Showtime For Vincent JacksonApril 6th, 2014
Your beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers report back to One Buc Palace tomorrow to embark on yet another new era.
Players will hit the scales, meet the new training staff, and get the long-awaited rules of Buccaneer life from new head coach Lovie Smith.
Unspoken rule No. 1? Don’t act like Mike Williams.
Yes, tomorrow Lovie will lay down the new law and likely shock the crap out of several Bucs who got accustomed to the New Schiano Order. Regardless of how Lovie is interpreted and received, Joe sure hopes DaQuan Bowers realizes that, unlike last year, he needs to be in premium shape come training camp.
What will be interesting is learning how leadership emerges in the overhauled Buccaneers locker room.
One guy Lovie and his staff will be looking to is Vincent Jackson, the Bucs’ $10 million man for 2014. Back in February, Joe recalls listening to new Bucs receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker and hearing that the Bucs want more leadership out of Jackson.
If that’s the case, then Jackson’s going to have to perform right out of the gate tomorrow. Jackson, a team captain on the NFL’s worst offense last year, must do better in that leadership role, especially considering he likely will be the go-to guy for one or two rookie receivers. Hayes-Stoker certainly doesn’t have the strongest resume as a position coach and could use the help.
Yes, Jackson is here primarily to catch footballs and touchdowns, but Lovie wants more than that. And for Jackson’s massive salary, Jackson probably has to be a standout on and off the field to return at 32 years old in 2015.
That’s no slight of Jackson, just the reality of surviving a regime change in the NFL. Jason Licht and Lovie have no ties to V-Jax. After the ousting of Darrelle Revis, Joe can’t rule out anything.