When it came to catching the ball last season, the Bucs' best pair of hands ranked 47th in the league. Mike Williams finished behind 46 other wideouts in receiving yards.
It was a glaring deficiency that the Bucs fixed with one move -- hauling in Vincent Jackson, who's had 1,000 yards in three of his last four seasons. A must need and a perfect fit for Jackson.
"It's fresh, it feels good," said Jackson. "There is a lot of energy around here. I couldn't be happier and be in a better place right now. It's a great situation for me and I think we are going to do some good things this year."
Vincent Jackson is clearly the number-one receiver on the Bucs' team. His first priority to is lead by example in games, but he brings an added bonus to this team on the practice field.
"I think one of the things we looked forward to in signing Vincent Jackson was not only his play, but his leadership," said new head coach Greg Schiano. "We have several connections to Vincent and we had very good reports on him. Not only as a game player, but a practice player and a true professional. That proving to be true and it's something we needed. Especially with a young group of receivers. In comes a guy, an experienced vet. I think it's been a real good mix. So I think it's been a real good mix. I really like how that group is coming together."
Mike Williams is expected to benefit the most. Jackson will take away the defensive pressure and is an example of hard work.
"He goes out there and shows us what he has seen during his long career," said Williams. "His thousand-yard season and his Pro Bowl seasons, he's letting us know what to see. We are just basically trying to work together as a group to succeed."
"We are all going to help each other," added Jackson. "You know what I mean. We are all going to feed off each other. I'm going to learn from him and he's going to learn from me. We have a great coach -- P.J. Fleck, who's very detail oriented. He's going to make us great. We can be good, but we want to be great and he's the guy to do it."
The Bucs are paying Jackson $11-million a season and right now he's showing he's worth it.
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