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Schiano: Bucs need to get Jackson more involved



Mike Williams has joked that in the Bucs dynamic receiving duo, he's Robin and Vincent Jackson is Batman.

In that case, Jackson, 30, is missing his sidekick quite a bit.

With Williams gone due to season-ending hamstring sugery, Jackson could have used some super powers the past three weeks to free himself from suffocating coverage, as the Pro Bowler saw a lot more double teams and a lot less passes.

The last time Williams played, Oct. 20 in Atlanta, Jackson had 22 targets and 10 catches for 138 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown that remains the longest offensive play of the season. But in the last two games, Jackson has been targeted just 12 times, with five catches.

Most No. 1 receivers get extra attention, and without Williams and running back Doug Martin (shoulder surgery), opponents will focus on taking out Jackson, the Bucs best remaining offensive option.

But coach Greg Schiano made it clear that they've got to get Jackson more involved, starting Sunday against the Falcons.

"We need to make sure he gets his touches because he's a dynamic player," coach Greg Schiano said. “You're talking about a Pro Bowl player. And, certainly, with the loss of some (of our) weapons offensively, defenses are really going to key on him now. That's a fact of life. But get over it and find a way to get him the ball. That's what we have to do."

[Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 3:43pm]


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