Jackson (ankle) finished his first Buccaneers season with 50 receptions (on 91 targets) for 668 yards and three touchdowns over 14 games. He also rushed three times for 38 yards. The 10-year veteran's final numbers weren't drastically different from his final Redskins season in 2016 as far as receptions, but his yardage saw a precipitous drop from the 1,005 he'd tallied while catching passes from Kirk Cousins last year. Jackson's 13.4 YPC was also a career low, but as per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, the 31-year-old speedster led the NFL with 15.8 air yards per target. However, the accuracy on those throws was an issue, as Jackson was unable to bring in any of the seven targets of 40 or more yards that he saw. Conversely, he notched 11 grabs on such passes during his three-season tenure in the Nation's Capital. According to Laine, head coach Dirk Koetter insists that Jackson hasn't lost a step after watching him up close for a full training camp, preseason and 14 regular-season games, lending credence to the notion that 2017 may have simply been a somewhat rocky acclimation year. Jackson will head into next season looking to drastically improve on his 2017 numbers and add a sixth 1,000-yard season to his resume.
Jackson (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Saints, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The veteran speedster had practiced in a limited fashion throughout the week, but with nothing to play for in the season finale, he won't be exposed to potential further damage. Jackson missed the Week 16 tilt against the Panthers as well, and as was the case in that contest, rookie Chris Godwin (ankle) will slot in as the No. 2 wideout alongside Mike Evans in Jackson's stead.
Jackson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Jackson was limited at every practice this week, never quite making it back to full participation. His availability may not be confirmed, one way or the other, until the Bucs release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. It does seem Jackson is on track to return, though there's no real incentive to have him play through pain in the final week of a lost season. Chris Godwin (ankle), if available, would fall back to a part-time role if Jackson were to return.
Jackson (ankle) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Jackson's sprained left ankle forced his first absence of the season in the Week 16 loss to the Panthers, but his attendance for the team's first practice of the current week portends well for his availability for the season finale against the Saints. If the wideout is able to put forth a full practice Thursday or Friday, he'll likely reclaim his starting role Sunday, resulting in fewer targets to go around for Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin (ankle).
Jackson (ankle) was not spotted at Friday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jackson has not practiced at all this week, so his chances of playing in Sunday's matchup with the Panthers are not good. The Buccaneers will reveal Jackson's official status for Week 16 after Friday's practice comes to a close.
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