Bucs trying to find ways to free Jackson
With Bucs receiver Mike Williams done for the year due to hamstring surgery, you knew it was going to be a lot tougher for fellow receiver Vincent Jackson.
Jackson, a Pro Bowler and the team's top receiving option, has received even more attention from opposing defenses, which shadow their coverage toward his side of the field. The Bucs have tried things, like moving Jackson around, to get him open, but had trouble with that last week in Seattle, when he had just two catches for a season-low 11 yards.
Jackson said he won't let it frustrate him, just plans to work through it.
"Some weeks, it's just going to be me out there drawing two guys, three guys," Jackson said. "We have great playmakers on this team, a great running game. Some weeks, it's going to be like that. I'm okay with that. I'm going to continue to go out there and trust the coaches, trust their schemes and put me in position to be successful, but more importantly put our offense in position to be successful."
Jackson pointed out that while he had a quiet day, the Bucs offense still put up 24 points, with WR Tim Wright having a big day, and QB Mike Glennon improving. Coach Greg Schiano said other teams are "always going to dedicate coverage to Vincent," but they have route adjustments that have helped him get the football even so. Just not as much last week.
Jackson said that as a competitor, he wants the ball, but understands the situation.
"They'll move me around, hopefully get some matchups inside,' Jackson said. "They have some routes that when they're double-teaming, there's some convergance to it that gives me an opportunity to get open. But, again, it's just the way the game goes, you've got to go with the flow of the game, I'm not going to get frustrated when those things happen. Because if you have two guys paying attention to me, that means usually someone else has a great matchup, and I'm okay with that."