Father Time Catching DJax?

July 19th, 2018

Numbers cranked out by the NFL seem to indicate DeSean Jackson isn’t the burner he once was.

That’s not to say he is slow by any imagination. But the Bucs wide receiver may be closer to the pack than once upon a time.

The NFL has a series of stats it pumps out called “NextGen” stats. These come from technology and computer chips placed in the shoulder pads of all players. No guesswork on these stats, nor are they generated by well-trained primates. All of the data comes from the tracking in players’ equipment, and devices with referees, first down markers, and end zone pylons.

The data is then downloaded and — voila! — everyone with access can analyze the information.

A website called AirYards.com, using data supplied by NFL’s NextGen stats, has a chart of how speedy Jackson is compared to the average NFL player. Seems as if last year Jackson could have lost a few RPMs. That’s not to suggest Jackson is slow, but per AirYards.com he is closer to average.

Except when he goes deep.

Jackson last year, per the chart, is close to average speed but his endurance is incredible. When other wide receivers begin to feel the piano on their backs 45 yards from the line of scrimmage, Jackson actually throws it into overdrive and gets faster!

At top speed, Jackson is running 20 mph some 55 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Joe’s readers can see for themselves by using the chart at AirYards.com. In 2016 with the Redskins, Jackson was well above league average in speed. Last year, not so much.

It’s a pretty cool site. You can also compare Jackson’s speed to other wide receivers.

13 Responses to “Father Time Catching DJax?”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    djax is more than a burner….take note dirk….


  2. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    What I learned from this chart is that Mike Evans is a lot faster than people give credit. His curve is astonishingly similar Djax and was consistently faster than both Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.

  3. Destinjohnny Says:

    This was an awful signing due to the fact that we weren’t one player away.
    He has 3 good years left in him and we need several more drafts to even be a 500 team.
    Now if we need one player to push us over the edge …
    I’d say get him, but as it’s stands it’s wasted money as we have 6-10 talent

  4. TX Bucs fan Says:

    @Joe, how about a poll to see if the fans favor trading DJax to Seattle for Earl Thomas.

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    He is growing old waiting for Jameis to find him in stride …….

  6. patrickbucs Says:

    Yeah DJ had major issues getting open deep lol.

  7. BucNole Says:

    He probably hasnt slowed all that much
    I would rather suggest that DJax like many FAs we seem to sign is loafing and not playing as hard as he should.
    AND this coaching staff seems to be fine with it

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    Don’t know DJ’s height but he seems to get lost behind the defenders.

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Altered- LMAO!!!

  10. Trench War Says:

    I think for all that money and speed he should be fielding punts or kickoffs.

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    I love djx. But plain and simple. He is not a fit here. And won’t be next year either 2 QBs and both can’t hit him deep it’s all u need to know that it just doesn’t work here

  12. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Destin Johnny, you think this team is several drafts away from being 500? GFOH! They went 9-7 in 2016. They made some massive upgrades on the d line and secondary this year and hopefully chose the right RB in the draft. I think this team is on the verge of being very good right now. All of you so called fans don’t seem to realize what the weaknesses were on this team last year and how much was addressed this offseason.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Destinjohnny Says
    “This was an awful signing due to the fact that we weren’t one player away.
    He has 3 good years left in him and we need several more drafts to even be a 500 team.”

    I was all set to politely disagree, but then I realized you just have a spelling variation of one of our Debbie Downer trolls.

    So I could point out how ridiculous your statement is, but with you being a troll, I realize facts and proof don’t matter to you. All that matters is your opinion, no matter how far off base you are.

    That is, after all, the very nature of an Internet Troll. Bash, bash, bash, and always be negative and insulting. Unfortunately, this site is a magnet for your type, through no fault of Joe.

    TouchDownTampaBay pretty much nailed it, but let me take it a step further. Winning season in 2016, and in 2017, we were very close to being an 11-5 team.

    Here’s why:
    Kicker Nick Folk literally lost 2 of his 4 games due to a missed kick. Had he made those 2 kicks, we would have been 7-9. He was promptly replaced.

    The throughout the rest of the season,when the team was behing in points, Jameis led them back to take the lead 4 times, only to have the defense blow it all 4 times. That would have been another 4 wins, which would have put us at 11-5 in 2017.

    This is amazing considering James’ throwing shoulder was injured, 21 of 22 starters were injured throughout the season (most in the NFL) and we lost our bye week because of a hurricane.

    So what does Licht do?

    He has the best off season of his career, fixing the offensive line, the defensive line, the secondary AND the kicking game.

    Anyone who doesn’t think this team is built to win is either ignorant of the facts, trolling to get reactions, or is a straight out hater. Or a combination of them.