Well it looks as if my free agent wish list is coming true. Barring any setbacks, Desean Jackson will be a Buccaneer by the end of the day!
I have seen many different opinions related to this event. I understand the pessimistic perception considering DJax is thirty years old, used to be a diva, injuries, etc. Wait… no I don’t!! Are you guys insane?! This is exactly what this team needs. A speedy threat to take the top off the defense.
It’s not Jackson’s skill-set that is the biggest benefactor from this addition, it is the effect it will have on Mike Evans. Mike was double-teamed all season long in 2016 because of the lack of depth. Defenses were not threatened by Josh Huff, Cecil Shorts, or Russell Shepard. I can guarantee you they will not ignore Desean Jackson. After all of the recycling on offense we had to endure, Mike still managed to put up 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns! Now imagine what he’ll do when he’s one-on-one.
In the same breath, Desean is always one play away from taking it to the house. Evans is certainly going to eat, but DJax will be living in the backfield and our offense will finally be able to capitalize on home-runs. I witnessed at least five overthrows by Jameis to Evans last year in which Mike was a step too slow. If Desean were the target, that could have been five more touchdowns, which could have led to potentially more wins, and maybe even the playoffs. Don’t forget, Desean led the league in yards per reception two of the last three seasons.
As far as Bucs fans’ concerns about his character and injuries, well he’s been on his A-game since Philadelphia. I had the opportunity to discuss his tenure with several Redskins fans and they were disappointed to see him go. According to them, he’s been an excellent teammate and player. His injuries may also be over-exaggerated. He may have missed a few games here and there but his injury report is fairly limited for a player of his caliber. Plus, every player comes with a risk of injury.
Not only will both of these receivers thrive, but the running game is sure to excel. Defenses cannot crowd the box with two deep threats lined-up every play. Establish the pass and the run will follow, it works both ways.
Here’s another fun fact, we had ZERO(!) plays of 50+ yards in 2016. Desean has had twenty-one in the past five years! I think that would qualify as a game-changer, don’t you?
I couldn’t be more excited for this season. Just take a second to imagine this offense: Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries, Doug Martin and Charles Sims (the 2015 versions), and OJ Howard/Corey Davis/John Ross. Wow!! Now if the defense picks up where it left off, I wouldn’t be surprised by anything this season, including a deep playoff run.
Jason Licht truly is doing an excellent job piecing this team together. Just a few years ago we were lucky to pick up any notable free agents. Now our players want to stay here, free agents want to come, we had our first winning season in what seems like forever, and a culture is finally being established. We just need a few more pieces.
Oh ya and free agency hasn’t even begun!