Former Bucs receiver Keyshawn Johnson was in Tampa Saturday to film a segment for ESPN on new Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis, and stopped by the media center to briefly chat with the writers. During the course of the conversation, Johnson shared some candid thoughts on wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Hang out in the media center at One Buccaneer Place long enough and you never know who will walk through the door to chat with the local writers and newscasters.
Just this year Warren Sapp and Ronde Barber have both had impromptu sit down sessions with the media, talking candidly and freely about the state of the Bucs and other subjects.
On Saturday it was former Bucs wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson’s turn to share a few minutes of his thoughts.
Johnson has never been one to hold an opinion in – just ask Jon Gruden – and on Saturday, No. 19 was his usual brash and unfiltered self.
Johnson, who was in town to film a segment for ESPN on new Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis, immediately raised eyebrows with his comments about wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
"As a player, I think he’s okay, I think he’s done a good job (and) I think he’s gotten the most out of his talent,” Johnson said as reported by Jenna Laine on sportstalkflorida.com. “I know he puts up good numbers and he’s averaging 19 yards a catch, but with a minute and thirty seconds to go, down by five (points), ‘I want you to take that shot, I need you to take that shot.’ If he can do that, then to me, (then) that’s when you become ‘that guy.’
“I don’t give a (expletive) about how many catches you’ve got, how many yards you’ve got. But when we’re down by five, I need to feed you. I need you to deliver. That’s what you need to be able to do. I need you to be that Andre Johnson when you cross into the end zone, there’s five seconds left on the clock.”
“It’s like when I played,” Johnson continued. “You know I was getting the ball, but when the (expletive) hit the fan, you knew I was getting it and you still couldn’t [stop it]. I think he has the size, (and) he has the ability. He’s not a guy who talks – that’s not his style – and if he could just take that shot, then it pushes him to that next phase of the game.”
Johnson was asked about Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman and if the franchise record-setter was the answer in Tampa Bay.
“He has to be,” Johnson said. “Who else are you going to get? Is he better than Teddy Bridgewater, right now? Is he better than Aaron Murray? So when you start to look at that, is he better than the guy they drafted from NC State [Mike Glennon]? Probably so.”
Johnson also offered some advice to Freeman.
“He needs to put the screws to the Bucs, which means, ‘I’m going to throw for 5,000 yards, I’m going to get us to the playoffs, and now I’m going do what I need to do,” Johnson said. “It’s a good problem to have.
“You have no worries. Don’t panic; don’t think about injury. Just go out there, sprinkle a little bit out there, now put the screws to them. You see what I’m saying? Back them up into the corner, because he has the ability.”
Finally Johnson shared his thoughts on the reason he was in Tampa to begin with – Darrelle Revis.
“The secondary will probably be top three secondary in the whole league,” Johnson said. “If Darrelle (Revis) is on the field and he’s healthy. It’s a huge change from last year. They can probably play a little more man-to-man and feel good about it.”
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