“I Don’t Have To Be 100 Percent. That’s Not My Goal.”

November 14th, 2015

VincentJacksonVincent Jackson shared his philosophy on returning to the playing field.

Speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night, Jackson said his knee injury 20 days ago against Washington is a waiting game with the Bucs’ medical staff. Jackson said he’s feeling better but not ready.

However, V-Jax made it clear that he’s not looking for a perfect health exam to get on the field.

“I’m definitely going to come back, whenever I feel I can play football. I don’t have to be 100 percent. That’s not my goal,” Jackson said. “My goal is to be able to be productive, obviously, not risking king myself for further injury. You know, being able to stay on the field. So that’s the goal.”

The significance of Jackson’s injury is unclear. The Bucs aren’t talking. But Joe learned last week that Jackson’s initial prognosis was six weeks.

“I’d rather not come back too soon and then possibly aggravate it,” Jackson said, “or do something that makes it worse and then possibly miss a longer period of time possibly the rest of the regular season.

36 Responses to ““I Don’t Have To Be 100 Percent. That’s Not My Goal.””

  1. The original "Kevin" Says:

    I really think they should get humphries more involved. Those little shifty slot guys are soooooo effective in getting first downs. I dont think that guy has dropped a single pass thrown to him this season or in preseason with his opportunities. Seems like a no brainer to give him some targets with what he has shown up to this point

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @Original Kevin

    Agree completely about Humphries. Perhaps he can become our Julian Edelman.
    He seems to have the hands and the courage.

    As for VJAX…ASJ or any player coming back from injury it seems to pretty clear to me. Here are the considerations

    1.)Is there a chance of reinjury and lengthening the time out of the season…and what VJAX didn’t wish to contemplate…turning an injury into a career ender because a player comes back too soon. IMHO that is the major consideration.

    2.) Can the player perform at a high enough level…doesn’t have to be 100% but needs to be enough to contribute and not hurt the team’s efforts.

    Those are the two considerations…playing in pain is expected.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Jackson probably hasnt seen 100% in a very long time. At least he tells how long he may be out. His experience is missed.

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    Huge factor having Jackson out. Evans cannot handle the pressure he has been receiving. Who knows? ASJ might make a… surprise appearance this week.

  5. cmurda Says:

    1) First and foremost I believe V Jax is sending a message to ASJ. Get out there and help your team asap. You don’t have to be 100%. I appreciate V Jax and I appreciate the message being received loud and clear.

    2) From the preseason I was raving about Humphries to my son. He made a mistake on a ball that shouldn’t have been thrown by JW, ended up a pick 6 and all of a sudden he’s in Lovie’s doghouse. He actually runs great routes, has Welker-like speed and is sure-handed. He should definitely be more involved. I hope Dye continues to grow but I’m not feeling it. I don’t see him eing more than a 4th WR and special teams guy. It’s okay. We need those guys too.

  6. "TheKevin" Says:

    Stop talking about ASJ.

    Dude is soft as toilet paper and that’s where he belongs. In the toilet. Huge crap disappointment. At this point it’s best to just stop talking about he guy. As soon as he’s back he’ll be hurt again.

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    How is he sending a message to ASJ when if were up to him he would be out there? Sorry but that makes zero sense. The Dr.s & trainers have clearly been holding him back because he doesn’t have the strength in his shoulder yet and would most likely injure the shoulder worse if he attempts to play on it at this point.

  8. The original "Kevin" Says:

    I agree on vjax waiting until its smart to play. Football is a sport where you have to play with some pain at some point or another….but if its going to hurt the total offense or your career…sit on the sideline.

    As for ASJ….if he can practice he needs to be playing. Quite being soft. We should use some rwo te sets with myers or has proven he has hands and either asj or stocker. Throw humphries in the slot with Evan right next to him. Winston has really been developing nice. I would really like to see them carry a bit faster pace on offe se and possibly not commit to the run game AS MUCH when its obviius its not working. Not saying abandon the run byt if you have 5 yards rushing by the end of the first quarter….its time to throw the ball on first down in my opinion. If its working then stick with it. Thats one thing I hate….when a team wates until halftime to make in game adjustments….or sometimes 4 mjnutes left in the fourth quarter.

  9. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I like Humphries, but he has severe limitations. Wes Welker he is not. First of all, if he doesn’t get a free release, he’s done. He can’t seem to free himself. You think Welker had that problem? Again, I’m not hating on the kid, but just because he’s small, quick, and white doesn’t mean he’s a Hall of Fame caliber receiver like Welker. I’d love to see him get more opportunities, but let’s pump the brakes just a bit.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Why is Humphries always being compared to other white WRs like Welker, Amendola & Edelman……I know white guys all look alike….but…..just wondering!!!

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    For the same reason people like to compare Jameis to Jamarus Russell or Byron Leftwich. It’s pure laziness. Instead of actually watching the guy play and seeing who he plays like, you just compare him to the person he looks like.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I presume you look like Mariota, Iosefa or Daniel Inuoye…..

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    HB and TBBF….those were my exact thoughts when I read the post. smh

    Though it’s been said HB looks more like this guy : https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/472969062981435392/7w5plIum.jpeg

  14. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Maybe becasue they are all small shifty slot wrs with reliable hands?????I dont know just a thought but that may be a small contribution to the comparison. The fact that they all white has nothing to do with it. I was also thinking cole beasley as a great comparison.

    How about Markus Wheaton or Jamison Crowder …compare him to whoever the hell you want.

    Hes no hall of famer….but with what he has shown us in a small sample size, there is zero reason to not give the guy extra targets until he proves he cant get the job done….or someone else comes along who is better

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Bwa ha ha ha ha!

    I’m back to 100% health for now kids. (knocks twice on wood)

    I missed some of you guys. No really it’s true.

    I said SOME. Not all of you. HB and TBBF fall into the category of posters I missed

    I missed LUV, DB55, Bonzai, Lord Corn, tickdr, Couch Fan, Realist of course, even SPBF, Bucrightoff. I might of forgot a few names.

    Go Bucs baby!

  16. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Seems like someone is always scrolling on here searching for something or someone to disagree with. Whether or not its actually a valid arguement, if its even close they seem to do it out of bordome.

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Kevin HB and I loooooove to argue and debate. We live for that sh!t man.

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I remember catching a preason game at the “Murph”. Back when Welker was a undrafted rookie free agent. I never forget – how this little light skinned kid was flying all over the place.

    On kick off coverage he was flying down the field to make a tackle.
    On returns — one step in the kid was down the field. On offense he was solid on bubble screens, and slants. I was like – damn I wish had this kid.

    It was funny now when you think about it –because at the time everyone was comparing Welker to Tim Dwight.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    We still here buddy – Just busy as all get out. Hope your health is holding up

  20. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Ha ha! How’d you get that picture of me? Are you stalking me? LMAO. Glad you’re doing good. And yes, we love to argue. Isn’t that the point?

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Comparing Humphries to Welker is like comparing Harold Miner to Michael Jordan (some of you may not be old enough to know who Harold Miner is). It’s ridiculous, and should never happen. Don’t try to justify it, just stop. How about we let him catch a TD or run a kick back first, ok?

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Gary Clark, Ernest Givins & Don Beebe were some of my favorite slot receivers to watch. I always thought Buffalo — should have played Steve Tasker more in the slot. That dude could do anything. He was one of the best utility players to ever play the game. Its a true crime that he’s not in the Hall.

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hawaiian Buc

    I’ve actually meet Harold in Lake Las Vegas, for Sunday Brunch (Jazz By the Lake On Sundays). Good dude –but no comparison to Jordan at all. Even though he had major hops — but to short. Plus is individual D, was suspect. While Jordan’s was superior.

    I compare Harold more Dee Brown (No Look)

  24. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Dee Brown Looks Back at the 1991 Dunk Contest

  25. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Couldnt agree with you more….lets see him catch a td pass or do a kick return first which brings me back to my first post. He needs more touches for that to be possible. If it doesnt pan out then its next man up, but its seems lime he has earned the opportunity thus far

  26. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Agreed…lets see him make some plays first. Needs the targets to be able to do it though. Feed the kid and see what hes got!

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    I remember Minor. That was back when you could take 3 steps to the basket or a whistle blew for traveling. That’s why any record that gets broken in today’s NBA should be thrown out or have an asterisk. IMO Lebron would be just an average player back in the fays of the real NBA. Maybe not average, but more of a Scottie Pipen than a Jordan.

    I loved basketball. Twas my favorite sport growing up. Football baffled me too much. To many rules to figure out when I was younger. If anyone was looking for me in the neighborhood I could be found out on the courts about 70% of the time.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    you couldn’t take 3 steps

  29. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @TBBF and Hawaiian

    Why is Humphries always being compared to other white WRs like Welker, Amendola & Edelman……

    For the same reason there was a very successful movie called “White Men Can’t Jump” with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. Pretty good movie actually.

    If you’re accusing us of a form of reverse racism then mea culpa. No doubt. It may be lazy but everybody knows what you mean. Welker was a great receiver but he was never going to be confused with Joey Galloway. Same for Edelman.

    Now Hawaiian makes a different point. Welker is a borderline HOFer and so it’s not appropriate to compare a second string rookie to Welker. This is why I select Edelman. In fairness to Julian he may yet develop Welker like stats but in fairness to Humphries he may yet develop into a poor man’s Edelman. But I agree with you Hawaiian. Welker is a bridge too far.

  30. WalkdaPlank Says:

    87 LeBron wouldn’t last a season in the old NBA. A 6’8″ 280 pound man falling over every time he gets touched? Disgraceful.

  31. cmurda Says:

    For the record here, and I don’t know if I’m the only guy that brought up Welker with a comparison to Humphries. I said Humphries and Welker-like speed. I didn’t say he’s anywhere near the same level.

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I just like yanking chain sometimes…..provoking thought.

    To be honest…..Humphries reminds me of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  33. Pawl Says:

    When we are in Red Zone, I rarely see nice ovse top fade throw for jump or whatever, always some kind of pitch throw to Sims or run play. Remember Josh McCown has pretty over the top throw, the ball floats slowly and straight down for advantage to tall receivers, is why Evans had 12TDs

  34. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    No, you are far from the only guy that has brought up the Welker comparison. I’m not going to lie, when I see him the first thing that comes to mind is Welker. However, it isn’t he reminds me of Welker as much as it is I wish he can be like Welker. I’ve seen Humphries practice and I don’t see him as ever becoming Welker. I hope I’m wrong, but guys like Welker are one in a million. Let’s not set unreal expectations for him. Remember we cut him and nobody claimed him. I’m pretty sure with all the talent evaluators out there, if he were in the same vicinity as Welker, he’d have been scooped up.

  35. godzilla13 Says:

    The offense isn’t the same without Vincent Jackson. What we need to do against the Cowgirls is run the da@n ball. Hasn’t anyone noticed we win games when we keep Winston under 25 pass attempts. Hopefully Martin and Sims are past the bumbling fumbling. With or without ASJ, I hope Koetter opens it up to our TE’s. This offense has to figure out how to score TD’s in the red zone. If it takes four downs to do it, then that is what we need to do. We are not going to win games kicking FG. I mean what do we really have to lose? If we get into a 4th and one from the one or two yard line please call a QB sneak. Better yet bring in McCoy and make him a tackle eligible and throw a TD pass to him.

  36. cmurda Says:


    Well, I’m with you on that. I bring up any comparison with the hopes that he could hold a candle to Welker. From what I’ve seen, it’s probably unlikely but there’s hope for him as a slot guy. Naturally, a shorter white guy that’s built like Welker would be compared to him. I’d be happy with anybody that could resemble more of a Keyshawn Johnson type who was willing to take the hit to move the chains over the middle of the field. V Jax is that guy with respect to being a possession type of receiver but not in the sense with as reliable hands and size. VJax isn’t getting younger and we are in need for another receiver to show up that can shoulder the responsibility for years to come.