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Vincent Jackson

32-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Jackson's efficiency has been on a five-year slide, from an elite 11.8 YPT at his peak while playing with Philip Rivers to a below-par 7.1 YPT (30th) last year in his age-31 season. Now 32, he returns...

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2015 ADP:  76.66

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HT: 6' 5"   WT: 230   DOB: 1/14/1983  College: Northern Colorado  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed as a free agent with the Bucs in March of 2012. It's reportedly a five-year deal worth $55.55 million, of which $26 million is guaranteed.

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Jackson was in on 61 snaps in the Week 11 victory over the Eagles, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Vincent Jackson NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 25 16 59 1098 7 100 18.6 11.0 - - - - - 4 69 17.3 0 - - - - - -
2009 26 15 68 1167 9 99 17.2 11.8 16 4 - - - 3 11 3.7 0 - - - - - -
2010 27 SD 5 14 248 3 24 17.7 10.3 3 1 1 0 0 1 14 14.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 28 SD 16 60 1106 9 115 18.4 9.6 21 4 4 2 0 3 51 17.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 29 TB 16 72 1384 8 147 19.2 9.4 24 6 5 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2013 30 TB 16 78 1224 7 159 15.7 7.7 19 5 4 2 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 31 TB 16 70 1002 2 142 14.3 7.1 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2015 32 TB 7 25 375 3 47 15.0 8.0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Vincent Jackson Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2008 25 16 9.9 13.6 11.8 4 69 15 - - 0 4 1 - -
2009 26 15 11.5 16.0 13.7 5 78 12 6 1 0 1 0 0 0
2010 27 SD 5 8.8 11.6 10.2 3 50 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
2011 28 SD 16 10.6 14.4 12.5 4 69 13 6 2 0 3 0 0 0
2012 29 TB 16 11.7 16.2 13.9 5 87 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 30 TB 16 10.3 15.2 12.7 5 77 18 7 4 0 0 0 0 0
2014 31 TB 16 7.0 11.4 9.2 4 63 14 7 3 0 0 0 0 0
2015 32 TB 7 7.9 11.5 9.7 4 54 12 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Vincent Jackson – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2015

Vincent Jackson was on the field for 412 of his team's snaps on offense in 2015.


Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Vincent Jackson was on the field for 2 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Off ST
2013 906 6
2014 903 0
2015 412 2
Vincent Jackson 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 Ten 70 0 4 51 0 11 12.8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0
2 @NO 55 0 3 54 1 5 18.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
3 @Hou 54 0 2 40 0 5 20.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Car 76 0 10 147 1 15 14.7 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
5 Jax 60 1 1 14 0 3 14.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 BYE Bye Week
7 @Was 36 0 1 13 0 2 13.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Atl
10 Dal
11 @Phi 61 1 4 56 1 6 14.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0
12 @Ind
13 Atl
14 NO
15 @StL
16 Chi
17 @Car

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Vincent Jackson  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Wide Receivers
Height:   6' 5"
Weight:   230 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.46 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.00 sec
Cone Drill:   6.84 sec
Arm Length:   32.00 in
Hand Length:   9.63 in
Vertical Jump:   39 in
Broad Jump:   129 in
Bench Press:   23 reps
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Vincent Jackson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Jackson secured four of six targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-17 victory over the Eagles.

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Jackson (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Philadelphia, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

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Jackson's ability to practice Thursday and Friday set the foundation for his return, bringing the Buccaneers one step closer to boasting an intact offense. With Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) still not medically cleared, Jackson will give Jameis Winston another proven receiving option next to Mike Evans in an otherwise uninspiring corps.
Jackson (knee) is expected to play Sunday at Philadelphia, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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Jackson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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It was reported early in the week that Jackson will likely miss a fourth straight game, but he subsequently returned to practice Thursday and Friday, albeit on a limited basis. He may be headed for a game-time decision, with his eventual return likely causing a dip in Mike Evans' massive target totals. There should still be quite a few looks to go around whenever Jackson returns, as the Bucs lack depth at wide receiver and still don't have TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder).
Jackson (knee) took part in Friday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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It was reported earlier this week that Jackson is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, but he has given himself a chance to play by getting in some work both Thursday and Friday. Expect the Buccaneers to provide an official update on Jackson's status following the conclusion of Friday's practice.
Jackson (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

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Prior to Thursday's showing, Jackson had missed all versions of practice since suffering a knee injury in Week 7. His activity included running routes and even cutting, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, but this is only the first step in his quest to return to the field. Because another absence is expected Sunday in Philadelphia, Mike Evans will continue to court most of Jameis Winston's attention in the Bucs' passing attack.
Jackson (knee) is expected to miss Sunday's contest at Philadelphia, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Andrew Astleford of noted that Jackson wasn't present at Wednesday's practice, which was soon followed by Rapoport's report. Owners can't expect to have Jackson at their disposal until he takes part in drills, however minimal that may be. No matter, it appears that the Buccaneers' offense will continue to be the Jameis Winston and Mike Evans show for the foreseeable future.
Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Jackson (knee) did not take part in Friday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Jackson was unable to get on the practice field at all this week, so it's looking like he will be ruled out again in Week 10. The Buccaneers will provide an official update on Jackson's status when they release their final injury report of the week following Friday's practice.
Jackson (knee) was unable to participate in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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With another DNP in his back pocket, Jackson hasn't displayed any signs that his first game-day appearance since Week 7 is imminent. Consequently, the Buccaneers could rule him out in advance of Sunday's contest against the Cowboys. At the very least, he appears destined for questionable status in Week 10.

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Talk about being the only game in town. Once Mike Williams and Doug Martin went down, Jackson was really all the Bucs had. In fact, only Anquan Boldin had a bigger percentage of his team’s targets than Jackson. As you might expect, the situation yielded a lot of opportunities but not much efficiency. Despite finishing tied for seventh in targets, Jackson was 20th in catches and 14th in yards, thanks to his 7.7 YPT (24th). Of course, much of that was due to his below-average signal callers, the ineffective Josh Freeman and rookie Mike Glennon. This year, Jackson should get a lift from the combination of free-agent signee Josh McCown and/or a more developed Glennon, and the offensive coordinator brought in by new head coach Lovie Smith, former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, can’t but be an improvement over last year’s offensive “brain-trust”. At 6-5, 230 and with good speed, Jackson is a weapon both down the field and near the goal line, though at 31 he’s at the stage of his career where receivers typically lose a step. Nonetheless, he’s the team’s clear No. 1 target, and the quality of his opportunities should improve.


Jackson's first season in Tampa Bay could not have gone much better. Despite playing with an average quarterback and for a run-oriented coach, Jackson finished as the league's No. 6 fantasy receiver, averaging a whopping 19.2 YPC (1st) and 9.4 YPT (7th). At 6-5, 230 and with good deep speed, Jackson specializes in the big play with 24 catches of 20-plus (3rd) and six catches of 40 yards or more (T-2nd). Jackson saw 20 red-zone targets (T-6th), pulling in six for scores. Jackson also displayed excellent hands, with only three drops on 147 targets. If you're looking for downside, Jackson turned 30 in January, and teammate Mike Williams is a threat to take red-zone targets – Williams had 18 red-zone looks last year and scored nine times to Jackson's eight.


The NFL’s most efficient receiver over the last four years, Jackson will ply his trade in Tampa Bay this season, with Josh Freeman replacing Philip Rivers as his quarterback. Jackson’s 9.6 YPT (6th) last year actually represented his weakest per-target output in the last four years, thanks to a lower-than-usual 52-percent catch rate. (Jackson’s 18.4 YPC was second among the league’s 32 100-target receivers.) At 6-5, 240, and with good deep speed, Jackson is a matchup problem for virtually any defensive back. He’s not especially shifty, but given his massive frame he doesn’t need to be. In San Diego, Jackson typically ran deeper routes, and while we’d expect him to be deployed similarly in Tampa, there could be an adjustment period with Freeman. In any case, there’s little doubt about the 6-6, 250-pound Freeman’s arm strength, and given Jackson’s massive deal – five years and $55 million (with $26 million guaranteed) – he’ll almost certainly be Freeman’s go-to guy. Third-year man Mike Williams and newly signed tight end Dallas Clark are also in the mix, so it remains to be seen whether Jackson sees significantly more targets than he did with the Chargers.


A protracted holdout and a calf injury limited Jackson to just five games last year, but based on his stellar per-play numbers (17.7 YPC, 10.3 YPT), he was his usual self. At 6-4, 241 and with legitimate deep speed, Jackson is a problem for smaller DBs and slower linebackers. Jackson isn't particularly elusive, but given his big frame and Philip Rivers' accurate arm, he doesn't need to be. While the Chargers’ run-heavy tendencies and Antonio Gates' red-zone prowess limit Jackson's looks from in close, he's still capable in that area of the field and can also do damage from farther out. Jackson agreed to return to the Chargers, signing his one-year franchise tender, so he should be motivated to produce this season, but the emergence of Malcom Floyd as a viable top target is also something to consider.


Perhaps the arbitrary cutoff point of 100- targets makes the other receivers on this list grade better than they should — if we include the 99-target Jackson, everyone gets bumped down one slot. Jackson led the NFL with a whopping 11.8 yards per target — the best mark in the five years we’ve tracked this stat among receivers with 100 or more looks. Of course, Jackson had just 99, and so despite his 17.2-yard-per-catch average (2nd) and absurd 69-percent catch rate for someone who runs that far down the field, he had just 1,167 yards. At 6-4, 241, and with legitimate deep speed, Jackson is matchup problem for defenses as he can run by slower corners and safeties, and can block out virtually any defensive back with his big body. Jackson’s not especially shifty, but given his size and Philip Rivers’ strong and accurate arm, he doesn’t need to be. While Jackson has ideal red-zone size, the presence of elite goal-line option Antonio Gates and Norv Turner’s run-heavy offense limits Jackson’s opportunities for easy scores — only 12 red-zone looks all year and six (four TDs) from inside the 10. Two other concerns: Jackson is likely to face a league-imposed suspension of at least one game for driving with a suspended license last year (Jackson had already been on probation for a DUI in 2006), so there’s a good chance he’ll be forced to miss some time early in the year. Moreover, Jackson was absent from San Diego’s first offseason coaching session in May and is expected to sit out the entire offseason program as he’s dissatisfied with his current contract situation, i.e., there’s some small possibility of a holdout.


Jackson’s breakout really occurred in the 2007-08 postseason when he led the league in receiving yards. While Jackson didn’t see enough targets in the 2008 regular season to duplicate that feat, he certainly did more than enough with the opportunities he received. On a per-target basis, only Steve Smith outgained Jackson’s 10.9 mark, and not by a whole lot. While Jackson snagged a respectable 58 percent of the balls thrown his way, it was his whopping 18.6 yards per catch (1st among 100-target WR) that stands out. And despite seeing just 101 targets, Jackson was in a three-way tie for second with seven catches of 40-plus yards. At 6-4, 241, Jackson is bigger and stronger than virtually any receiver in the league not named Calvin Johnson, and has deep speed, to boot. Naturally, given his bulk, he’s not especially quick, and while his route running is improving, he’ll never be mistaken for Torry Holt. On most teams Jackson’s size would make him the first option in the red zone, but Jackson saw a modest 15 looks from in close (24th) last year, four less than tight end Antonio Gates – and Gates played through a nagging toe injury for much of the season. With Philip Rivers establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and Jackson surpassing Chris Chambers as the team’s top wideout, another productive season is in store. Jackson’s ceiling is limited, however, by Gates’ world-class red-zone talents and coach Norv Turner’s run-first play calling (even with a banged-up LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers were 24th in pass attempts last year at 30 per game).


For all those who bought into the preseason hype and drafted Jackson too high, it probably wasn't much consolation that he led the NFL in postseason receiving yards. The question for 2008 is whether the regular or postseason sample is a more reliable indicator. Jackson had a passable regular season by real football standards, averaging 15.2 yards per catch and 7.8 yards per target. He only caught 51 percent of the balls thrown his way, but he tends to catch the ball farther down the field than possession receivers. In the playoffs, Jackson caught 18 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, and he and fellow deep-threat Chris Chambers showed that the Chargers were capable of looking down the field. But that happened when Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson were banged up, so don’t expect it to continue as long as those two are healthy. At 6-5, 241, Jackson has tremendous size and good straight-ahead speed. He doesn't run great routes, and he's not especially quick, but he's strong, physical and willing to go after the ball in traffic. You'd think this would make him an ideal red-zone target, but the Chargers targeted him 16 times inside the 20, and he caught just four of those balls, and only one for a touchdown. There's some potential for growth here, but with run-heavy Norv Turner still at the helm and Chambers and Gates around to split the targets, we think a modest bump on Jackson's regular season totals is a more realistic expectation.


Take a look at what Jackson did over the final four regular season games – 14 catches for 294 yards and three scores – and it’s clear he’s emerging as Philip Rivers’ favorite target among the San Diego wideouts. At 6-4, 241, Jackson is built more like a tight end, but he also has very good straight ahead speed and can beat defenders downfield – he had two catches of 40-yards or more on just 57 targets and averaged nearly 17 yards per catch. Jackson’s size also makes him a dangerous threat in the red zone as he pulled in four of his six targets there for touchdowns a year ago. Jackson’s not especially quick or shifty, and his route running could stand to improve. And as good of a red-zone target as he is, he’s likely to be second fiddle there to Antonio Gates. Not to mention all of the running plays Norv Turner’s going to call for LaDainian Tomlinson.


Jackson could be on the verge of something big in 2006 as he is penciled into the third wide receiver spot, behind Keenan McCardell and Eric Parker. McCardell is past his prime and Parker has never really set the world on fire, so Jackson could move up the ladder if he starts the season off strong. He size and speed have drawn comparisons to Terrel Owens, so he definitely has the tools. This is a big year for the young wide out.


Even though the team is very high on their rookie receiver, it is hard to imagine him cracking the top three at the wideout position in 2005. Jackson is built like a tight end but moves like a wide receiver, and he has a ton of confidence in himself. His size could make him a great red-zone threat, particularly with all of the other options that opposing defenses will need to contend with. At this stage, however, he will probably go undrafted in fantasy leagues throughout the country.