Drop Watch: One Assigned

September 13th, 2016

Volume 1 of Joe’s new feature

The NFL offers no official stats on drops, but various unreliable stat-geek outfits do. And after the seemingly countless drops by Mike Evans last year, Joe entered 2016 determined to chronicle drops and avoid confusion.

So, after Bucs-Falcons video study, Joe is assigning the first drop of the year to Vincent Jackson, and only one drop for Sunday’s game.

It came with 59 seconds remaining in the first half. The Bucs were on the Falcons’ 41-yard line, and America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, dropped back to pass with no rush. Jackson, on the right flank, broke inside and then took his route outside to the sideline. Jameis put the ball on the money at the 25-yard line. The ball entered Jackson’s gut and he couldn’t squeeze it.

After the play, the TV cameras caught V-Jax giving sort of an “it’s-on-me” wave back toward the huddle.

Bad drop, for sure.

It surely wasn’t a great game for V-Jax. Whether he or Jameis was at fault on their miscommunication interception likely will remain a mystery.

23 Responses to “Drop Watch: One Assigned”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    It surely wasn’t a great game for V-Jax. Whether he or Jameis was at fault on their miscommunication interception likely will remain a mystery.

    Jameis will take full responsibility as usual. vjax did not look right I am not going to come out and say slow but just not right.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Unfortunately, The drop and/or the miscommunication on the interception play is not the most concerning. VJ83 looked very slow and was singled covered majority of the game. And he did not look like he hardly ever got open!!!!!! He took 51 snaps and was barely noticeable!!!!!! Turning 34 years old at the end of the does not bode well to seeing VJ83 in 2017

    Bucs 1st selection in the NFL Draft 2017 is a WR!!!!!!!

  3. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Agree that it was not VJAX’s greatest game but it’s nothing to worry about. He’ll be fine.

    What is exciting is that we have sooooo many freaking weapons now a guy or two can have an off game and there are plenty of other guys to pick them up.

    I cannot remember seeing a Bucs team that had even half the solid weapons we have.

    Would you rather have Keyshawn or ME? Jurevicious or VJAX?

    Warrick and Mike were as good as Doug and Sims but not a ton better.

    Our QB is better and our OL is better. I was sooo sick of winning games 9-3,
    7-0, 14-10. Scoring 30+ points is EXCITING football…those 2 catches and Sims run after catch were things of beauty.

    In today’s NFL you better be able to score some points! It’s an offensive QB driven league now.

  4. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The pass play that concern me is, the “over the middle pass to Hump”. It seems like Jameis is always high on that pass and Hump always get’s his fingers on it. Hump is at least 6 inches shorter than ME and VJAX, maybe we can get VJAX in the slot more. A tip pass can be deadly in the middle of the field.

  5. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Is Vjax slowing down some? Sure. Will he be a weakness this year? I don’t think so.

    But, I agree about drafting another WR high in the draft.

  6. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    I LOVED Humphries on that WR screen play that set up the first TD to Myers. That was brilliantly called and brilliantly executed. I want to see more of that.

  7. K2 Says:

    Vjax is a big guy long strides..not slow. However, Jameis’ look after the play says it all VJax made a poor read and broke into coverage. It looks that he would have kept running straight it would have been a completion.

  8. K2 Says:

    Ajax is a star on the mid level crossing routes and the comebacks. He has always had a few drops, but make the caught when its really needed.

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I have absolute faith that when it counts the most Vjax will make the play to help us win this year’s Superbowl.

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    @ LOVE AND WARRICK DUNN aka Kobe Stalker

    I agree. It seems VJack cant explode out of breaks away from #2 corners

    He has a few routes he can still run but limited. I hope they can give Cecil Shorts some plays this week

    Im with you guys up top. Attack the weaker pass defenders. Attack the linebackers and safeties. Seems Brate can get 6-8 yards everytime whenever

    When Jameis gets really comfotable with the checkdowns and taking what the defense gives him ala Big Ben…watchout

  11. lightningbuc Says:

    Will the Joe(s) be dissecting the game tape as well to make us aware of how many bad throws Jaboo had – I can think of three off the top of my head? How stupid to focus on the mistakes of the receivers, but not of the QB. EVERYONE makes mistakes, some just less than others.

  12. ShaolinMonken Says:

    If Evans had Jacksons game he’d probably be blamed for 3 drops… there were 3 passes that hit Jackson that he didn’t reel in.

  13. tmaxcon Says:


    still a little bitter that Marioata stunk the joint up sunday… you are going to cry about 3 bad throws when Jameis tossed 4 TD’s… wow dude

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    VJax will get his catches in Arizona.

  15. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @lightning Buc
    sure we can work that pretty easy.
    since Joe referenced Mike Evans:
    71 % catch rate.since he had no drops and Jameis overthrew him twice he
    was responsible for 29% decline.post not meant to knock Jameis.But a receiver is not solely responsible for catch rate.just as the drop by VJAX
    goes against jameis’s completion rate.

  16. Bob in Valrico Says:

    have to agree,the pass you mentioned and the sideline pass should have been thrown to Evans.

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Oh God. Joe is keeping tabs on every drop this year. The negative nicknames are just waiting to be broken out again. Lets see – so far we’ve got V-Drops and K.Y. hands. What will Hump be derogatorily referred to once he racks up 3 or 4 drops?

  18. lightningbuc Says:

    tmaxcon Says:
    September 13th, 2016 at 11:45 am

    still a little bitter that Marioata stunk the joint up sunday… you are going to cry about 3 bad throws when Jameis tossed 4 TD’s… wow dude


    Not bitter at all. Jameis played well, as did the receivers. Sometimes receivers drop well thrown passes and sometimes QBs over and underthrow wide open receivers. That is all. But to focus on one and not the other is silly.

  19. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Some routes are option routes…that is to say that the WR has choices long with the QB. They react to what the DB gives them in real time.

    Perhaps that’s what happened,,,and in real time #3 and VJAX just saw different opportunities.

  20. Bob in Valrico Says:

    on a side note good presser with jameis. Jameis handles questions with the same pizazz he has in the pocket.This is the ultimate team first guy.always has good things to say about his teammates and sort of downplays his part.
    He is what Jason Licht thought he was.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    lightningbuc…thanks for dropping by.

    Do you have anything else to add about anything else on the site but Jameis?

  22. mike10 Says:


    When you get the chance, watch VJax’s body language after the Brandon Myers TD. Did you already write something on this?

  23. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Kobe Faker Says:
    September 13th, 2016 at 11:41 am

    @ LOVE AND WARRICK DUNN aka Kobe Stalker”

    Still scared to say your old name, I take it?