One of the biggest disappointments in Tampa Bay’s 2016 season was veteran receiver Vincent Jackson.
Heading into this offseason, one of the team’s biggest needs is at wide receiver. Part of the reason for that is the regression of Jackson, who played just five games in 2016 before landing on injured reserve. Even in those five games, he put on sub-par performances. He only caught 15 of his 31 targets for 173 yards, while failing to find the end zone. Of course, not all of the disappointment is on Jackson. It’s unfair to blame him for an injury.
I think we all expected another big year for the Buccaneer offense, which set franchise records in 2015. And despite the fact that V-Jax is getting up there in terms of age, a lot more was expected of him this season. The struggles of the offense can be somewhat explained by no. 83’s absence. He didn’t deliver, and then his season came to an abrupt end. What could’ve been a big contract year turned into a big disappointment very quickly.