Nobody will be excited to draft Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson this summer. How else should we feel after he had three games with 10-plus points last season? Worse yet, Jackson averaged 3.3 catches per game, low even for his standards. Even with Jameis Winston expected to improve in his second season, there just isn't a great reason to target V-Jax. He'll help fill out your bench with a pick in the double-digit rounds.
Jackson (undisclosed) is yet to participate in Tampa Bay's minicamp thus far, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Though undisclosed, Jackson's injury is said to be minor. Supporting this notion is head coach Dirk Koetter's declaration that the veteran wideout would have practiced were the team amid training camp. In Jackson's absence, Russell Shepard, Kenny Bell and Adam Humphries were all afforded extended looks.
Jackson is excited about the physical and mental progress that Jameis Winston has made this offseason, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports. The 33-year-old receiver, entering the final year of his contract, expressed considerable optimism about the progress he sees his sophomore quarterback having made over the last few months. That improvement has been holistic in the eyes of Jackson, who hopes that Winston's expected development helps lead to a resurgent season for himself. "You can tell he actually put in some work, and not just physically but mentally, as well,'' Jackson said Wednesday, the second day of Tampa Bay's voluntary minicamp. "I think he put in a lot of time in the classroom and continued to just clean up his quarterback skills.'' The veteran wideout's streak of four consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns came to a halt last season due to Jackson missing a total of six games due to injury, but he is fully recovered and practicing without restriction at Bucs mini-camp this week. Having scored just five touchdowns over 26 games during the 2014-15 seasons, the 12-year pro will look to join fellow starter Mike Evans in boosting his trips into the end zone in 2016.
Jackson was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. With the move, Jackson will turn in a pair of three-game absences as a result of knee injuries, which will end his streak of 1,000-yards seasons at four. Despite appearing in 10 contests, he amassed 33 catches (on 63 targets) for 543 yards and three touchdowns. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has one year remaining on his current contract, but after posting 16.5 YPC and achieving first downs on nearly 85 percent of his receptions, he has yet to show his age.
Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game agains the Bears. Though it has been over a week since Jackson sat out the Buccaneers' loss to the Rams, he is still not ready to return to the field. Expect Mike Evans to be plenty active again in Week 16 with Jackson still sidelined.
Jackson (knee) missed practice for the second consecutive day this week Thursday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. The veteran receiver continues to be sidelined almost two full weeks after he suffered a sprained MCL versus the Saints in Week 14. With no postseason berth on the line for the Bucs, there is zero incentive for the 11-year veteran to risk further damage in what has already been a difficult season injury-wise. Rookies Donteaa Dye and Adam Humphries would figure to continue to receive the benefit of extended opportunity should Jackson fail to take the field in Week 16 versus the Bears.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|7||10/23||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|11||11/20||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|13||12/04||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|14||12/11||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|3 Year Avg||121||60||923||4||46||15.38||116|