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Vincent Jackson a veteran leader in Tampa Bay

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In San Diego, Vincent Jackson had contract disputes and arrests and a suspension and earned a reputation as a player who was so difficult to deal with that he was barely worth his spectacular talent. But in Tampa Bay, Jackson has transformed into a veteran leader.

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams told the Tampa Tribune that as soon as Jackson signed his free-agent contract with the Buccaneers, he immediately established himself as the leader of the group and a sounding board for the younger receivers on the team. Williams said the group of young receivers who were already with the Bucs have all adopted Jackson as their leader.

“We still get advice from each other, too, but it’s mostly coming from him now,” Williams said of Jackson. “He’s been showing us a lot of what he’s seen throughout his long career and his 1,000-yard seasons and his Pro Bowl seasons.”

Williams said Jackson has been the person making sure all the young receivers are working hard.

“He’s been letting us know what we’re going to see [from opposing defenses], and he’s basically been telling me to just keep working on my game,” Williams said. “You can’t ever think you’ve mastered it. No matter what, you have to keep on working on it. If you catch a pass 1,000 times, he wants you to catch it 1,005 times. So just keep working on my game is basically what I’ve learned from him.”

There have never been any doubts about Jackson on the field on Sundays in the fall. Now Jackson is becoming a consummate professional all year long.

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43 Responses to “Vincent Jackson a veteran leader in Tampa Bay”
  1. shovelface55 says: May 20, 2012 5:03 PM

    I really hope nobody else in my Fantasy league read this…

  2. fthrvic says: May 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    I’m sorry, could you repeat that? I thought I heard you say “Vincent Jackson a veteran leader in Tampa Bay”…

  3. rajbais says: May 20, 2012 5:16 PM

    That’s why the DUI issue with V-Jax was a load of crap!!!!!

    He lost enough because of those occurrences and that’s why the need to worry about it was bullcrap!!!

  4. ~Hate~ says: May 20, 2012 5:17 PM

    Sounds like the anti-Keyshawn. Welcome to Tampa, VJax!!

  5. doctorfootball says: May 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    Next he’ll be teaching those receivers how to go about holding out. And also how to go about whining about your contract.

  6. johanneschimpo says: May 20, 2012 5:24 PM

    I’m not buying it.

  7. ruggyup says: May 20, 2012 5:40 PM

    Until proven wrong, I buy into the Jackson assessment. That kind of veteran influence is worth every penny of the admission price. TB just has not had enough of that from anyone. Go Bucs!

  8. lalakersalldammdayy24 says: May 20, 2012 5:41 PM

    B-jax is a selfish punk only cares about money !! If that were not trure he wouldnt bitch bout his contract

  9. souldogdave says: May 20, 2012 5:41 PM

    He was stuck on a loser before, San Diego is cursed. Phil Rivers on the Giants, Steelers or Cowboys would have at least one Ring by now. That team had the players and CONTINUALLY was one-and-out. If Jackson was a Niner, they’d have won the big one last year. Best of luck to him, glad he’s out of my Division.

  10. web619 says: May 20, 2012 5:48 PM

    Naw he’s gonna teach all the youngsters how to get pulled over before a playoff game and the fine art of kicking a red flag during a playoff game.

  11. sportsmeccabi says: May 20, 2012 5:51 PM

    Haha, you know your lazy when VJax is the guy being the motivator. Can’t wait for week 1 when Cam steps on their throats again and makes them quit on their coach just like last year.

  12. jimthebuilder27 says: May 20, 2012 5:57 PM

    Amazing how much happier he is now tht he’s not playing for the “Lord of No Rings.”

  13. xstaticonradio says: May 20, 2012 6:12 PM

    I wonder how long till the other Bucs receivers start complaining about their contracts then

  14. legacybroken says: May 20, 2012 6:18 PM

    The Carolina Panties fan who joked about the Bucs quitting on their coach should be worried about a motivated Bucs team who are properly coached. If Schiano is everything he is supposed to be the Bucs will steamroll the Panties and the Black Tebow.

  15. vtdcfan says: May 20, 2012 6:24 PM

    I must admit as a skins fan I hoped we wouldn’t sign vjax. that being said, if this is true… good for him. now that being said, I hope they still suck this year. I do believe the coaching staff will help fix the problems of last year and the offseason seemed to go well for them, but as a fan of an opposing nfc team. I would like to see them fall short.

  16. ericn42000 says: May 20, 2012 6:27 PM

    Lets go V Jaxx ready for a BIG season

  17. pb420 says: May 20, 2012 6:43 PM

    sportsmeccabi says:
    May 20, 2012 5:51 PM
    Haha, you know your lazy when VJax is the guy being the motivator. Can’t wait for week 1 when Cam steps on their throats again and makes them quit on their coach just like last year.
    ————————————————————
    Yeah, and you know you’re a delusional panthers fan when you think lightning will strike twice. Cant’ wait to see the look on your smug faces after NFC south defenses get a full offseason to prepare for a novelty cam newton offense. Btw, how many rings do the panthers have?

  18. pb420 says: May 20, 2012 6:48 PM

    vtdcfan says:
    May 20, 2012 6:24 PM
    I must admit as a skins fan I hoped we wouldn’t sign vjax. that being said, if this is true… good for him. now that being said, I hope they still suck this year. I do believe the coaching staff will help fix the problems of last year and the offseason seemed to go well for them, but as a fan of an opposing nfc team. I would like to see them fall short.
    ————————————————————
    Believe the rest of the NFL fans when we say we are used to seeing the redskins fall short. It’s to be expected just like the sunrise every morning.

  19. turnmymicup says: May 20, 2012 7:04 PM

    Vincent Jackson is a huge pick up for the Bucs. Defenses have to respect his game. The other receivers will have plenty of chances to shine. Just what Josh Freeman needed.

  20. humb0lt says: May 20, 2012 7:05 PM

    VJax will provide veteran leadership on how to be all about the money.

  21. mianfr says: May 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    Good to know he’s not just getting fat and lazy after getting paid. It seemed like a legitimate concern with him. And that’s a team that really needs leaders on offense.

  22. raiderapologist says: May 20, 2012 7:55 PM

    Getting out of San Diego apparently does wonders for a bad attitude.

  23. chilomane says: May 20, 2012 8:08 PM

    A Vet of the DUI game.

  24. bayoubauer says: May 20, 2012 8:18 PM

    Easy to be a “leader” in May, let’s see how great an influence he is when they’re headed for another top 10 pick.

  25. johnmaddenslovechild says: May 20, 2012 8:48 PM

    Man.. If you read all the way down, there is so many haters it’s barely funny anymore. And the skins and panthers fans should check themselves before talking about anyone else. Your both gonna have a blast watching your teams fall apart like they always do.

  26. pftcensorssuck says: May 20, 2012 8:49 PM

    So where was this wonderful attitude all those years he was in San Diego?

  27. daknight93 says: May 20, 2012 8:53 PM

    Bucs finally got a receiver who can stretch the field, but he’s an older receiver with maybe 3 to 4 yrs left in the tank and that’s stretching it..not sure if he’s a good role model for younger receivers..we shall see Vjax

  28. botchedextrapoint says: May 20, 2012 9:27 PM

    San Diego seems like a team that should do well, good QB, great weather. Yet players can’t wait to get away from it. Love to know what goes on behind the scenes there. Seems to be a lot of disgruntled players.

  29. scalfor3 says: May 20, 2012 10:36 PM

    if this is legit good for him, but im skeptical. it shouldn’t take much to be a leader in that locker room, especially after last years embarrassment of a season.

  30. dougydougdoug says: May 20, 2012 10:39 PM

    Too bad he went to one of the worst teams in the league, with nobody to throw him the ball. But, he got paid, so I can’t fault him for that.

  31. footballfan292 says: May 21, 2012 12:50 AM

    Amazing what a change of scenery can do.

  32. sdb0ltz says: May 21, 2012 2:06 AM

    As a Charger fan… a fanitic… a homer even… VJ is a bad@$$ WR. His off the field crap, even damaging to his image… never affected him on Sunday. I’m pis$ed he’s gone… I wish him luck, and hope be blows it up in Tampa… oh he will.

    We have to make due with what we have in replacement (Eddie Royal/Robert Meachem) and I feel ok saying we both made out ok on this deal.

    I’ll miss the guy greatly, but Rivers will make the best out of the two new guys in town.

    Go Chargers! Git Sum.

  33. snarkoraptor says: May 21, 2012 2:20 AM

    Too bad for Jackson, he’ll have Freeman throwing to him instead of Rivers.

    Kinda reminds me of when John Jefferson left SD for the big money in Green Bay. How did that one work out?

  34. jcdurden88 says: May 21, 2012 2:23 AM

    que se vaya a la verga este puto! hahaha

  35. kenny328usa says: May 21, 2012 6:23 AM

    The greatest part of all of this is that the bucs are still gonna suck

  36. 1brocktacular says: May 21, 2012 6:26 AM

    theBucs may have sucked last season, but there is a new sherrif in town… AND HE DON’T TAKE NO CRAP!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  37. tpa43 says: May 21, 2012 8:47 AM

    Haynesworth was a leader in Tampa.

  38. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 21, 2012 9:37 AM

    has any team in the nfl had a better off-season than the bucs? they’ve made scary progress. they’re gonna be pretty goood. and i’m not one of the delusional panther fans who think carolina is going to easily dominate the nfc south. but it’s childish to act like cam is a fluke.

  39. slapyourselfstupid says: May 21, 2012 10:08 AM

    jimthebuilder27 says:
    May 20, 2012 5:57 PM
    Amazing how much happier he is now tht he’s not playing for the “Lord of No Rings.”

    ————————————————-

    Actually, there are about 13 other NFL teams that have “no rings” as well. To quote that played out cliche that has no weight demonstrates that you need to build up your i.q. by about 27 points, “jim”.

  40. bucwild05 says: May 21, 2012 11:08 AM

    I am amazed that people are such haters… such comments as:
    “The Bucs are still gonna suck”
    “One of the worst teams in the league”
    “The greatest part of all of this is that the bucs are still gonna suck”
    “Too bad he went to one of the worst teams in the league, with nobody to throw him the ball. But, he got paid”
    _____________________________

    Does anyone of these people actually watch the Bucs play?
    I’ve been a Bucs fan for years, since I was old enough to watch football… With that being said, this is what I’ve witnessed:
    The Buccaneers had one of the absolute worst coaches I’ve ever seen, especially the OC… They signed a new coach. Freeman did excellent in his rookie year with Numbers mirroring Dan Marino… (YES, HE DID) Last year, he had absolutely no line because of injuries. They started off good, but, with the injuries on the line, and poor coaching, they lost their last 10 games. It’s hard to throw the ball when you only have 3 seconds to find a reciever, and every single one of your receivers had 0-2 years of NFL Experience.
    With the signings they’ve had in this off-season, one of the best Offensive Lineman in the league, him alone will make a difference.
    V-Jax will open up Mike Williams who is a freak of nature, both will have stallar seasons this year, and Mark My Words, Freeman will be in the Pro Bowl this year (if there is one).
    If the Defensive line shows up, the Bucs will be deep in the playoffs. The Buccaneers will win their division this year.

  41. boltdaddy says: May 21, 2012 3:03 PM

    I wisht the Bucs well to a point. VJ has been all show and no go the past couple of years due to injury. The fact is he hasn’t been a gamechanger for two seasons.

  42. ripseau says: May 22, 2012 11:55 AM

    Hell have 3 monster games a year, be pretty good in 8 games, and hell dissapear in 5.

    His problems have and will always be off the field. One more dui and hes suspended for a year. How much of a leader will he b then?

  43. NationalFanatic says: May 22, 2012 3:08 PM

    Vincent Jackson is a talented 65 catch per year receiver. He’s fairly soft spoken, and hasn’t been in trouble for a few years (which is good). But one thing for sure, he is NOT a leader.

    He’s a big “guy” that wants to get paid, but doesn’t want to be “the man” and he has terrible agents.
    I’m sorry to say but you Buc’s fan will be let down as he’s not a #1 WR.
    ALSO: he’s not a YAC guy either (only a jump ball and route running specialist). He can be tackled by any little guy…

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