2017 Buccaneers Fantasy Forecast: WR, DeSean Jackson
Jackson himself was probably the biggest addition to the Buccaneers’ roster. So there aren’t any additions to speak of, but there is a significant loss.
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WR, Vincent Jackson
RB, Doug Martin (Suspended 3-Games)
This looks similar to the profile I did for Mike Evans because, well, they’re both Buccaneers receivers and their circumstances will be similar because of this.
Still though, playing alongside Evans, Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and OJ Howard will give Jackson some room to maneuver.
The greatest benefactor of this re-tooled offense will undoubtedly be Jameis Winston himself. If teams open the umbrella to keep Jackson from torching them, then Evans, Brate, Humphries and Howard will feast on an over-spread front nine.
If the defense plays close to the line, or heaven help them, in man; then the Buccaneers will simply send Jackson over the top against the many defensive backs who can’t possibly match-up.
So really, it’s just a game of taking what the defense gives you. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before.
With Evans and Brate already having solid relationships with Winston, Jackson is going to be working his way into the fold.
This means up and down weeks with a lot of splash plays, but little on the consistent side.
Bottom line, with so many hands to feed, Jackson simply isn’t going to get WR1 numbers every week.
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So, how does he stack up as a WR2?
With Doug Martin suspended for the first three games of the season, teams are going to look at trying to disrupt the passing game with a strong pass rush.
Less time in the pocket for Winston means less time for Jackson to get deep. However, it could also lean towards more quick hit routes and screen passes for him as well.
When Martin returns, it should be game on for the entire Buccaneers offense if they can stay healthy enough to truly capitalize.