make up for that, he soon did catch a second touchdown over the middle, beating the linebacker on another crossing route for the score. In the second half, he was mostly quiet as the Chargers tried to run out the clock and protect their lead. But there was just enough time for Rivers to toss a back shoulder pass to Jackson inside the ten yard line, and for him to sprint forward and dive into the end zone for a 21 yard touchdown.
2010 Week 16 vs CIN (9 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Jackson played much better than his modest stats would indicate. He had a diving catch and a nice snag on a ball over his head, and Jackson also drew a pass interference call in the end zone. Rivers did lead Jackson into a big hit and threw to him a few times when he was well-covered. The Chargers QB also never took any shots downfield in the deep passing game to Jackson, which is what mainly held down his numbers. He is still a potential WR1 next year if he returns to San Diego.
2010 Week 17 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Jackson was on his way to a big game, but he hurt his ankle making a Lynn Swann like catch falling to the ground after a target was deflected in the air. His numbers don't reflect it, but he should be a top 12-15 WR pick next year if he returns to San Diego.
2009 Week 1 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
Jackson didn't bust any long gains on deep passes, his signature from last year, but he was used moving across the formation and getting yards after the catch close to the line of scrimmage. The offensive line didn't really give Philip Rivers the time to find Jackson deep, but Rivers still looked Jackson's way when he needed a TD catch in the fourth quarter, and he is still Rivers #1 WR. He is a very good WR2 who should have some WR1 weeks as the season goes on.
2009 Week 2 vs BAL (7 / 6 / 141 / 1 rec)
It's now officially fair to call Vincent Jackson a fantasy WR1. Against a tough defense, he looked outstanding. Jackson had a game-high 141 receiving yards (including a touchdown), and nearly scored a second touchdown but was taken down at the doorstep of the end zone. He made catches every way possible - tough snags in traffic, jump balls over the middle, and his best catch of the game - a deep ball in the end zone that he hauled in with three defenders hanging onto him. It's getting to the point where if Jackson is covered one-on-one down the field, it's going to be a catch. Yet perhaps his best play of the game wasn't even a catch at all, but rather a fumble recovery. TE Antonio Gates was fighting for extra yardage when the ball popped loose. Jackson had been trailing the play, and immediately pounced on the ball amidst a sea of Baltimore defenders to save possession for San Diego.
2009 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 120 / 0 rec)
Take nothing away from TE Antonio Gates, but it's pretty clear at this point that Jackson has supplanted him as the team's top option in the passing game. And just as we told you last week, Jackson is leaving no doubts as to the fact that he is a WR1 in fantasy circles. The threat he poses to the defense is unique. He's almost as big as a tight end, so he can usually maneuver himself in front of defenders to catch passes underneath. But he can also run right by you, as evidenced by yet another long grab in this game despite two defenders in the neighborhood. Defenses have to further respect his abilities on the deep balls because he's got a lot of Larry Fitzgerald to his game, in that he can jump through the roof and use his 6'5" frame to come down with jump balls. The fact that he is able to separate on deep passes so well, has great hands, and can jump so well means he also tends to get wide open on the shorter stuff as well. That's precisely what happened in this game. His performance could've been even more impressive had Rivers not overthrown him on what would have been a long touchdown. He was wide open by several steps, but the ball was well out of reach.
2009 Week 4 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Jackson has been on a tear to start the 2009 campaign but was held to just 4 catches on this night. The Chargers offense was out of sync and on the sidelines for the majority of the 1st half but in the 2nd half Jackson came alive with a couple of nice catches highlighted by an acrobatic juggling catch while being draped by Ike Taylor along the sideline. Jackson was targeted a bit more in the 4th quarter but a combination of him being tightly covered and a good Steeler pass rush limited his production on this night.
2009 Week 6 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Jackson was fired up to play on Monday night, and Philip Rivers was looking for him while facing a blitz on seemingly every play. For most of the night Jackson was covered well by Champ Bailey, but once in a while he would break off a route and snare the ball before Bailey could get to him. Jackson caught Rivers only touchdown pass of the game on a drag route where he was trailed by second-year cornerback Jack Williams. On that play the Chargers lined up four receivers to one side of the field in an effort to confuse the Broncos secondary.
2009 Week 7 vs KC (9 / 5 / 142 / 1 rec)
Like most of the Chargers, Jackson did his damage in the first half as they build up their lead and was quiet in the second as they tried to salt it away. Jackson's splits were even more dramatic, however, as he hauled in a team record 142 yards in the first half but didn't register a catch in the second half. Jackson has quickly become one of the league's premier deep threats, hauling in two separate 51-yard receptions (he nearly had an earlier deep bomb catch on the game's first offensive play, but it was broken up at the last moment). He's simply too big for most cornerbacks to cover down the field, and he's got the speed, strength, leaping ability, and hands to come down with nearly every 50-50 ball. He showed good instincts on his ten yard touchdown grab, coming back to the ball to give Philip Rivers a better passing lane. He nearly added a second touchdown on a sideline pass in the end zone. Jackson showed great ability and concentration, but he wasn't able to bring it down with his feet inbounds despite the great effort.
2009 Week 8 vs OAK (12 / 8 / 103 / 1 rec)
Despite being defended by Nnamdi Asomugha for much of the first half, Jackson again turned in a huge first half performance for San Diego. He went from a quiet day to a great one in a matter of two drives, as Rivers continually looked his way for just about every kind of catch imaginable. He caught a deep ball, he snagged one out of the air, he dove on the ground, he snatched a pass in traffic, and finally he hauled in one in the end zone on a play in which he was left completely unguarded. He did have a ball bounce off his hands for an interception, but Rivers showed his supreme confidence in Jackson by immediately going right back to him after the miscue. He was open deep downfield early in the second half, but was overthrown by several yards by Rivers. And he was later targeted on a fade pattern in the end zone on a 50-50 jump ball, but the pass was just knocked away at the last moment on a nice play by Michael Huff.
2009 Week 9 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 58 / 2 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Vincent Jackson drew Corey Webster in coverage, and made Webster look powerless to stop him on two TDs and another pass interference call he drew in the end zone. Jackson's first TD was created by him getting his big body in between Webster and the ball, and the game winner was set up by a precise corner route and perfect timing with Rivers. Jackson also got behind Webster in the end zone and forced Webster to pull him down instead of giving up the TD. Jackson also had a few nice hands catches on high passes and fought hard after the catch to convert a first down. This is the kind of performance we have come to expect from him in his breakout season.
2009 Week 10 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jackson was never able to get it going. He was thrown to on short routes very early on a handful of times, but those were knocked away. He was then a nonfactor in the gameplan until the 6:30 mark of the fourth quarter when he caught his only pass of the game.
2009 Week 11 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Jackson, coming off a one reception game, was thrown to on the very first pass play of the game. It looked as if the Chargers were going to feature him heavily as he was involved quite a bit early on. He seemed able to get open almost at will, using his body to shield against defenders or beating them on crossing routes over the middle repeatedly. However, once San Diego opened up its big lead they pretty much went away from the passing game. They kind of took the air out of the ball and were content to just churn yardage out on the ground, so Jackson saw almost no action towards the latter stages of the game. About his only significant action of the second half came on a long incomplete pass that would have been a touchdown except QB Philip Rivers overthrew the ball by several yards.
2009 Week 12 vs KC (5 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Jackson has had a very quiet November by his standards (now just seven receptions and zero touchdowns in his last three games), though he was in position at least for a huge game after just one target. He had beaten his defender deep for what would have been a 91-yard touchdown pass, but QB Philip Rivers underthrew the pass and it fell incomplete. He did manage to make a handful of nice catches, one in particular on a sliding grab near the sideline. And the team found a creative way to get him the football on an end-around that went for twelve yards. He was later targeted deep down the middle; the ball seemingly could have been caught, but it went through his hands at the last moment. On the second of his two receptions, he picked up sixteen yards over the middle but was then whistled for a five yard delay of game penalty for kicking the ball away from the official. It may have been an isolated incident, or it could be a sign of frustration with his recent involvement in the offense. That is purely speculation, but with the team leading big at the time it didn't really seem to be a typical moment to do such a thing.
2009 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)
Jackson had another quiet game, as his role in the offense has been reduced more and more as the year has gone on. Despite a respectable yardage output, the great majority of those yards came on one 41 yard reception. He did see a red zone target in the end zone and appeared to have position on the defender, but a great defensive play knocked it away at the last moment. He also drew an illegal contact penalty downfield. But despite those plays and his other reception (a short comeback route), his role was nowhere near what you'd call 'regular'. With the performance of TE Antonio Gates the last few weeks, perhaps defenses will focus the safety more on him going forward and that will open up the deep passing game once again for Jackson, but until that happens he hasn't shown himself to be capable of putting up big numbers in the short game.
2009 Week 14 vs DAL (11 / 7 / 120 / 0 rec)
Jackson, who has been inordinately quiet lately, broke out in a big way in this one. It started off with a circus catch along the sideline, bobbling the ball for a bit but hauling it in as he fell to the ground for a 33 yard catch. On his next target, he again nearly brought in a long pass but only managed to get one foot in. In the second half, it was more of the same as he was very involved in the offense at the expense of TE Antonio Gates. He displayed excellent hands on several passes and terrific footwork to remain inbounds. Later, he beat two defenders along the sideline for a 39 yard pickup on third and long. He was able to consistently get wide open on the underneath stuff, which suggests that the Chargers were sending him shorter to keep him involved. Once the long balls dried up to Floyd, they began going shorter to Jackson and Gates, with great results.
2009 Week 15 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 108 / 2 rec)
Jackson's involvement last week continued once again in this one as he was targeted on a deep ball on the very first offensive play of the game. However, the ball was too close to the sideline and went off his fingertips. Fortunately for Jackson, he doesn't need a ton of catches to have a huge impact. His first touchdown on the day was a great diving grab near the sideline in the end zone, a terrific individual effort. In the second half, it was more of the same with some close calls early on before breaking out for the big one. The second touchdown went for 34 yards, and he was wide open on the play. The ball was actually underthrown so Jackson had to wait for it for a bit, but he still managed to haul it in and break a tackle near the goal line to dive in for the score. He also added a key reception on the game-winning field goal drive when he snagged a twenty yard pass over the middle to get into Cincinnati territory. The game-winning kick occurred just three plays later.
2009 Week 16 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Vincent Jackson caught five balls against the Titans for 70 yards, but he left so much more on the table. Covered (to use the term loosely) by corner Nick Harper, Jackson was open most of the night and got behind the defense twice and could have had two scores of over 50 yards had he been able to make the two catches. The first bomb came in the first quarter but both the wind and a late throw from Philip Rivers cost Jackson the score. Jackson missed a third quarter target where he beat a double-team deep but the pass fell to the ground as it was just a few feet too long. Jackson still managed to grab five of his other six targets for good gains, including a nice 15-yard catch along the sidelines where he was barely able to stay in bounds (it took a coach's challenge to get credit for the nice play). Jackson may rest in Week 17 but he looks ready for a solid postseason.
2009 Week 19 vs NYJ (9 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)
Despite the prevailing notion that Jackson would be shut down by Darrell Revis, Jackson actually led all players in receiving yardage. That mostly has to do with the fact that the Jets moved Revis around to cover different players all game long. When Revis was actually locked up on Jackson, he was unable to gain much separation. In fact, the first Rivers interception was a target to Jackson that was knocked away and eventually intercepted by Revis. Jackson's big play was a 37 yard grab along the sideline late in the game on San Diego's desperation drive. It was a fantastic job of keeping his feet inbounds as he hauled in the long pass. Jets coach Rex Ryan challenged the play, and Jackson made an incredibly dumb play by kicking the challenge flag and drawing a fifteen yard penalty. Several plays after the call was upheld, Jackson very nearly got into the end zone on a nice catch and run. He was ruled down at the one yard line, and QB Philip Rivers snuck in on the next play.
2008 Week 1 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
After an invisible first half, Jackson came alive in the second. Much like he did towards the end of 2007, Jackson has perfected the art of doing the most with his opportunities. While he only saw four passes thrown his way in the second half, he converted them into three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. The score would have been the game-winner if Carolina hadn't marched down the field for the actual game winner roughly two and a half minutes later.
2008 Week 2 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Jackson's contributions were somewhat sporadic, though he did catch a team-high six passes on the day. He caught passes in bunches it seemed, and then almost disappeared from the offense for stretches. The passes were spread around fairly evenly amongst the San Diego receivers, so he only saw one pass head his way in the end zone.
2008 Week 3 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 74 / 0 rec)
Jackson had one catch for nine yards in the first half. Jackson caught a 60 yard pass late in the game, but was tackled on the one yard line.
2008 Week 4 vs OAK (8 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
As has been the case most weeks this season, Jackson did what he could with the action he saw. While he did get a team high eight targets, several of the passes were simply uncatchable. The ones Jackson was near, he hauled in.
2008 Week 5 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)
After a very quiet first half, Jackson salvaged his afternoon by hauling in a 42 yard bomb from Rivers midway through the third quarter. It was thrown up for grabs, and Jackson used his 6'5" frame to out-leap the defender on the jump ball. That was the extent of Jackson's productivity, through no fault of his own. He later shook free of the defense and got open deep downfield on another deep ball from Rivers, but the pass was overthrown. Had it been on target, the play would have gone for a 75 yard touchdown. Depending on the severity of the injury suffered by Chris Chambers, Jackson could see a greatly increased role in the offense in the weeks going forward.
2008 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 5 / 134 / 1 rec)
Starting WR Chris Chambers missed this game with an ankle injury suffered last week. That elevated Jackson to top wide receiver status, and he lived up to it and then some. Without question, Jackson was the most dangerous player on the field for either team in this game. His evening started off with a bang, as he hauled in a 48 yard bomb almost with one hand on the very first play from scrimmage. He scored late in the first half from four yards out, evidence that the team was looking to him at all spots on the field - both deep balls and in the red zone. Jackson seemed to be able to get open any time he wanted. On the Chargers' second offensive play of the third quarter, Jackson again hauled in another deep ball - this time for 59 yards. Two plays later, he badly beat his defender and drew a 32 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. That play helped set up an Antonio Gates score. Jackson filled in more than adequately for the injured Chambers, and perhaps even secured a more prominent role in the offense going forward.
2008 Week 7 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec, 1 / 31 / 0 rush)
Jackson turned in a relatively quiet performance. He did manage to score once to salvage a solid fantasy point total. He also added a 31 yard run to turn his stat line from 'serviceable' to solid. He started off especially slowly, with just one reception on his lone passing target in the first half. But he came alive a bit after halftime, which was when he scored. His 12 yard score came off a quick inside move towards the middle of the field on a perfect quick strike bullet from Rivers.
2008 Week 8 vs NO (7 / 4 / 60 / 1 rec)
Jackson's performance over the last few weeks didn't do much to earn him very many extra looks in this game. He did put up sixty yards and a score, but his involvement was very irregular. He saw just two passes head his way in the first half. And in the second half, with San Diego throwing on nearly every play, he saw just five more during the furious comeback. His touchdown grab was a terrific effort along the sideline of the end zone when Jackson dove for the pass and managed to get both of his knees inbounds before falling over the sideline. He missed out on a huge play when a perfectly-thrown deep ball from Philip Rivers went right through his hands. He had beaten the defender and was wide open for what would've been a 72 yard touchdown on San Diego's first drive of the second half.
2008 Week 10 vs KC (9 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
If there's a way to quietly lead your team with 83 receiving yards, Jackson did it. He did drop a first half pass, but the two biggest potential plays to him went unfulfilled due to errors by Philip Rivers, not Jackson. First, Rivers saw Jackson streaking towards the end zone down the right sideline late in the second quarter. Unfortunately for both players, Rivers locked onto him for far too long and telegraphed the pass. S Bernard Pollard read the play and stepped in front of Jackson for the interception. Later, Jackson got wide open in the back corner of the end zone but Rivers never saw him.
2008 Week 11 vs PIT (7 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a key reception on third and ten late in the fourth quarter that put the Chargers on the six yard line. He also drew a very questionable pass interference penalty in the end zone. That was pretty much the extent of the positives for his afternoon. Besides those two plays, he dropped a pass that resulted in a Troy Polamalu interception, he was the target of the other Pittsburgh interception, was the target of a third pass that was very nearly intercepted, and generally had a difficult time gaining separation from the Pittsburgh defensive backs.
2008 Week 12 vs IND (2 / 2 / 57 / 1 rec)
Jackson's first catch of the game went for a 39 yard touchdown. On the play, he made a nice leaping catch in the midst of a number of Colts' defenders and was able to get the ball across the goal line for the score. His only other reception came in the fourth quarter and went for a gain of 18 yards.
2008 Week 13 vs ATL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The best thing that can be said about Jackson's performance is that he almost made two very nice catches. If it was 2007, he would've been credited with a reception on each of them. However, due to the new force-out rule, Jackson finished without a single catch on the day. His first target came late in the second half. He caught the ball about five yards inbounds, but was shoved towards the sideline and couldn't drag his back leg. The second target was in the end zone, and it was a nice leaping grab along the back line - except it didn't count, because he was again pushed out prior to getting his feet down.
2008 Week 14 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 148 / 1 rec)
Jackson turned three short receptions and two incredibly long receptions into a career day against Oakland. On San Diego's opening drive, he beat All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha down the right sideline for a gain of 46 yards. He also drew a pass interference flag on the play, but it wasn't needed because Jackson managed to make a tough catch and hang onto the football as he was essentially being tackled. Three possessions later, Jackson again tried that side of the field - this time against CB Chris Johnson. Again, Jackson beat his man deep down the field, this time for a 59 yard touchdown. That score put the Chargers up 24-0 and effectively put the game out of reach. The 148 receiving yards represented a career high for Jackson.
2008 Week 15 vs KC (8 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Through nearly 59 minutes of play, Jackson had four receptions for 37 yards, a lost fumble, and no scores. Then on one drive, he demonstrated his big play ability on two receptions to turn in an outstanding game. The Chargers recovered an onside kick with 1:11 left in the game. On the very next play, Jackson got in deep behind the Kansas City defense for a deep bomb. It could have gone for a touchdown if Rivers had put it out in front of him, but the ball floated a bit and Jackson had to wait for it for quite awhile. Jackson made up for that elusive game winning touchdown three plays later when he hauled in the score off a play-action fake.
2008 Week 16 vs TB (10 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a number of key catches, perhaps none moreso than a 25 yard grab over the middle just before halftime. The Bucs had cut the deficit to seven points and seemingly had all the momentum. With just ten seconds left until the half, QB Philip Rivers found Jackson over the middle for a quick 25 yard pass. That helped set up a long field goal try, which Nate Kaeding connected on. Jackson generally abused CB Philip Buchanon for much of the afternoon, getting open basically at will. All of the stats he put up were compiled in just three quarters, as he didn't see a single passing target in the final frame (the Chargers threw the ball just three times in the fourth quarter).
2008 Week 17 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec, 2 / 30 / 0 rush)
Jackson came out of the gates strong, having the first series basically designed around him. He ran a reverse for 17 yards on the first play for the Chargers, and then drew a pass interference call later that series on a deep pass. He caught his other two targets.
2008 Week 18 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson saw just one pass head in his direction, and it was nearly intercepted by the Colts. He was open on a couple of occasions, but QB Philip Rivers often didn't have enough time to look for him downfield. As a result, Jackson finished without a reception.
2008 Week 19 vs PIT (8 / 2 / 49 / 1 rec)
Jackson hauled in a tremendous 41 yard touchdown bomb less than two minutes into the contest. He had beaten CB Ike Taylor down the middle of the field and he made the grab despite Taylor hooking his elbow as the ball got there (no flag was thrown, however). Jackson appeared to have made a catch for the ages early in the second quarter. He got wide open behind the defense, but the pass from QB Philip Rivers sailed a bit too far. Jackson laid out for the pass in full extension and appeared to make a remarkable grab with just his fingertips. It was initially ruled a 43 yard catch, but replays showed the nose of the ball hit the ground. It was challenged by the Steelers, and overturned. With the early-game fireworks, Jackson appeared well on his way to a big day. However, he would go on to catch just one more pass, and that was for just eight yards.
2007 Week 1 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jackson's statistics look very poor, but he was very close to putting up some very solid numbers against a tough Bears defense. On one of his three receptions, Jackson was taken down at the two yard line following a ten yard pickup. On another target that fell incomplete, Jackson was open in the back of the end zone and leaped to haul in a potential touchdown. Unfortunately for him, the ball was tipped at the last moment and it ended up bouncing harmlessly off of Jackson's shoulder pad. As expected, he was the third most heavily targeted San Diego player after Gates and Tomlinson.
2007 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Jackson led the wide receiving corps with four balls for 53 yards.
2007 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 6 / 98 / 1 rec)
Jackson's day began well enough, hauling in a 27 yard strike from Philip Rivers down the right sideline early in the contest. Rather than continuing to go to him downfield, however, Jackson was only thrown to once more the entire first half. It wasn't until late in the contest when the team fell behind that they started looking to Jackson regularly again. He made a great diving catch late in the fourth quarter that really showed off his immense athleticism, but he appears to be stuck in a situation right now where he is a great talent but without a tremendous opportunity to make a lot of plays. His stat line of 6-98-1 looks fantastic, but then again the Chargers aren't going to have a ton of games where they throw the ball 36 times. One thing that is apparent at this point is that Jackson does a great job of making the most out of the targets he does get.
2007 Week 4 vs KC (9 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Jackson's owners are going to look at his stats and see that he had a respectable 52 yards and was thrown to a good amount (second on the team in targets to Antonio Gates). What they won't see is how Jackson was inches away from a great fantasy output. He dropped a sure 45 yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers late in the game that would have made the score 30-23. The ball was thrown perfectly in stride by Philip Rivers, but Jackson just plain dropped it. Adding that catch to his totals would've given him 97 yards receiving and a long touchdown on the day. Early in the game, he hauled in a 39 yard pass that appeared to be going for a lot more, but he stumbled a bit and was caught from behind before he could really go off to the races. Late in the fourth quarter, Jackson again got wide open behind the defense - this time in the end zone - but Rivers badly overthrew him on a corner fade.
2007 Week 5 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 84 / 1 rec)
Once again, Jackson wasn't very heavily targeted. Yet once again, he came up with a solid fantasy output despite the lack of involvement. Aside from one pass intended for Craig Davis, Jackson was actually the only wide receiver who was even thrown to. And were it not for the opening possession of the second half, his output may have been even smaller. After seeing just one pass in his direction in the first half, Jackson caught two passes during that drive (including a tough 45 yard grab down the seam on second and 33 that helped set up the Gates touchdown. Jackson later added a touchdown of his own, beating Dre Bly to the back corner of the end zone for a wide open score. He still isn't very heavily involved in the offense, but he is making plays when his number is called.
2007 Week 6 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jackson had been getting limited but fairly regular work in recent weeks, but in this game his opportunities were even fewer and further between. San Diego spread the ball around fairly evenly to its receivers, with no player seeing more than four passes in his direction. The bulk of the offensive gameplan was to make sure RB LaDainian Tomlinson got his touches, and in a game like this there just weren't enough scraps to go around for everyone else. Jackson was thrown to just once in the second half, though it was a deep ball in the end zone.
2007 Week 8 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The arrival of Chris Chambers may not have killed Jackson's value, but it is at best on life support right now. The problem is that right now, Chambers does a lot of the things Jackson does - only better. So, it could be difficult to have two players filling such a similar role within the same offensive system. Granted, San Diego isn't going to throw the ball a meager eleven times on most days. And there will of course be times when Jackson, as the forgotten man, will be able to get lost downfield because of all the attention being paid to the superstars. But the problem is that those times appear to be hard to see coming, and if this game is any indication of Jackson's role within the offense, it might be time to start worrying.
2007 Week 9 vs MIN (7 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jackson's afternoon was littered with lost opportunities. His day was best summed up by a sequence of plays in the second quarter. Jackson had broken free from his defender and was off down the sideline for what should have been a 65 yard touchdown pass. But, the ball was underthrown and knocked away from Jackson at the last moment. Jackson was then whistled for offensive pass interference. And finally, he dropped the third down pass that would've given the team a first down. He didn't make his first reception until late in the third quarter. And he had a hand in one of the biggest plays of the game in a negative way when his illegal motion penalty negated a nice 40 yard reception by Chris Chambers.
2007 Week 10 vs IND (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Vincent Jackson caught two passes for 28 yards, one of which went for 19 yards over the middle and was the Chargers longest offensive play of the game. He had three targets on the evening, but none of the Chargers receivers were a big part of the gameplan once they jumped out to such a large lead. He was targeted on Rivers' first interception of the game.
2007 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
With each passing week, it becomes more and more apparent that Jackson's days as a relevant fantasy player for this season are dwindling. He was targeted just four times, and didn't catch his first pass until the first play of the second half. It was also the last pass he would catch all day. He had another drop on his last target of the afternoon, while fellow WR Chris Chambers was targeted ten times and had 93 yards.
2007 Week 12 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
Jackson finished second on the team in receiving yards. He had a long catch of 31 yards.
2007 Week 13 vs KC (4 / 1 / 38 / 1 rec)
Jackson was far more active than he's been in recent weeks (at least relative to the other receivers), though it isn't necessarily reflected in the statistics. While he did haul in the only passing touchdown on the day for San Diego, it was also his only reception of the game. He should have had a second touchdown on a flea flicker, but QB Philip Rivers never saw him streaking down the middle of the field wide open and instead opted to throw to TE Antonio Gates in double coverage.
2007 Week 14 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Slowly but surely, Jackson is re-entering the San Diego gameplan as a weapon in the passing game. After several extremely quiet games, Jackson is being looked to in big spots. Whether those looks are resulting in much success or not is another story entirely. He got past the defense for what should have been a 46 yard touchdown pass, but as has been the case for too often for Jackson, the pass was woefully underthrown and fell incomplete. Later, he got off the line and was open on a corner fade from inside the five yard line, but Rivers overthrew him. Finally, he was targeted on a deep ball down the sideline that was again horribly underthrown, though Jackson didn't help his case much when he made a very shoddy tackle attempt during the return of the pick. The interception was returned 32 yards and helped set up the LenDale White touchdown run.
2007 Week 15 vs DET (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jackson caught just two passes, though he was as active as any other receiver on the team. The Chargers only threw the ball seven times after halftime, so it was difficult to put up big numbers in the passing game. He did draw a pass interference in the end zone to set up one of LaDainian Tomlinson's touchdown runs, he saw another pass go his way in the end zone earlier in the game. Most importantly, the fact that he saw just as many targets as anyone else on San Diego is a good sign that he isn't the forgotten man many feared he would become a few weeks ago.
2007 Week 16 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Jackson didn't put up monstrous numbers, but he once again asserted himself well within the offense and has seen his role go from #1 receiver to afterthought and now he's firmly entrenched as the #2 guy after Chris Chambers. And while he didn't score or put up big yardage numbers, he was targeted on one pass in the end zone that was poorly thrown by Philip Rivers, and later he made one of the best catches of the entire season. He stretched along the sideline and completely laid out, all the while maintaining his feet in bounds and snagging a fingertip grab before falling out of bounds. The play was challenged by Denver but ultimately ruled a catch.
2007 Week 17 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson caught just two short passes and was not a very active participant in the offensive gameplan of the Chargers.
2007 Week 18 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 114 / 1 rec)
Jackson, who has slowly been coming around lately, really came on strong and picked a great time for his best game of the season. He took advantage of breakdowns in coverage on several occasions by Tennessee defensive backs and got wide open down the sideline for several big gains. He had four different receptions of twenty yards or more, none more important than the 25 yard touchdown reception that put the Chargers up 10-6. Jackson came across the field near the goal line, made the catch, and sensed S Michael Griffin floating in his direction behind him. Rather than continue on his route and probably get tackled at the one or two yard line, Jackson made a great cut-back to lose Griffin, and then eventually dove into the end zone for the score. It was a terrific demonstration of both athleticism and awareness, and with the injury to TE Antonio Gates, the heroics by Jackson were made all the more crucial. If Gates is going to miss any time, Jackson would very definitely see an increased role over his typical duties in the offense.
2007 Week 19 vs IND (7 / 7 / 93 / 1 rec)
Jackson picked up where he left off a week ago and continued his superb play. He snagged a team-high seven balls for 93 yards and had a highlight reel touchdown grab on a corner fade where he out-leapt the defender for the ball and snagged it out of the air for the score. He had earlier shown nice hands on a fade over the middle, and later in the contest he displayed some nice moves after the fact with a terrific cut-back along the sideline to pick up several extra yards. Jackson struggled a bit early in the season and really had a tough time in the first few weeks after Chris Chambers showed up, but he has continued to progress as the season has gone on and he has really made his presence felt in the first two weeks of the postseason. Philip Rivers now looks to him in any and all situations, and has the utmost confidence in the young receiver no matter the play call.
2007 Week 20 vs NE (0 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)
Jackson continued his improbable run of success in the postseason, putting up a game-high 93 yards and seemingly putting himself in position to make a key reception whenever San Diego needed one. He was huge during a second quarter possession that resulted in a field goal (three receptions, 52 yards) but it could've been more if Rivers had seen Jackson streaking wide open across the back line of the end zone. Instead, Rivers threw underneath to Chris Chambers to avoid the sack, and the Chargers had to settle for three. It's unclear how the Chargers plan to attack next season, because TE Antonio Gates has essentially been the team's number one receiver for the last few years. But with the addition of Chris Chambers during the season and the emergence of Jackson during the playoffs, the team suddenly finds itself with three primary weapons in the passing game. It will be interesting to see if the Chargers want to focus on getting Jackson the ball more next year or if they see his performance late in the year as simply stepping in and emerging while Gates was less than 100%, only to return to his third option role when Gates is healthy again.
2006 Week 2 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
Jackson wasn't heavily involved in the passing game, but was still the second-most targeted wide receiver after Keenan McCardell. He made a very nice grab to reach back and across his body for the touchdown, and looks to be a bigger focus of the passing game this year. If an injury were to strike either of the starting wideouts (Keenan McCardell and Eric Parker), Jackson's role could grow considerably.
2006 Week 4 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jackson was targeted twice on deep balls down the seam. The second one actually should have been good for a 34 yard touchdown, but QB Philip Rivers threw the ball just out of the reach of Jackson. There was no fault with Jackson, who was open on the play.
2006 Week 5 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jackson was a non-factor other than his one reception. He was targeted on a deep roll out pass by Rivers, but was over thrown despite being open for a possible 20+ yard gain.
2006 Week 6 vs SF (2 / 1 / 33 / 1 rec)
Rivers hit Vincent Jackson in the second quarter on a pretty 33 yard pass for the Chargers' third touchdown. On the play, rookie defensive back Marcus Hudson, who had just entered the game to replace the injured Sammie Davis, but was unable to cover Jackson.
2006 Week 9 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jackson's stat line isn't huge by any means, but he had two of the biggest receptions of the game for the Chargers. He hauled in an 11 yard reception on a key third and eight situation late in the fourth quarter, and snagged the two point conversion in the back of the end zone on a fade pass from Rivers soon after. Though these plays don't light up the fantasy stat sheet, they do demonstrate Rivers' willingness to look to the young WR even in the biggest spots.
2006 Week 11 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 39 / 1 rec)
Jackson caught three of his four targets, including a five yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He used his superior height to snag the ball in the back left corner of the end zone over the much shorter Darrent Williams.
2006 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Jackson caught a handful of passes, but it was the one he failed to hang onto that turned into one of the more bizarre plays you're likely to see this season. Facing a fourth down and two at the Oakland 40, Philip Rivers found a cutting Jackson for a 13 yard reception and a first down for the Chargers. Jackson, however, celebrated a bit too soon by standing up and spinning the ball to the turf. The Raiders quickly pounced on the seemingly loose ball, giving them possession. After a huddle, officials ruled that the Jackson flip constituted an illegal forward pass, meaning that possession remained with San Diego. Several moments later, officials determined that after enforcing the penalty, the Chargers would be left short of the first down, giving the ball to the Raiders after a turnover on downs. But after yet another brief conference, it was finally determined that even after enforcing the penalty to the Chargers, they would still have the necessary yardage to pick up the first down. During this time, Oakland HC Art Shell was seen with the same facial expression he has every single game. The call on the field was correct, but the Raiders were upset in that they did nothing wrong and the Chargers were bailed out by an odd penalty that actually was against San Diego. Despite the mental gaffe, Jackson remained in the game and actually drew a pass interference two plays later to help set up the touchdown pass from Tomlinson to Gates.
2006 Week 14 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 95 / 0 rec)
Jackson started for the injured Keenan McCardell, and did not disappoint to live up to his hype as a potential game-breaking receiver. Jackson hauled in a 35 yard reception on San Diego's second play from scrimmage. He later added a short five yard reception in the first half before capping his afternoon with a fantastic 55 yard catch from Rivers that helped set up a field goal. The ball was intentionally underthrown a bit and Jackson had to wait for it to come down. As he waited, a defender's arm temporarily blocked his sight of the ball's path, but he still managed to maintain concentration and haul in the reception for a huge gain.
2006 Week 15 vs KC (5 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec)
Jackson was the most targeted wide receiver for the Chargers. He led the team in receiving yards, mostly on the strength of a late game 46 yard bomb. Jackson is showing lots of promise and is on the upswing heading into the playoffs and 2007.
2006 Week 16 vs SEA (14 / 5 / 97 / 2 rec, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Jackson caught the first completion from QB Phillip Rivers midway through the second quarter. He crossed the length of the back of the end zone behind the Seahawks zone defense to score the first touchdown for San Diego. Rivers missed Jackson open several times during the game. He got the San Diego offense moving late in the game with a 21 yard hitch after Seattle had taken a four point lead, but dropped what could have been a game changing reception on the next play. He leapt up and over the defensive back on the attempt and flipped the ball up into the air, but wasn't able to secure it on the second chance. Jackson caught two of the three completions on the winning San Diego drive at the end of the game. The first was a 13 yard in route while Seattle was in prevent. The final was the 37 yard touchdown to win the game over the top. He was alone behind the Seattle zone on what can only be called a blown coverage.
2006 Week 17 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Jackson was the target of a 33 yard bomb off a flea-flicker in the end zone early in the second quarter, but he dropped the ball in the back corner. Antonio Gates scored on the very next play. Luckily for Jackson, he was given a chance to atone for the drop later in the second quarter. This time he came through, making a nice sliding catch in traffic for a 14 yard touchdown grab.
2006 Week 19 vs NE (7 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
If it seemed like Jackson was involved in every big pass play for the Chargers, that's because he usually was. The receiver, who came on strong down the stretch of the regular season, was counted on heavily in several big spots. He got open down the seam on a deep ball from Rivers early on, beating Ellis Hobbs to the end zone. But the pass from Rivers was badly underthrown and knocked down incomplete. He later scored again in the third quarter, this time on a perfect pass from Rivers. But this time, it was Jackson who was at fault for failing to come up with the score, as he couldn't drag his back foot across the end zone and was correctly ruled out of bounds. The third time Jackson came close to scoring was on a 31 yard jump ball that he hauled in at the New England three yard line, where he was tackled immediately. RB LaDainian Tomlinson scored on the next play. Despite doing a solid job of getting open, Jackson also dropped two critical passes along the sidelines that could have resulted in big gains.
2005 Week 15 vs IND (4 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Jackson caught an important third down conversion on the game's opening drive, showing great hands in traffic. He later made another grab and was taken down at the 4 yard line. Jackson is extremely talented, but also extremely raw. With the injury to Eric Parker, Jackson may be in line for an increased role in the offense. He's not someone to rely upon for right now, but this could be a good opportunity to get a look at him for down the line. He has a chance to be an impact player several years from now.