Jackson: Penalties hurting offense
Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson, who didn't speak to reporters after the last two games, had very little to say to explain back-to-back losses by a combined three points to the Jets and Saints except this: reduce penalties and finish.
"Two tough losses, down at the end of the games, I think they were both less than three points between the two of them,'' Jackson said. "That's what this game is all about. You look across the league, each and every year games are getting closer and closer so it's about finishing games, putting yourself in position to win at the end. I think we can finish better and we'll get the results we want.
"I think the biggest thing is penalties, setting yourself back. It's hard to get drives going when you're going backward and not forward. As long as we're taking care of the football, we're eliminating mental errors and not going backwards in penalties, I think this offense can do just fine.''
Jackson leads the Bucs with 12 catches for 231 yards. That's twice as many catches as Mike Williams, who has six receptions for 61 yards.
"I feel solid, man. I'm excited about our offense,'' Jackson said. "I think we'll continue to grow, continue to become more efficient with things we're calling and getting the ball around to different guys. I think we're doing well as an offense.''