The V-Jax “Advice” Factor

May 17th, 2012

Joe and other Bucs fans heard over and over again in recent years how the Bucs didn’t really need veteran receivers around Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn because “vibing‘” former receivers coach Eric Yarber would fill the role of mentor.

Maybe Yarber was a great coach. Maybe he wasn’t.

But now the Bucs have hard-working veteran manbeast Vincent Jackson, and newly bearded Mike Williams (worst beard Joe’s seen in a while) is singing his praises, via

He is refining his route-running and becoming more adept at reading coverages, and that process has been made quite a bit easier by the knowledgeable presence of Jackson.

 “We get advice from each other but mostly from him,” said Williams of the Bucs’ receiving corps.  “He’s going out there and showing us what he’s seen throughout his long career, his 1,000-yard seasons and his Pro Bowl seasons.  He’s letting us know what we’re going to see.  We’re trying to work together as a group to compete.

“Basically [he says] to keep working on my game.  Don’t ever think you’ve mastered it; keep on working on it.  If you catch a pass 1,000 times, he wants you to catch it 1,005.  Just keep working on my game is basically what I’ve learned from him.”

You can look at Williams’ beard in this video, the latest official Bucs offering from the well-coiffed Scott Smith, and see Williams honing his craft with the high-energy P.J. Fleck.

16 Responses to “The V-Jax “Advice” Factor”

  1. Nick2 Says:

    This is very good news, the wide receivers just like almost every other part of our team last year had a huge leadership gap. Now we have leadership at the wide receiver position. Too bad we really don’t have that still in our linebacking corp, or defensive line but hopefully our better coaches will fill the void where veteran leadership is sorely needed!

  2. Dhoft Says:

    Keanu Reeves beard even thinks that is the worst beard it has seen.

  3. NJBucsFan Says:

    @ Joe. I wouldn’t say it’s the worst. I’m jealous of anyone who’s beard connects. I tried growing one and I was called Patches O’Hullahan. Now it does seem to resemble a certain region of many 1970’s adult movie actors and does look to have callics but I wouldn’t say it’s the worst.

  4. Eric Says:

    Bring in a experenced player helps the younger ones?


  5. Hooters Calendar Says:

    Kind of reminds me of Joey Galloway in the later years lol

  6. OAR Says:

    Yea, those 70’s thigh-ticklers were the worse!

  7. J 2.0 Says:

    Williams’ beard doesn’t look that bad. I watched the video in a separate window. When I closed that window, there was a Rays ad featuring Luke Scott. Now that is a terrible beard.

    NJBucfs, very funny post.

  8. Joe Says:

    J 2.0:

    Williams’ beard doesn’t look that bad. I watched the video in a separate window. When I closed that window, there was a Rays ad featuring Luke Scott. Now that is a terrible beard.


  9. J 2.0 Says:

    Though funny NJBucs, your post bothered me. Any true Bucs fan know how to spell Houlihan.

  10. J 2.0 Says:


  11. aj Says:

    Big problem with the front office last year, thinking that coaches could be leaders. It just doesn’t work that way.

    I agree, would still like to see them pick up a veteran leader in the front 7 on defense.

  12. kilohead Says:

    maybe old brian cox can light a fire under that front 7, im sure he has plenty to go around.

  13. Adam Says:

    What a shock! A veteran provides a little touch of leadership. Does the rest of the league know about this?

    Good God… was that strategy of building SOLELY through the draft the biggest Charlie-Foxtrot in Bucs history??

  14. Mr Lucky Says:

    When I first read the healine V-Jax advice I immediately thought,

    “Oh crap somehow Tanard Jackson is involved”

    Then I remembered the Bucs signed Vincent Jackson.

    It’s good to know that the V-Jax advice is good cuz the T-Jax advice was toked away to a Bob Marley beat.

    Speaking of beats how’s it going with Talib?

  15. funkymunkey Says:

    A WR that is currently on our roster that might turn some heads is rookie Tyler Shoemaker from Boise. Watching his college games, nothing said superstar. But if they needed a big play he was able to make it and rarely missed the ball. I think he will have a good chance to make the team as our #5 or #6 WR. VJ, Williams, Benn, then it opens up. All the others are close to the the same in skill set. SS, PP, Shoemaker, and even Tiquan Underwood all have a chance to make it as our #4-6 WRs. Doubt Briscoe makes the team since he can’t even show up to OTAs when his job is on the line. I really think Shoemaker will get some playing time and will turn into a very reliable WR for Josh. In the next 2 or 3 years I believe he will be our #4 WR when we spread it out. Thats all depending on what WRs we add to our team during that time period.

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Briscoe sure did not help his case staying home.