DeSean Jackson Talks Interception PreventionMarch 16th, 2017
The Bucs’ new big-money receiver, nine-year veteran DeSean Jackson, made one hell of a bold claim on WDAE-AM 620 last week.
Joe had to re-listen a few times to let it sink in.
Speaking to Pat and Aaron, Jackson said he’s only been overthrown a couple of times in the NFL.
“I don’t really allow guys, with me being smaller, if I can’t get it no one’s going to get it,” Jackson said of him taking pride in being a great target for his quarterback.
“I’ve been overthrown a couple of times, but that’s rare. So even if it’s underthrown to be still able to go up and make plays on the football is something that I have. I’m agile at any given time to, if the ball’s underthrown, to stop, adjust my body, still catch the ball and then hopefully make it into the end zone.
“Just really being able to have the precise decision that when I run my routes, this is what [Jameis] is going to get out of it. I’m going to be determined to get to the spot, get open and beat the defender.”
Jackson has 498 career catches with a ton of deep balls in there. So only overthrown twice? That’s sick, if accurate.
Jackson also has averaged 17.7 yards per catch in his career. That’s the second best average of this decade!
So is it fair to say interception totals for America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, should come down this season?
Absolutely they should.
Jameis is averaging a little more more than one pick per game. If Jackson’s presence can translate into shaving a few picks off the season total, that would be huge.
Dirk Koetter is much like Lovie Smith in how much he believes that turnovers are a major key to wins and losses.
Jackson should be a difference-maker in that department. Just the single coverage coming to either Mike Evans or Jackson on any given play should get it done.