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Bucs DeSean Jackson proves he can be a red zone threat

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson works against coaches attempting to strip the ball during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, July 31, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) FLCO107

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson works against coaches attempting to strip the ball during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, July 31, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) FLCO107

DeSean Jackson is known as such a dangerous deep threat, it's easy to dismiss him in the red zone. But Jackson put on a show in practice Saturday and it began in 11-on-11 near the goal line. First he beat cornerback Vernon Hargreaves to the inside and made a diving catch in the end zone. Then lining on the right side of the formation, he ran a post route and made a leaping grab under the goal post and toe-tapped in the back of the end zone.

Jackson made several other big plays, including hauling in a deep pass down the right sideline from Jameis Winston.

"Anytime you're able to get that close down there, it's a little harder because the field gets smaller but we had some great plays in there,'' Jackson said. "I was able to make some great plays.''

Jackson can run all the routes, and Koetter said his best play is when he caught a quick out, made one defender miss and was off to the races.

"DeSean had a great day,'' Koetter said. "Got off to a fast start. You know one of his best plays, I don't even know (it anyone saw it) because it was over there on the sideline in that last period on a quick out, he broke that tackle and he was gone. Big day for DeSean. Fun to see.''

An enthusiastic, standing room only crowd greeted the Bucs Saturday morning and Jackson said the players responded.

"It was good. They were out here since like seven,'' Jackson said. "We heard them in the meeting room so we knew it was going to be a very energized day. We appreciate their support so we put a little show on for them.''

Bucs DeSean Jackson proves he can be a red zone threat 08/05/17 [Last modified: Saturday, August 5, 2017 1:27pm]
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