Jackson continues to shine for Bucs
In the offseason, the Bucs big free agent spending spree brought guard Carl Nicks, defensive back Eric Wright and receiver Vincent Jackson into the fold.
And while Nicks is hurt, and Wright is suspended, Jackson continues to live up to the big deal he signed to be the team's No. 1 receiver.
Jackson took over the game during parts of Sunday's loss to the Eagles, with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. Matched up with Eagles three-time Pro Bowl corner Nnamdi Asomugha, Jackson was able to get the most of him, making some nice inside moves for big gains, which helped move the chains. Jackson had matched up against Asomughua, a former Raiders star, for many years in the AFC West.
"I really do enjoy playing against the elite corners in this league - they bring out the best in you," Jackson said. "They're tough guys, they win their battles, you win your battles, and that's the fun part of playing this game. That's why I play.
"It's never about one-on-one matchups, but when you come down to it, it's 11 guys, you've got the guy in front of you. For me, to go out and, my approach is always to do my job and execute and outperform the man in front of me, each and every play."
Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowler with San Diego, signed a five-year, $55.5 million contract with the Bucs, and was quickly voted a team captain. He's led by example on the field, with Sunday his fourth 100-yard receiving game. He has 56 catches for 1,145 yards and eight touchdowns this year.
"I'm pleased with it, I'm happy to contribute the way I have," Jackson said. "There are a lot of great tools around me that allow me to be successful. For me, I just have to go out there and continue to work hard, have fun, enjoy it, and we'll see how the season ends. But right now, it's always about the wins first."
-- JOE SMITH