Some Historical Love For Vincent JacksonNovember 19th, 2012
Rockstar Bucs general manager Mark Dominik offered historical perspective on Vincent Jackson during a recent Peter King podcast. Dominik said he was targeting Jackson for a long time because it appeared he could be the first elite No. 1 receiver in his prime to available in free agency in many, many years, if not ever.
That was an interesting take on the Jackson signing, and one that’s delivering sweet music for the Bucs.
Not since Antonio Bryant’s eye-popping 2008 season has a Bucs wide receiver struck fear into opponents like Jackson has done in 2012. Bryant was one of Joe’s favorites, but it became clear he was off the couch and playing for a contract in ’08, while Jackson is collecting an eight-figure check and being an ultimate team player.
Jackson’s got 42 catches this season for a stunning 863 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s on pace to turn out arguably the best receiving season in Bucs history. Not since Mark Carrier’s Pro Bowl 1989 campaign (84 catches for 1422 yards and nine touchdowns), or the 1981 edition of Kevin House (56 catches for 1176 yards and nine TDs) have Bucs fans seen such explosiveness.
Jackson’s late touchdown grab yesterday in traffic was extraordinary yet Josh Freeman seems to be getting more of the credit for the throw. Yeah, it’s splitting hairs to argue who deserves more credit, but Joe wants to heap a bigger share of the love on Jackson. It was a brilliant catch.
If only Jackson could have managed another 45 inches on his 95-yard catch and run against New Orleans, this would practically be a perfect season for him.