Vincent Jackson > Brandon MarshallJuly 11th, 2012
NFL.com analyst and former NFL receiver Bucky Brooks has pored over game film and determined that Vincent Jackson is a better receiver than Brandon Marshall, a guy many Bucs fans yearned for in free agency a couple of years ago.
Marshall is now on Chicago’s roster, as he and Jackson are two big-name wideouts with new homes for 2012. Brooks offers an interesting audio and video breakdown here, and you can read the written version.
Big-bodied receivers typically struggle running routes due to the difficulty of dropping their weight on cuts and re-generating speed. However, Jackson and Marshall have become solid route runners over the course of their respective careers. Jackson excels at running the vertical portion of the route tree. From the “Bang-8″ (skinny post) to the post-corner, he has developed into an indefensible threat in isolated situations with his speed and athleticism. In an offensive system that emphasizes the vertical passing game, he is a nightmare to defend.
It’s going to be darn interesting to watch how Mike Sullivan decides to use Jackson. Joe suspects we’ll see more of Jackson over the middle of the field than ever before.
And Joe’s very eager to see how well Josh Freeman can throw the homerun ball, something he did painfully little of last year. If the Bucs stay healthy, Freeman has every possible toy he needs to be wildly successful. He’s got to deliver.