The Record-Setting Tanard Jackson

August 10th, 2009

Earlier Joe unveiled Chucky the Treasonist.

Now Joe brings you Tanard Jackson the Marksman.

Joe better be careful before he gets a visit from the Secret Service.

Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune claims there’s at least one question for every Bucs defensive back but Jackson. With Jackson, there is no question he will start. And his former position coach, Raheem the Dream, loves the guy.

“Quiet, deadly marksman. That’s what he is,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “He just shows up on your team as a fourth-round draft pick in 2007. He starts the first game. He plays and you go to the playoffs.”

Jackson has started 32 consecutive regular-season games, the only defensive player in team history to play that many contests to begin a career.

Morris, who joked that Jackson had a 152-pound frame as a rookie, expects his safety to have a bigger impact in Tampa Bay’s new defensive scheme. Jackson welcomes those expectations and believes he can be a difference-maker, but in his quiet fashion.

If one thinks about all the solid if not great players who have played on the defensive side of the ball for the Bucs, it blows Joe’s mind that Jackson is the first guy to start each of his first 32 games as a Bucs player. Lee Roy Selmon didn’t; Warren Sapp didn’t; Derrick Brooks didn’t; John Lynch didn’t; Jackson did.

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