Expect OTA (Spring Practices) Absences From DeSean Jackson

April 16th, 2018

DeSean Jackson explains

DeSean Jackson was asked a few different ways today whether he planned to attend all of the Buccaneers’ voluntary workouts this spring.

There are 10 sessions in total.

After a long media session today, Jackson started to look like old school boxer Roberto Durán ducking and dodging jabs and punches. And Jackson sort of delivered a very toned down version of Durán’s famous “No Mas” declaration against Sugar Ray Leonard.

“When I’m here [at OTAs] I’ll give it my full-go, and work as hard as I can; when I’m gone I’ll be doing the same thing,’ Jackson said. So a lot of times people judge, ‘Oh, he’s not here he’s not working,’ or whatever the case may be. When I’m gone, I’m working just as hard. Like I said, it’s an understanding with my coaches and my teammates. If anybody else feels any other way, I don’t really care for that.”

Jackson wouldn’t say whether he planned to miss time or how much it might be. He did remind media that he’s an 11-year veteran with a proven personal training routine and he’ll be ready to play when the bell rings on the 2018 season.

Look, it sucks that Jackson isn’t all-in on spring practice. That time can only help the lacking chemistry between him and America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston. But it should be a relatively insignificant issue. Jackson is a professional and certainly was solid on the field last season.

Dirk Koetter swears Jackson was open and Bucs quarterbacks just did an inadequate job delivering him the football.

Joe sees this as a bit of a loss for Jameis, who in January sounded like a man who wants D-Jax at every practice. Joe will leave you with that season-ending quote by Jameis on the subject.

“It was just like me and Mike [Evans] our first year; we clicked and then we had to find like our thing,” Jameis said in January. “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.”

62 Responses to “Expect OTA (Spring Practices) Absences From DeSean Jackson”

  1. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Oh well

  2. Lord Cornelius Says:

    All I know is that in his Washington highlights – a ton of balls were not thrown well where had to adjust his route to make the catch. Typically to the side or behind him.

    I didn’t see him make a play on any ball that wasn’t basically perfect last year in terms of the deep bombs. One was with Fitzpatrick and the ball looked to be catchable if he just adjusted his route to it. It wasn’t just Jameis. I don’t have the film though to really break that down but I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for what Koetter was looking at

  3. Geno Says:

    Good report, Joe!
    Certainly, it would help their chemistry the more they practice together.

    But, the film clearly shows it was mostly Jameis being highly inconsistent or inaccurate on his long balls.

    My thoughts are that Jameis has to improve either his deep ball or his recognition of his check downs. I personally rate Jameis as one of the best intermediate throwers in this league.

    After watching Fitz a little, he seemed to be better at his check downs at the end of the year. Let’s hope his dedication to his profession shows up on Sundays. Everything suggests he has the desire.

    Go Bucs.

    P.S. He is not America’s Quarterback.

  4. SB Says:

    I agree Lord C. DJax is the Epitome of a Diva and has a sense of entitlement that obscures his understanding of what a ‘true pro’ is. Never really liked the signing and I actually don’t care if he becomes some sort of a trade package on Draft night.
    In Godwin we Trust!

  5. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Lol in not mad. His absence just means way more reps for his eventual replacement in the not so distant future. Who, you ask? Only the amazing, the cool, the calm and the collected,

    CHRIS “Put Me In The Game Coach!” GODWIN

    Seriously, he could have broken out last year as a rookie on a WR needy team. The kid willbe something special as soon as he’s given even opportunities.

  6. SB Says:

    Hey Joe…..Denver is releasing CJ Andersen.

  7. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe…..Denver is releasing CJ Andersen.

    Very aware. 🙂

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Any truth to DJax only spending 1 day in Tally (basically a photo op showing he putting in work) before splitting?

  9. Tiredoflosing Says:

    These are not the answers of a man who is, “All in”. Jameis clearly had trouble getting this man the ball last year. No matter who’s fault it was, hearing anything other than we are “living” together day in and day out to make things work, is unacceptable! This is clearly a coaching and G.M. issue now. Find guys who want to win and accept no excuses!

  10. BucEmUp Says:

    Jackson doesn’t need deep throws to get big gains. But the Diva doesn’t want to run cross routes because he might get hit too too too HAAAAARD!!!!!!!

    He doesn’t want to lay out for a pass because he doesn’t want to mess up his pretty little fingernails.

    Sure Jameis missed him and that son Jamies, but anyone thinking Djax can’t do better is blind. Godwin better be getting the snaps. We want wins not drama!!!

  11. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Considering that last statement by Jameis, DJax’s absence potentially undermines his leadership on the team. If the Bucs have a losing season this year, will critics point to this as one of the reasons? I’m glad that the media is asking DJax these questions. #PaidFloridaVacation

  12. BucEmUp Says:

    Working away doesn’t help chemistry with his young QB. This guy doesn’t want to win, he wants to get paid and pay his pals to drive around in his trucks with hollow points, weed and crash into stuff.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Several teams could use his services.

    Move’em now while there’s still value.

    Perfect fit for N.E, S.F., or CHI

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Trade Djax to Chicago for Jordan Howard

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    –DeSean Jackson: $11,000,000 saved

  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    U can sign

    A veteran CB, S, and running back w/ that money

    • Orleans Darkwa RB 26
    • C.J. Anderson RB 27
    • DeMarco Murray RB 30
    • Eli Rogers WR 25
    • Brandon Coleman WR 25
    • Austin Howard RT 31

    • Willie Young OLB 32
    • Bashaud Breeland CB 26
    • Tre Boston FS 25
    • Kenny Vaccaro SS 27
    • Eric Reid SS 26

    Note: Word is -at some point Bashuad Breeland will be cleared to play this summer.

  17. SB Says:

    I’m with you LUV.
    Hope all is good with you btw!

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Im good brotha – how about yourself?

  19. SB Says:

    All good! Just bought a couple of Dirtbikes for me and the boy. Just waiting for the snow to melt now!
    Also no broken bones on the skiing trip is a Plus! 🙂

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Good sh!t.
    Glad the trip went well.
    Sound like the boyz, are about to have a blast this summer

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Bet the floor looking real good right now.

  22. Cover Deuce Says:

    I want him healthy and ready to go for training camp and the games that matter. If he wants to stay away and do his own routine, that’s fine by me. No sense in having your veteran speedster blowing a knee or spraining an ankle in Spring.

  23. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Luv and SB I’m with you guys!!!

    I don’t care about the big money…but I do care about the message being sent to the rest of the team.

    Either we’re all in our we’re out. Time to move DJAX and replace that lost pick in the JPP deal. Would we be happy to trade DJAX for a proven DE. Get that pick back and that’s what we’ve done.

  24. SB Says:

    Lol! The floor already has scratches all over it from all of the obsidian sands up here. Ish happens! You thinking Nelson in the first, or a trade back?

  25. NFLNut Says:

    Trading DJax to the Bears for Howard and then using the cap savings to sign Brashaud Breeland and a SS like Tre Boston, Kenny Vaccaro or Eric Reid would be a very solid move, as it would give us 3 starters for 1 and would mean we wouldn’t “need” to draft a SS, CB or RB in the early rounds.

  26. SB Says:

    I am thinking the same thing SPBF. I was never enamored with DJax in the first place. Was I excited about the possibilities of he and JW3 wearing out Defenses? Yes. However DJax’s work ethic is what stands in the way of him and Greatness, Imo

  27. Fire the Glazers Says:

    This guy is overpaid and a selfish turd.
    He makes more $ than 90% of the roster and all THOSE guys are coming in…
    I don’t like this guy.
    Licht should shop his butt.
    I had more fun watching Godwin last year than DeSean Jackson.
    Dude was a non factor in helping the Bucs Offense.
    Can’t blame his woeful stats and mediocre play on no run game.
    Then you have to say that mike Evans and cam Brate played poorly too.

  28. ATrain Says:

    DJax send him on the Retirement Train

    Also what the heck is with the two cackling Hens

    Please move to the Ophra thread

  29. gotbbucs Says:

    MeShawn Johnson 2.0

  30. SB Says:

    Nice one Gotbucs

  31. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Cowboys need a WR.

  32. SB Says:

    Hey Atrain…..If you are talking about me and LUV then you can go suck a d!ck

  33. gotbbucs Says:

    Is he still worth a 3rd round pick at this point? I doubt it.

    I’d honestly probably just take a 4th or 5th and move on. Do the Rams have any picks left that they can trade away?

  34. SB Says:

    I don’t know Got……..he might still be worth a 3rd rounder but I am Sure he would be worth it in the Pre season if another team’s WR went down. Gambling there though by waiting that long Imo. Draft day would be the best time to move him IF Licht so desires.

  35. Destinjohnny Says:

    Team chemistry is I overrated….
    So when balls sail over his head by 10 feet….

  36. Not there yet Says:

    One season in Tampa and loader mentality of loser fans of a losing franchise thinks this guy suddenly isn’t worth the paycheck. Half of you only know what winning looks like because of the other teams in the NFL. You can’t look at your own team in this new generation and say what a winning formula for bucs should or could be because if you did you wouldn’t be taking shots at every guy who isn’t perfect on this roster. D Jack will be fine and he’s the vet so the only guy who can’t miss ota would be Winston he’s the one with something to prove, he’s the one who ultimately had to put the ball in the guys hand and that was not an issue until he came to Tampa

    Career lows and here d jacks getting the blame not one comment about Winston which is silly talk

  37. Richbucsfan Says:

    I’m not sure he’ll be with the Bucs. If he’s traded that’s fine with me.

  38. ATrain Says:


    Im sorry again you are on the WRONG THREAD

    This is a footBALL site not a BALLS across your nose site
    Please switch back

  39. SB Says:

    C’mon Not there. You know that Djax has had the ‘Diva’ label since he was drafted. Personally I can’t speak for “half of you” but I can say that I personally sat through 14 Straight losing seasons back in the ’80s without ever missing a home game and I know what losing looks like. DJax could put more effort into his craft but he doesn’t and is happy with his millions. He is by NO means a grinder!

  40. SB Says:

    Sad that you wear the moniker of my third favorite Buc ever Atrain. Again. Go suck a D!ick.

  41. BoJim Says:

    A guy that makes his kinda money should be there 100% all the time. Sheet, that goes for any player no matter the salary. Barring injuries, in which case they should be on the sidelines watching.

  42. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Yeah…don’t like the stink of this one either. Not even close to “all in”, DJax’s mentality. Trust me this is NOT lost on Licht.

    Easily could be takers for his services in this order…Arizona, Dallas, San Francisco (remember Kyle Shanahan used him well in WAS), Baltimore, Chicago. Maybe more. Would be a nice $11 mill clean sweep on our books to use elsewhere. But would be smarter to do it before the draft with at least 3 of those teams, keep leverage.

    Go Bucs!

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If you ask me, if he cannot be here to establish chemistry with Jameis, then he cannot complain when they bust him down to 3rd stringer and promote Godwin.

  44. ATrain Says:


    SB is confused, his beer and Valium induced hazed brain is leading him to believe this is MoeSucsFan…

    SB TRY THE BlueOysterClub

    Hahah if you don’t know it watch Police Academy

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Geno Says:
    “But, the film clearly shows it was mostly Jameis being highly inconsistent or inaccurate on his long balls.”

    There is no doubt that Jameis messed up some passes. He DID have a shoulder injury.

    That said, what you missed was Jackson running the wrong routes, which was pointed out multiple times last season. He was also held up at the line multiple times. He’s afraid of hits, so he won’t even try for some catchable passes if he feels like he’ll get hit as he catches it.

    You won’t hear that from teammates or staff, because Jackson is a diva and they don’t want a locker room issue, but after this year, it costs nothing to cut him. And he WILL be cut.

    Mike Evans numbers dropped last year because Jameis was being forced to throw to Jackson. Forget that junk, Jameis. You are the franchise. You tell coach Jackson has to earn being targeted by being at OTAs, and by spending extra time with you.

    Godwin worked with Jameis before he even started OTAs last year.

  46. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Not there yet Says:
    “Half of you only know what winning looks like because of the other teams in the NFL. You can’t look at your own team in this new generation and say what a winning formula for bucs should or could be because if you did you wouldn’t be taking shots at every guy who isn’t perfect on this roster.”

    A couple important points here…

    1 You are right. There are straight up haters around here who hate on everything…but the majority are not like that. There are only maybe five like that. And most of them point to a losing mentality.

    2 Here’s what we know. Jameis had an injury starting at game 2 last year. Should he have been pulled? Maybe. He may have healed up faster and we might have won more games as a result. We’ll never know.

    3 We also know this…DJax is weak. He’s afraid of getting hit and he needs the ball thrown perfect to him, unlike players like Mike Evans or Cam Brate, who manage to catch plenty somehow. Even when a ball is thrown to the right spot, half the time he is in the wrong spot because he’s horrible at route running. Or…he drops a bunch anyway (although some stat geeks have twisted some stats to make it seem like he doesn’t).

    4 The team walks on eggshells around Jackson because they do not want him freaking out. If they had no fear, Jameis would straight up tell him that if he wants the ball thrown to him, he needs to be at all of the OTAs for at least this year to develop chemistry.

    5 DJax does not have a winning mentality. He has a ‘me’ mentality. That much is obvious.

    I didn’t care for him being signed last year. I know saw that he had a lot of drops and managed to get the yards with yards after catches in the instances when he actually caught the ball.

    Speed is great. Catching the freaking ball is better. I will take a WR who catches the ball at ten yards 80% of the time over a WR who catches the ball at 25 yards 20% of the time any day. (as an example)

  47. USFBUC Says:

    @Not There Yet – Part of the complaint is that for Winston to really work on his passing with DJax is for them to spend time practicing together, which of course can’t be done if DJax is not present.

    @NFLNut – that would be a brilliant move if Licht pulled it off trading to get a RB, then signing a S or CB.

  48. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I love how Jackson said it took him years to develop chemistry in the past…and he expects us to wait for it to happen when he isn’t even trying.

  49. SB Says:

    Atrain, you are obviously way too smart for me. Carry on.
    I acquiesce to your awesomeness!

  50. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I may be the other cackling hen LMAO. Can’t believe anybody could refer to Luv that way…but then I wouldn’t call you that either….me? Yeah I plead guilty. LOL

    Some have brought it up already but in addition to our general disappointment with DJAX there is the Godwin problem. If he did all of that last year while fighting injuries imagine him healthy with a year of experience. Let’s be honest DJAX has only one thing over Godwin and that is speed. Who has better hands?
    Tossup? Who runs better routes? Who is more coachable? Who has larger cojones when it comes to contact…that’s a slam dunk.

    We’ve all wondered why DK didn’t hit DJAX with more quick slants and let his speed provide some solid YAC….could it be that DJAX doesn’t really want to catch it in traffic? Not a problem with Godwin..that kid is a gamer and he and #3 won our last game for us. Gotta make room for Godwin eventually. I see Godwin developing into a legitimate #1 WR except we already have that in ME13. And so perhaps we end up with 1a and 1b. Not to compare them to the perhaps the greatest tandem ever…Swann and Stallworth…but they could become…Evans and Godwin.

  51. USFBUC Says:

    @NFLNut – I also wouldn’t mind trading DJax for the Colts or 49’ers third rounder, that would still free up the cap space and give us a high third round pick

  52. cmurda Says:

    This just in. Another 14 penalties were called against the Lightning as the Devils flopped their way to a referee given away win.

  53. Rod Munch Says:

    Cue the boring rabble rousers…

    Rabble rabble rabble…

  54. Rod Munch Says:

    I’m outraged…

    Rabble rabble rabble…

  55. SB Says:

    Yeah they dropped the puck cmurda but What an Ending to draw you into the next game! My son was watching and he was like “I can’t wait to see Boyle get his face smashed next game!”

  56. cmurda Says:

    @SB. Homebody literally turned and skated his face into 98’s arm and they call a penalty because a guy goes down. It was pathetic officiating for a playoff game but meh I guess NJ needed the help.

  57. SB Says:

    Totally agree!. He was really just protecting himself. You have to brace for impact if you see it coming.

  58. SB Says:

    You are no cackling hen SPBF. Top ten most valued commentor imho.

  59. Rod Munch Says:

    Lightning weren’t going to sweep, now they have the chance to close out in 5 at home.

  60. cmurda Says:

    Exactly. Can’t win them all I guess but we were playing better hockey. We spent a 3rd of the game killing off penalties. For whatever the reason, hard to win when that happens.

  61. BringBucsBack Says:

    If Jackson is going to work “just as hard” away from the team, why not do it WITH the team?! it’s not like he doesn’t have the money to have his family with him. He sounds like a pre-Madonna for sure.

  62. Famous Jameis Says:

    Guys, one thing to keep in mind. When Desean had great chemistry with Vick, he was going to Cali in the offseason. When he had great chemistry with Cousins, he has the same offseason program of missing OTAs. That is his regimen to keep his top speed (it’s worked so far hasn’t it?). So before you all complain about this, him and Jameis will improve drastically this year, and there is still all of training camp which he will be there for. Practicing underwear football is not where their chemistry will happen. Training camp will be key.