Buccaneers: Five Options to Cure the Need for Speed
Since the day that he was drafted DeSean Jackson has been the most electrifying speed threat in the NFL. Jackson was drafted by the Eagles and played six seasons in Philadelphia before joining the Redskins in 2014, where he would continue to roast defensive backs for three seasons.
Jackson played 15 games in the 2016 season and recorded 56 catches, 1005 yards and 4 touchdowns. He wasn’t ranked favorably by Pro Football Focus (36th), but he still showed off his trademark speed and had five games of at least 100 yards (and another with 96). Jackson would instantly be able to open up space for Mike Evans and Cameron Brate to operate in and would add a new set of hands to run the screens that they like to feed to Adam Humphries. Jackson is also capable of returning punts and kicks, which is something that the Bucs need desperately.
Jackson is 30 years old now and just completed the final year of his Redskins contract making him a free agent. His age and relatively modest production makes him both a potential bargain and a risky purchase. On one hand Jackson has still shown a high ceiling, but on the other hand he’s been prone to disappearing for stretches of time.