Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson secured 10 of his 15 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers .
The talk at Bucs headquarters after Week 3 was that the offense needed a greater balance in target distribution, and Jackson appeared to be the immediate beneficiary in Week 4. The veteran received double-digit targets for the first time since Week 1, when Mike Evans was inactive. Although game flow certainly played a role in the Bucs going pass-heavy in the fourth quarter, Jameis Winston appeared to look for Jackson early and often Sunday.
The Bucs' pass distribution will likely experience week-to-week fluctuations, particulary considering Winston's on-the-job training, but Jackson will undoubtedly be one of the rookie quarterback's primary targets more often than not.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson once again paced the Bucs wideouts in Week 3 with 56 snaps, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Despite the extensive usage, Jackson's targets were in the single digits (4) for the second consecutive week. Mike Evans was the primary recipient of Jameis Winston 's attention in Week 3 despite logging five less snaps, a trend that could certainly persist and therefore curtail Jackson's looks in quite a few games this season.
The veteran receiver nevertheless remains firmly entrenched in a starting role, and should encounter numerous opportunities against single coverage throughout the season as defenses hone in on Evans.r
Jackson's secured his 500th career reception on the first catch of the day, and the milestone was well earned; the veteran receiver made a tough 19-yard grab between Raheem Moore and Quentin Demps in which he endured a solid hit from Moore and then outwrestled Demps for the ball on the ground.
The concern for Jackson's fantasy owners lies in the precipitous drop in targets he has experienced through the season's first three weeks, with his looks going from a high of 11 in Week 1 to the season-low four chances he received Sunday. Mike Evans' full reintegration into the offense is certainly the biggest culprit in Jackson's reduced involvement, and it's a trend that could very well continue moving forward.
Jackson's score was a thing of beauty, with the 6'5 receiver making a leaping grab in the back of the end zone and managing to just get both feet inbounds. Jackson will clearly serve as one of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston's security blankets, with the size advantage he displayed on the touchdown catch serving as one of the primary assets he brings to the table. The veteran receiver did experience a drop in targets from the 11 he saw in the opener, but this was at least partially influenced by the return of Mike Evans, who did see three looks in the passing game.
New offensive coordinator Dirk Koettner is installing Jackson's third offensive scheme in as many years, and Jackson likes what he's seen.
Dirk is having some fun moving me around and playing me in multiple places, and it’s been fun for me, too,’’ Jackson said, per TBO.com. “It’s fun to play inside (in the slot) and outside, to be able stretch the field and cross the field. That’s what’s good about this system. We’re going to put the ball all over the place. The backs, the tight ends, everybody’s going to be involved and that should make it fun for all of us."
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