WR DeSean Jackson
When the season began, it appeared that DeSean Jackson turned back the clock. In three of his first four games, he gained 100 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick connected with Jackson on deep passes multiple times a game. Jackson has since cooled down. He has caught a handful of passes in each contest, but his game-breaking style wasn’t on display in the second half of the season.
Rumors also swirled around Jackson at the trade deadline, but the veteran remained despite the reports.
Jackson is a one-trick pony. He can speed past defensive backs, but he isn’t willing to take any chances over the middle.
This has put a ceiling on Jackson’s value. He has helped spread out defenses and allow other receivers to get open, but Tampa Bay’s offense can still put up points without him. At a price like that, he needs to prove he can get over the top on a weekly basis.
Even though the Bucs have an out in Jackson’s contract after this season, he can force his way back onto the team. Tampa Bay has seven games left to play. If Jackson can get back on the same page with Fitzpatrick, he could sway Licht to pick up his option.
Jackson has $10 million on the line, according to spotrac.com. It’s time to produce.