No Excuse For Jackson Getting CaughtOctober 21st, 2012
Vincent Jackson, on the second Bucs offensive play after the halftime rest (the first play was a run), caught a pass from Josh Freeman and had a free romp 80 yards to the end zone.
But somehow, the fit, long-striding Jackson, the Bucs’ $11 million man, got run down from more than 20 yards away by Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins at the Saints 1 yard line.
Joe’s never seen such a collapse of will from a player in his prime. Nobody can make an argument that Jackson was tired. Was it his calf that showed up on the injury report last week but was supposed to be no problem? Maybe. But Jackson sure looked good after that play en route to racking up seven catches for 216 yards and a touchdown.
Joe has a theory; Jackson didn’t want it as much as Jenkins.
But it wasn’t Jackson’s fault the Bucs couldn’t put the ball in the end zone against the vaunted Saints defense from the 1 yard line.