Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Jackson likely game-time decision

TAMPA — The status of Bucs WR Vincent Jackson, whose 963 receiving yards are more than double any teammate, for Sunday's game against Buffalo remains in question after he was again limited in practice by a hamstring injury Friday.

Coach Greg Schiano said he was "optimistic, cautiously" about Jackson, saying the decision will likely come from the veteran Sunday.

"He knows his body. He knows if he can do it or not," Schiano said. "And he desperately wants to help us win."

Jackson declined to comment.

Jackson, who is listed as questionable, also leads the team with 61 catches and five touchdown catches.

Schiano said Jackson's familiarity with the offense allows him to play with less practice: "A guy like Vincent can because he has so many cumulative reps, and he works so hard when he is out there."

More injuries: The injury report added a name in backup DE Da'Quan Bowers, who was limited by a knee injury and is questionable. Three others — CB Darrelle Revis (chest/shoulder), DT Akeem Spence (wrist) and G Davin Joseph (knee) are probable but expected to play.

FAMILIAR FOE: Tampa Bay special teams coach Dave Wann­stedt knows Buffalo well, having worked as its defensive coordinator in 2012 and inside linebackers coach in 2011. Four of the Bills' top five tacklers from last year aren't back, but Schiano said Wannstedt can help with the scouting report.

"They've changed schematically everything they do, so it doesn't help there. But from a personnel standpoint, Dave can give his input," said Schiano, who knows Bills coach Doug Marrone well from their days in the Big East from 2009-11.

Marrone's Syracuse teams beat Schiano's Rutgers teams in 2009 and 2010.

But Schiano won in double overtime in 2011.

THIS AND THAT: Rookie DE Steven Means is a Buffalo native who played collegiately at Buffalo. He has just three tackles in limited action but could be active against his hometown team if Bowers isn't healthy. … There's a strong Florida State contingent in the game in Bucs LB Dekoda Watson and FB Lonnie Pryor, plus Bills QB EJ Manuel, LB Nigel Bradham and LS Garrison Sanborn, a graduate of Tampa's Jesuit High. … Bucs RB Bobby Rainey already has beaten Buffalo this season. He was with Cleveland when it won 37-24 on Oct. 3. He had two carries for 8 yards.

Greg Auman can be reached at [email protected] and at (813) 226-3346. Follow him on Twitter at @gregauman.

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