Is Jameis Pushing DeSean Jackson To Show Up At Spring Practices This Year?

January 4th, 2018

Anyone seen the lightning-fast guy?

Telling words delivered by America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

In April, NFL teams report back to work and start what’s known as offseason training activities that culminate in a mid-June minicamp before their summer vacation.

Those OTAs? They are optional. P

Players don’t have to show up, but attendance is always well over 90 percent. DeSean Jackson was among the missing this spring for many practices.

Did it matter?

Jameis had a farewell chat with local media Monday and was asked about the pressure to connect with Jackson consistently, which was a problem through the season. Jameis sure implied that more work in OTAs is necessary and he’ll be leaning on Jackson to join him.

“It was just like me and Mike [Evans] our first year; we clicked and then we had to find like our thing,” Jameis said. “And with DeSean, we gotta continue to find our thing. Because he’s such an unbelievable player. Not many quarterbacks get the opportunity to play with a guy like that. So having a guy like that, you’ve got to work with him, you know.

“DeSean and I have talked about our offseason program. Because we did work in the offseason but it’s not nearly as much as we want. You know, with him coming to offseason workouts this year, he’s a veteran guy, so we have to get our work in, man. Obviously, a lot of that has do with just me being able to get him the football in the way that he likes the football. That’s going to be important, as well. So I’m going to sit down and talk to him and go over some things with him.”

It almost sounded like Jameis already has a commitment from Jackson to attend many more OTAs this year. Joe’s just basing that on how Jameis emphasized Jackson “coming to offseason workouts this year.”

It’ll be interesting to monitor how that plays out. Of course, with Jackson on the the team, versus signing in March last year, he and Jameis will have time on their own to connect over the next 3 1/2 months.

35 Responses to “Is Jameis Pushing DeSean Jackson To Show Up At Spring Practices This Year?”

  1. Pa Privateer Says:

    I am not sure if Jameis is “pushing” him, but it is dang obvious Jackson needs to spend time catching balls from Jameis.

  2. ndog Says:

    Yep I heard that too Joe and who is the only receiver Jamies really had issues connecting with this year……? I think we all know that every other receiver was there in OTAs and they did not seem to have any issue. Also please everyone go back and almost any throw Jameis is in accurate on or throws a pick on is to Evans or D-Jax. It is clear he put too much pressure on himself to get those guys the ball and either forces it or tries to be to perfect which almost always causes in accuracy. Most on this board know I defend Jameis pretty regularly BUT this is going to be his 4th year in the league and it is time he stops looking up to these guys and starts being the leader that he can be. When he just plays the offense and reads out the plays his throws are dang near perfect. Of course he is going to have bad reads and missed throws like everyone does but if he just plays the game and stops worrying about making people happy he WILL be a top 3 QB in this league. But that being said in my humble opinion it is all up to him now as bowing down to others is not going to cut it anymore. And if someone doesn’t like it he needs to be able to tell them to shut up or get out cause it is about winning, not about number of catches, TD’s or yards it is 100% about winning!!!!

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    I am glad to see this, and Hope that JW3 keeps that pressure up!!!!!! Much rather see that, then joe’s crazy idea of removing the deep ball from the offense!!!!!! Think of the yac and easy touchdowns that were passed up when Djax was running wide open and they did not connect last year!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. stu Says:

    Only if it’s convenient for DJ…not a fan

  5. BFFL Says:

    Unload DJ for a 7th round if you need to. He screwed up the chemistry of the O and is a distraction for JW. Evans, Godwin, Hump, Brate, OJ with Bobo and Martino works perfectly.

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    I hope dirk and smitty had a similar convo regarding their coaching!!!!….too many times this year we heard:

    -it starts with me….
    -that falls on my shoulders…..
    -I have to coach better…..
    -losing like that always hurts…..(my personal favorite)

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    put djax in the slot…..let him do option routes and double moves on LB’s…S’s and nickel cb’s….YAC & TD’s all day!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  8. El_Buc941 Says:

    I think it’s on both Jameis and is it that the last game of the year(Aints) Jameis was able to connect on a 39YARD BOMB to Godwin?!it’s the chemistry…desean needs to put in the time and effort to build it with Winston if he wants to get a ring before he retires.winston easily connects with OJ when OJ is wide open,Evans in double coverage,Godwin 39yrds downfield but not Jackson when he has 3 yrds between him and the defender?!C’MON MAN!

  9. Evolvingbucfan Says:

    I’m sick of hearing people say Jamies can’t hit Desean because he likes his tall receivers so he doesn’t have to be as accurate and he’s not used to Jackson’s smaller stature, Bull-Sh%t, he finds Humphries no problem.

    Adam Humphries 5’11”
    Desean Jackson 5’10”

  10. Lord Cornelius Says:

    All I know is the offense did a lot better without him… so we shall see. Depth is always important regardless.

    I didn’t recall many “wide open” djax plays. There is literally only 1 play all year I can think of where he had multiple yards of separation- it was the Vikings game when Winston threw a pick in the end zone. Terrible throw. But I did not see any separation like that in any other game for a deep ball.

    However, I can think of like 5-7 plays between both Winston & Fitz; where he was open by like 1 yard maybe (“wide a4ss open” per many on here); and the ball was play-able; and he didn’t make a play on it because it was slightly to the left / right / behind him; even though it was a play-able ball. For $10 mill a year I want to see some f*cking effort man. Not this o’lay bullsh1t to quote major league.

    Assuming we keep the same WR corps; Godwin needs to get the 2nd or 3rd most snaps after Mike Evans. Put him on the outside most plays and mix ME/Djax in the slot. Only use Humphries in specific packages. Use Djax more in crossing routes. If Djax is outside on 1st down and has a 10 yard cushion throw him a quick out for 5-7 yards. Use your damn weapons appropriately.

    Godwin/Howard should also have a great grasp of the playbook next year; so there can’t be any excuses about under-utilizing them.

  11. ndog Says:

    Also does D-Jax know it is not against the law to try to break a tackle and not run out of bounds willing everytime???

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    DJax could be an incredible weapon in this offense IF he & Jameis could get on the same page. That’s a big IF but some things just take time. Given that he got $20 mil in guaranteed money & has a dead CAP hit of $7.5 mil, I really doubt that Licht will (or can) trade him. BOTH Jameis AND DJax just need to get their collective act together, and they have plenty of time this off-season to do it.

  13. Tom Edrington Says:

    Only place DeSean needs to be pushed is out the door…

  14. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Did anyone notice on Bucs Rewind on the Buccaneers website how JW was giving the pregame hype speech prior to the NO game…if you look across from JW none other than #12 Godwin…he was in the same moment with his QB.

    I mention that since so many made a big deal of the way Djax was looking at JW when he was eating W’s…as if he was having a WTF moment

    All in all Godwin gets him and he also was available…he has earned JW’s trust an made an awesome play!

    We have a young team and I think some of our over the hill fans need to stop imposing our maturity on these young players!

  15. Doctor Stroud Says:

    In the off season, just please be safe and stay out of trouble.

  16. Howard Cosell Says:

    Don’t like Jacksons attitude.
    He’s a stones-throw from Chris Baker type cancer.
    I’d call him “pre-cancerous”

  17. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    another poor licht FA, trade djax asap… realistically bucs should be realeasing or trading half the roster… the bills traded their best DT and made playoffs, pretty sure bucs can trade GMC, djax, baker, martin, and will be at least 5-11

  18. Tom Says:

    I think the Bucs should try & trade Jackson. Godwin will be able to replace him without any problems. He’s proved himself this year. If they can’t trade Jackson, release him if his contract isn’t guaranteed.

  19. bucfan999 Says:

    I’m not even sure Jackson will be on the team next year. Aging receiver making $11 million a year and the deep ball isn’t Jameis’s strong suit. Plus Godwin looks ready to take playing time from Jackson next year all add up to moving on from D-Jax.

  20. doctor_berto Says:

    Cant we just get rid of him? Does that arrest allow us to do that without penalty?

  21. AlteredEgo Says:

    DJax…does not fit the future…starting with attitude…

  22. bkbuc Says:

    Godwin #2

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    LC says:
    “the offense did a lot better without him”

    Pretty sure that was mainly due to Barber playing instead of Martin and the OLine reserves seemingly run blocking better than the starters they replaced.

    Dirk’s offense (like most any offense really) needs run/pass balance to operate at full capabilities and be most effective.

    Its exactly why our offense looked somewhat out of sync too much of this year and didn’t score enough points. Oline not run blocking very well and Doug Martin not taking much advantage of the few opportunities he did get. Puts too much pressure on the passing game to succeed despite defenders usually knowing what’s coming when you face 3rd and 8 so often…

    I’m not buying the “DJax screwed up our offense’s chemistry because Winston was trying too hard to get him the ball” theory.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    If DJax is in a Bucs uniform, he needs to be working with the rest of the team. However, Godwin continues to emerge (as I expected) and appears to have decent chemistry with Jameis. I will not shed a tear if Godwin supplants DJax as the #2 WR.
    Agreed about the balance Pickgrin.

  25. The Anomaly Says:

    Jackson is a bust. Another Licht mistake in a long line of them.

    Licht sucks worse than Mark Dominik. Is that possible?

  26. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Pretty sure that was mainly due to Barber playing instead of Martin and the OLine reserves seemingly run blocking better than the starters they replaced”

    Very true actually and great point

  27. NFLNut Says:

    Trade DJax and our two 6th rounders and 7th rounder for a 3rd rounder … it’s very do-able as Kelvin Benjamin brought a 3rd and 7th for just a half season rental … DJax is valuable on the field even as a mere decoy so I think some team would pay that price … but with Evans/Godwin/Hump/Brate/OJ plus Bobo/Martino/Auclair/Simms we are pretty stacked in the receivers category, so I’d much rather have a 3rd round pick than DJax

  28. celly Says:

    i’d like to see them work with Godwin on the outside w/ Evans and put Jackson in the slot to be able to move him around more..

  29. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Maybe it is just me, but with Godwin’s development and the promise he showed this year I will be surprised if DJax is on the team in September.

  30. NFLNut Says:

    ^ That’s a solid idea too … I just think DJax might be too much of a diva to even accept slot-duty, whereas Hump is happy and thrives in the slot

  31. JimmyJack Says:

    put me in the trade Djax camp. The fact is our passing game put up more points without him. They will be just fine if he gets traded. Under normal circumstances I would say to keep him if we didn’t have so many needs.

    We could make this team better if we trade him that’s a good selling point.

    not sure if they are willing to trade him or they can find a partner. If they keep him with no results again it could be at the cost of their jobs.

  32. TDTB Says:

    Trade DJax to Giants for a corner back or edge rusher. He’s a cancer on this team.

  33. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Not only does Jackson perhaps get a full ota workout with winston but so does Godwin.

  34. McBuc Says:

    It all had to do with the shoulder, that slowed everything down. They will connect next year.

  35. BucEmUp Says:

    A 12 million dollar arm needs the ball delivered how he likes it?

    That’s pathetic on the part of Desean. Your making that much money you better lay out for that ball and get some grass in your helmet or go across the middle and take that hit

    God forbid you get some dirt under your well manicured finger nails.

    Joe should run a pole on who he thinks should be the starting wr2 next season across from evans….Jackson or Godwin but I’ll bet he won’t.

    Adam Humphries needs to be the too starting spot wr for 16 weeks hands down. Godwin obviously wants it more than Desean case closed