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Jackson will make big plays for the Bucs, Chargers coach Norv Turner says



Vincent Jackson will stretch the field and improve the accuracy of quarterback Josh Freeman, Chargers coach Norv Turner said Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Jackson owns a career 17.5-yard receiving average and was extremely productive in his seven seasons with the Chargers.

"Vincent is an outstanding person, he's really a competitive player,'' Turner said from the NFL owners meetings Tuesday. "Obviously, the thing he did for us, he stretches the field, he makes big plays up the field. He's had an 18-yard average. He's a guy who's going to help the quarterback be more accurate because of his big frame, big body receiver who's going to go get the football.

"The guys that have been with me, I think they understand if you play receiver in our offense, you're going to go run. I assume that's the way it is in most places, you're going to go run. Vincent is an outstanding worker, he loves to practice, is high energy and he runs. He runs up the field, he comes back and he runs up the field again, he comes back and he runs up the field again. That's what we do and we're a vertical passing game. He's a guy a lot of times won't let you take him out.''

Jackson's ability to attact the football is as much of a weapon as his speed, Turner said. 

"You can't have the production he's had unless you go get the football,'' Turner said. "He's a build-up speed guy and he's a big body guy. He's a 235-pound guy. He's a physical player that's going to go get the football.''


[Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:23am]


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