SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.

FAB 1. WITH A NEED FOR SPEED, BUCS SHOULD PURSUE JACKSON
In a previous edition of SR’s Fab 5, I questioned whether or not this year’s crop of wide receivers in free agency would be of benefit to the Buccaneers. At the time I questioned whether it would because this year’s group of pass-catchers lacks star power outside of Washington’s DeSean Jackson, and the big question mark with him is his age as he’ll turn 31 this year. At some point he’s going to lose his blazing speed, and when he does, he doesn’t offer much else at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.

But after seeing how Atlanta signed veteran Mohamed Sanu in free agency and claimed Taylor Gabriel off waivers from Cleveland, and how both receivers helped the Falcons make it to Super Bowl LI, I’m no longer convinced that just having one veteran receiver – albeit a Pro Bowler in Mike Evans – is enough in Tampa Bay for the upcoming season.

Atlanta’s Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones had his best statistical season in 2015 before Sanu and Taylor arrived with 136 catches for 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns, but the Falcons finished with an 8-8 record. When Jones was complemented with more capable receivers like Sanu and Gabriel this past season, Jones’ numbers dipped significantly to 83 catches for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns, but the Falcons won the NFC South with an 11-5 record and made it to the Super Bowl. Atlanta’s offense scored the most points in the league because it had more weapons – not just one big gun in Jones.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu – Photo by: Getty Images

Sanu contributed a career-high 59 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with the Falcons, while Gabriel posted 35 receptions for 579 yards and a career-high six scores. Gabriel also added 51 yards and another touchdown on four carries. Both gave Matt Ryan more options to throw to, made the Falcons offense more dynamic and tougher to defend, and helped the Pro Bowl quarterback win the league MVP award as Atlanta scored the most points in the NFL this past season.

The Bucs simply can’t rely on a rookie receiver (or two) to develop alongside Adam Humphries and possibly Russell Shepard (if he’s re-signed) in case Evans suffers an injury that sidelines him for most or all of the upcoming season. The Bucs need a proven, veteran replacement for Vincent Jackson, but that player doesn’t necessarily have to be a 6-foot-5 target, although that’s what Dirk Koetter would prefer.

“I, by nature, prefer big receivers, so that’s just my preference,” Koetter told me at the Reese’s 2017 Senior Bowl. “That’s totally a Dirk Koetter [preference] and not anybody else.”

Jackson certainly doesn’t fit that mold. I’ve stated that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could use another big target with a large catch radius to help him as he becomes a more accurate passer, but general manager Jason Licht brought up another good point in our conversation at the Senior Bowl.

“It helps to have a guy with a big catch radius, but so does a guy that can get separation with speed,” Licht said. “You can throw it a little off the mark with that guy because he’s so wide open, so you have to factor that in, too.”

There are several receivers in this year’s draft with speed to burn, including Washington’s John Ross, Western Kentucky’s Taywan Taylor and West Virginia’s Shelton Gibson. But there is also a veteran receiver that can help the Bucs take the top off a defense and make teams pay for double-teaming Evans, and that’s Jackson.

Koetter lamented over the Bucs’ decline in explosive plays last year, and the lack of speed, especially at receiver, is a culprit. Despite turning 30 last year, Jackson has maintained his 4.35 speed.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson – Photo by: Getty Images

“When I said the need for speed, I would say offensively we need to make more explosive plays,” Koetter said. “We had a sizeable drop off in that area this year and there are various reasons for it, so you’re always looking for guys that can get the ball in their hand and turn a short gain into a long gain without much help.”

Jackson is that type of player, and that should interest Tampa Bay. As Washington’s No. 2 receiver alongside Pierre Garcon, Jackson had 19 catches of 20 yards or more, including five from 40 yards or beyond. One of those catches was an 80-yard touchdown. The Bucs haven’t had a catch travel 80 yards since Tiquan Underwood’s 85-yard touchdown at Detroit during the 2013 season.

In his first season with the Redskins in 2014, Jackson had 16 catches of 20 yards or more, including a career-high 13 from 40 yards or more with an 81-yard touchdown. In his last year in Philadelphia in 2013, Jackson had an astonishing 25 catches of 20 yards or more with eight of them from 40 yards or more.

Simply put, Jackson is a big play waiting to happen, which makes him an ideal fit for a head coach that loves explosive plays and needs them in his offense.

Here’s a look at Jackson’s prolific career in which he’s caught 498 passes for 8,819 yards and 46 touchdowns with a strong and steady 17.7 yards per catch average. Jackson’s 17.9 yards per catch average in 2016 led the league.

Jackson’s Stats In Washington
2016 – 56 catches for 1,005 yards (17.9 avg.) with 4 TDs and a long of 80 yards
2015 – 30 catches for 528 yards (17.6 avg.) with 4 TDs and a long of 77 yards
2014 – 56 catches for 1,169 yards (20.9 avg.) with 6 TDs and a long of 81 yards

Jackson’s Stats In Philadelphia
2013 – 82 catches for 1,332 yards (16.2 avg.) with 9 TDs and a long of 61 yards
2012 – 45 catches for 700 yards (15.6 avg.) with 2 TDs and a long of 77 yards
2011 – 58 catches for 961 yards (16.6 avg.) with 4 TDs and a long of 62 yards
2010 – 47 catches for 1,056 yards (22.5 avg.) with 6 TDs and a long of 91 yards
2009 – 62 catches for 1,156 yards (18.6 avg.) with 9 TDs and a long of 71 yards
2008 – 62 catches for 912 yards (14.7 avg.) with 2 TDs and a long of 60 yards

To put Jackson’s big-play ability in perspective, Evans had 15 catches of 20 yards or more last year, but only one reception of 40 yards or more. In 2015, Evans had a career-high 21 catches of 20 yards or more and two receptions of 20 yards or more.

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Andy Grosh/PR

The tandem of Evans and Jackson would not only double the amount of dangerous weapons for Winston in the passing game, but it would force more teams to play Cover 2 and keep both safeties back to respect Jackson’s deep speed and Evans’ run-after-catch ability. Getting a safety out of the box would also aid Tampa Bay’s offensive line by helping the running game, and perhaps reduce opponents’ ability to blitz Winston.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the free agent receiver the Bucs pursue this offseason is Jackson. In fact, they should.

Every year since becoming Tampa Bay’s general manager, Licht, has made some big splashes in free agency. Some in 2014 were at the insistence of the man who hired him, head coach Lovie Smith, and some were of his own volition over the past two seasons.

Licht’s Major Free Agent Acquisitions
2014 – DE Michael Johnson – 5 years, $43.75 million
2014 – LT Anthony Collins – 5 years, $30 million
2014 – CB Alterraun Verner – 4 years, $25.75 million
2014 – DT Clinton McDonald – 4 years, $12 million
2014 – QB Josh McCown – 2 years, $10 million
2014 – TE Brandon Myers – 2 years, $4.25 million
2015 – LB Bruce Carter – 4 years, $17 million
2015 – DT Henry Melton – 1 year, $3.75 million
2015 – FS Chris Conte – 1 year, $1.5 million
2016 – G J.R. Sweezy – 5 years, $32.5 million
2016 – DE Robert Ayers – 3 years, $19.5 million
2016 – CB Brent Grimes – 2 years, $13.5 million
2016 – P Bryan Anger – 1 year, $1.75 million

Jackson, who has spent the last three seasons in Washington after playing for Philadelphia from 2008-13, is an unrestricted free agent that has been rumored to be heading back to the Eagles, who selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

“Next year, being a free agent, you never know what might happen in this business,” Jackson told the Washington Post. “Who knows how things might work out? Hopefully, I’ll still be in Washington. But you never know how things work out.”

Jackson left Philly following a great 2013 season after his relationship with former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly deteriorated. With Doug Pederson, who was an offensive quality control coach (2009-10) and a quarterbacks coach (2011-12) in Philadelphia, now at the helm and calling the plays for the Eagles, Jackson has some incentive to finish his NFL career where it started. Several Eagles, including defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Brandon Graham, will be putting the full-court press on Jackson to leave an NFC East rival and return to Philly in March.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson and Eagles DT Fletcher Cox – Photo by: Getty Images

“I’ve talked to him,” Graham told ESPN in December. “I talked to him when Doug (Pederson) got hired. We have fun during the season. He’s like, ‘B.G. you know I’ll be back, man.’ But now that it’s official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you’ll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean. … I’m saying official as far as the end of season, now we’re going to really see.

“It’s an exciting feeling to get an Eagle back. I’m excited because he should have never left. Everybody knows that DeSean, yes, things were happening while he was here, but he’s a good guy. I used to be with him all the time.”

Free agency can be a funny thing once options open up for players who are looking for two things – money and a place to win a championship.

Carving out room for Jackson on the Eagles’ roster may prove to be difficult given their $9,845,683 in available cap space, but Philadelphia has been rumored to have several players on the trading block and perhaps the chopping block in order to create cap room and re-make the team in Pederson’s image. Jackson would love to retire as an Eagle, but he also wants to have one big, final contract, too. It’s hard to imagine him getting market value in Philly given the Eagles’ cap constraints.

And are the Eagles with second-year quarterback Carson Wentz any closer to the Super Bowl than Washington – or Tampa Bay? No.

The Redskins are flush with $59,775,921 in cap space, but will Washington be able to re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins? And what changes will new offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh make to the ‘Skins offense since being promoted to replace Sean McVay?

Jackson recently told Larry Michael of CSN that he would like to remain in Washington.

“I want to be here,” Jackson said. “My family, my house, I have everything here. I don’t want to be in a transaction, moving.”

But with Redskins president Bruce Allen, general manager Scot McCloughan and head coach Jay Gruden on the hot seat after missing the playoffs in 2016, Jackson may want to re-think his position as there could be significant changes in Washington coming in 2018 if the ‘Skins miss the postseason for a second straight year.

Licht was with the Eagles personnel department from 2003-07, but left following the 2008 draft for a job in Arizona. Licht was part of the Eagles staff that scouted and drafted Jackson. Along with Winston – and the young quarterback’s dynamic personality – Licht may have some sway in getting Jackson interested in coming to Tampa Bay where the Bucs have $64,944,718 worth of salary cap room to use to land him.

Finishing with a 9-7 record and narrowly missing the playoffs, the Bucs will be a trendy playoff pick in 2017 – and a possible Super Bowl dark horse team. That helps Tampa Bay’s sales pitch to free agents.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson – Photo by: Getty Images

The allure of playing with Winston and alongside a Pro Bowl wide receiver that will draw double-teams and free up Jackson to see single coverage may convince him to change his mind. The opportunity to play for a charismatic, offensive-minded head coach in Dirk Koetter can’t hurt the Bucs’ chances, either.

But are the Bucs open to signing a speed merchant who will be 31 years old this year? It should be noted that former Tampa Bay receiver Joey Galloway was 33 years old when he landed with the Bucs via trade and went on to have three straight 1,000-yard seasons, averaging 16 yards per catch and scoring 28 touchdowns in red and pewter from age 34-36.

When it comes to upgrading the talent at Tampa Bay’s wide receiver position, Licht told me all the cards are on the table without mentioning any names.

“I’ll just say that there’s going to be options in both free agency and the draft,” Licht said. “We’re looking at all the options and I would say that I am happy with the options that are going to be there. We have a chance to upgrade that position and that is one position that Dirk has said we need to find some playmakers at. Playmakers come in all different sizes and shapes and ages so we’ll be exploring all options.”

One of those options is Jackson. We’ll see if the Bucs make a play for a guy that is a proven big-time playmaker.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Bucs Capacitor
4 years ago

Dang, Scott…I didn’t think you’d be able to convince me about Desean Jackson…but here we are. Well thought out and well place argument. The thing that put the icing on the cake was bringing up the fact that Galloway was 33 when he signed here. I completely forgot about that.

MWD
MWD
Reply to  Bucs Capacitor
4 years ago

And Galloway was a flat out “burner”, I remember John Gruden in some audio clips actually telling Joey to run faster because Joey could always turn it up a notch in one stride, he was just a speed demon.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Michael WestDominguez
4 years ago

BUcs also had a lot of weapons around Galloway like Mccardell, Johnson, Dilger, Alstott, and Pittman. Plus the defense was amazing. Pass on Jackson.

wnb0395
Reply to  BucWild02
4 years ago

FYI, the Bucs never had WRs Johnson or McCardell when they had Galloway. The best WR they had was Clayton during the Galloway era. Alstott was at the end of his career and on the decline. I never really considered Pitman or Dilger to be weapons. They were average at best.

MudManVA
4 years ago

Love me some Fab 5! Thanks Scott. #1 Oh boy, I have been crying into the wind on PR about bringing in a FA WR for a long time, and Scott you have been the bah humbug on the topic. Wow, I do have the force in me since my jedi mind trick worked! lol You hit my WR talking points nail on the head. No rookie is going to be ready to be a solid #2 WR fresh out of the draft, and we need weapons to take the pressure off of Evans & Winston. If Evan is out… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  MudManVA
4 years ago

Mudman – you and I are on the same page on item no. 2 … the two players are just different kinds of players. But at the same time, maybe a better model for Jameis, if there is to be just one, might be Aaron Rodgers, who can gunsling it with anybody when it suits him, and like Jameis also hates to give up on any play, yet his propensity to toss picks that make you go, “why the hell did he throw THAT ball?” is nothing like Favre. In the 2016 season, Rodgers threw 40 TDs against only 7… Read more »

Naplesfan
4 years ago

– I think we will pick up a free agent no. 2 WR, and Jackson is a good candidate with his speed that’s been missing forever on the Bucs – It’s rather unfair to expect Jameis Winston to try to model himself after Tom Brady in order to be successful and help us win a SB, for a variety of reasons … such as, (1) Winston and Brady have very dissimilar play styles … (2) hey, GOAT is a nice standard to aspire to for any player, but that’s not the standard for all successful QBs, given the many dozens… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

typo in last para item no. (2) … “restraining” rather than “estraining”

MWD
MWD
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

Naples, hope you are well brother…..could not agree with you anymore regarding expectations with Winston in comparison to Brady, I said this on another tread but what were everyone’s expectations this past year? 6/7 maybe 8 wins? Then we won 9 and a lot of fans, including myself though, Damn! we could have won 11 (Rams, Raiders, hell even one more bang play at Dallas), not to mention the loss at Arizona earlier in the year. We need to fill our holes with playmakers and draft best available based on our need, I like Mike Williams out of Clemson but… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Michael WestDominguez
4 years ago

Thanks, Michael … frankly, it’s always tough to make it to the playoffs in this league of parity in which most of the teams do a lot of churning and up and down from year to year. As much as we all want and will certainly expect to get better in 2017, it’s by no means a high probability outcome, between injuries and roster changes. Even if Jameis manages to fix his two principal flaws as a player as described above, and even if we have a great off-season in both FA and the draft, nothing guarantees that we won’t… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

You pretty much Nailed it on that one Naples. I also look at the offenses, as New England runs a ton of slants and zone beaters. That’s not really a Bucs offense, and Jameis is pushing seem routes and outs a lot. Great points and if he works on those things , with some added talent, he will be everything we need. Will he ever throw single digit interceptions in a season? probably not.

stlbucsfan
4 years ago

PR decided to look into my Joey Galloway/Desean Jackson comparisons earlier this offseason and see the validity. The Bucs should cut Doug and Verner taking our cap space closer to 75M. Sign Desean Jackson for about 9M, I’d look into Zeitler the guard from Cincinnati who is not expected to be resigned and has graded out as a top 10 G every year he’s been in the league. Earlier this offseason I was in on Ron Leary and I still am but I think they will command similar dollars and Zietler is the more complete player and doesn’t come with… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  stlbucsfan
4 years ago

‘Aint going to lie STL, I’m a big fan of your plan here. Although I wouldn’t bring Conte back at all and draft a safety in rounds 3 or 4, it’s a deep position. I would definitely cut Doug and Verner, but also Daryl smith as well.

stlbucsfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Yea the Conte situation depends on how much money it costs. I see Licht saying a player like Hawley is on the offseason to do list but the team would benefit more having 3 safeties capable of starting over a C who is more bark than production. Not against taking a safety late though and only re-signing Conte to a 1 year deal. I dont think anybody is going to break the bank for him or guarantee him a starting job, so returning could be cost effective and beneficial for both parties.

Matthew
4 years ago

I am not a fan of Desean Jackson and feel like there a better options to add speed to the Bucs, here is my 7 round mock draft for the Bucs. Round 1: John Ross, WR Washington I think John Ross would be a great add to the Bucs offense and would give us the much needed speed we are all craving for. John Ross is 22 while Jackson is 30 and is most likely slowing down. John Ross can take the top off the defense and would surely free up Mike Evans from constant double teams. Round 2: Tre’Davious… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Matthew
4 years ago

Matthew – I too like John Ross as a burner in the draft, and it’s kind of a tossup in my mind between Ross and Howard at TE. Yet, that doesn’t mean that picking up Jackson as a free agent wouldn’t have value, even with Ross taken in the draft. Ross’s speed is offset somewhat with his route-running which is not superior. Having a gray-hair like Jackson in the receiver room finishing out his career with the Bucs could help groom Ross to more quickly develop his route-running skills.

jshumaker
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

If Howard is available or even close enough for the Bucs to trade up and get him, I think that should be their first choice. The only reason I say that is because Jameis likes to throw to his TE’s. If Howard is not available then get the best available WR (probably Ross) and then get a TE at a later pick. But get him a good TE because that is who he likes to throw to.

Matthew
Reply to  jshumaker
4 years ago

I would love Howard but I just think he will be too out of reach for the Bucs to get him

Matthew
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

That is a valid point we do have plenty of cap to work with I just hope if we do sign Jackson it is a short term deal

Naplesfan
Reply to  Matthew
4 years ago

Yep, Matthew … with Jackson at 31 and on his third contract, I would expect Jason Licht to offer a contract with only the first two seasons guaranteed … and then see how he holds up as he hits his mid-30s.

wnb0395
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

I like Ross also but think we could get similar talent in 3rd round with Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma. This kid is a burner also. This season he had 80 catches for 1524 Yds,17 TDs, and avg 19.1 ypc. Most Mock drafts have falling to us in the 3rd round.

Matthew
Reply to  wnb0395
4 years ago

That is an option too but Ross is the better player and Dede has some off the field stuff and I wouldn’t want to draft Dede and Mixon, plus I really like Pocic we need a long term option at C to pair with Jameis.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Matthew
4 years ago

Just saw that Ross is having shoulder surgery and might not be at the combine. That would be two knee surgeries and a shoulder surgery. I was never big on Ross after the Alabama game, but know we can add multiple surgeries to it.

BigSombrero
4 years ago

Bucs need to just pass on Desean Jackson. He’s a health risk every year. And when he is hurt, teams won’t be forced to play cover 2 vs the offense. Crowder was a much more difficult matchup for teams vs Washington last year. Jackson is on the decline in a big way.

jshumaker
4 years ago

Of course we want to see Jameis model his game after Brady. What team doesn’t? Although of all the young QBs in this league I think Jameis has the best chance of being the next Brady. In regards to DeSean, I want to see Licht follow the other model of the Patriots. Which is to target quality players that have a couple years left in their career that desperately want to win a Super Bowl. Then offer them a bit below market value. One of the reasons that the Patriots are able to do that because so many people believe… Read more »

e
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4 years ago

I’m wondering if DeSean’s locker room presence would be a distraction? I don’t think that would be a good move. Jameis will continue to work and will become a top 5 QB in due time. I would think that the Falcons would have a Super Bowl hangover, but I also expect Carolina to get back up into the mix. This is the NFC South, not the AFC Least, where Brady has had the amazing luck of competing against zero franchise QBs in his division for whole career. Yes, he’s very good, but the old * will be stuck to his… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Scott Reynolds
4 years ago

Scott – Jackson’s attitude is something to examine by Jason if we get a chance to interview him and have him meet up with Jameis and Mike and the other players. Jackson did report in for the voluntary workouts last season, despite his having a baby son on the opposite coast. His rocky team relationship was with the Eagles, which has been a pretty unstable environment for years now, but he seems to have fit in well with the Redskins. He’s matured, as most players do. And the chance to work with Jameis, Mike, and Coach Koetter could be pretty… Read more »

cgmaster27
4 years ago

Desaun Jackson is in intriguing signing for the Bucs , should they choose o go after him. He does have the speed and the big play ability we lack. I am not sure what kind of locker room presence he would bring and our team, chemistry is really good right now and we need to continue to nurture that as well. I think he’d be a great compliment to Mike on the other side, but again , with everything else, what’s the contract? Maybe a 4 year deal ? It’s crazy, I never realized how old Joey was when we… Read more »

drdneast
4 years ago

Excellent article. As for DJ, would love to see the Bucs sign him. Guarantee his contract for 2 years like was done with Ayres and Grimes which gives you two years to groom his replacement. Love what you wrote about Winston copyjing Brady’s killer style, especially since I wrote the same thing in one of the comment sections on Monday. In additiin I would like too see Winston check diown to his RB’s as often as Brady does. NFL network showed a great cliip of how their RB found huge open zones in the Falcons defense underneath the LB’s as… Read more »

macabee
4 years ago

This is the year when Jameis Winston should make pronounced strides in his game. As the game announcers say “the game has slowed down for him”. He has all the skills to be great. Hopefully this year he calms down and relaxes into his role as franchise QB – on the road to becoming Brady-like. If you want to be like the greats, then maybe you should do what the greats do. An ancient proverb says “he who takes himself as counsel, is a fool”. At some point in his development, I wish Winston would seek the counsel and admonition… Read more »

David DeLeon
4 years ago

I think we would have been pretty good if our Jackson wouldn’t have gotten hurt, don’t see why he has to go. Pick up Desaun in FA then get OJ in the first. We would look really good, I think

seat26
4 years ago

Jackson would be a good pick up. Maybe a three year contract. That would allow us to wait until 2nd or 3rd round or later to pick up a receiver. We have so many needs and there simply is not enough rounds to address all of the needs. Taking a TE first would make sense if we get Jackson. We could even go for a running back early in that scenario. It would change the board for Bucs. Safety or Corner might be an option early also.

thewbacca
4 years ago

Love the Fab 5 Scott, been reading it for a few years. Great site and thank you for getting me through another work day. I am sure you were being a little cheeky when you suggested Winston learn from Brady. It would be nice if Winston and Brady could sit down over a nice coconut-oil popcorn with Himalayan pink salt but Brady will not even consider that. Why would he try to help out a QB outside of the Patriots organization? Just because he is old in football terms does not make him any type of elder statesman of the… Read more »

Bucnut2
4 years ago

SR- GREAT Fab-5. I love the idea of signing Jackson. I would sign him and draft two WR’s. Your comments on Winston are, IMO, spot on. He has a TON of potential, but is not there yet. I TOTALLY agree on Falcons. They will struggle next year. I have never been a big Ryan fan. Well done Scott. Thank you.

scubog
4 years ago

I’ve never been a big fan of seeking semi-elite players like WR DeSean Jackson, who are on the downside of their careers, in hopes of squeezing a little bit more out of them. I just need to determine if a player like him is more motivated by getting one last bank deposit or still willing to dedicate himself to help his new team win a championship when in the past he has refrained from making off-season sacrifices. Of course a player like Jackson would be a major upgrade opposite ME13 over the likes of Russell Shepard, Cecil Shorts and the… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Scubog, you wrote: “I’ve never been a big fan of seeking semi-elite players like WR DeSean Jackson, who are on the downside of their careers, in hopes of squeezing a little bit more out of them.” It’s true that sometimes it doesn’t work out … but on the Bucs we’ve had some success that way. Keyshawn Johnson was the same age (30) as Jackson when he was our leading receiver on our 2002-2003 Super Bowl team. Our leading rusher that season was also a FA signing, Michael Pittman, at 29 (very old for a running back). Then we went a… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

At my age I’m all for old guys making money and, like you, I’m all for anyone who can help our team win. I’d just prefer to focus on developing our own and not be that team failing to draft well and using hired mercenaries every off-season, get a big headline and do little because they more often fail to live up to expectations. No doubt our Superbowl team had a lot of short-term contributors that were brought in by Jon Gruden to supplement what some believe was”Dungy’s ” team ( I say it was Sam Wyche’s) You can cherry… Read more »

martinii
4 years ago

Enjoyed SR5 Scott and several comments above. This is the time in the offseason when everything (to quote an old adage) is “Clear as mud.” DJax is a very talented player who says he wants to stay in Washington. He has the speed but would he be a good fit in our locker room. John Ross has good speed and wasn’t Derel Walker the top WR in the CFL. So much to digest, if only we could see a year into the future. As far as counseling Jameis he seems to be self-correcting with experience but if there is a… Read more »

drdneast
4 years ago

Macbee, great points in regard to Winston seeking counsel with the greats.
As I am sure you know, Winston did just that last year when he talked to Russell Wiilson who I personally fell is a Top 10 QB.
For him to look to Brady And Brees for further guidance would be outstanding.
Saw a great clip of Brees once doing a drill to help improve his base while moving through his progressions and it was a great thing to watch.

CDNBUCSFAN
4 years ago

Scott, great Fab 5. I would like to see Jackson sign and be that deep threat we need, as long as we draft well around that. Plus, since my buddy is a Skins fan, that would be a great coup as well. I think that Winston should drink in as much knowledge as possible and learn from the greats. He has the right attitude and the leadership skills so he will likely do that. The Falcons will take a step back this year and I’m not so sure that Cam learned to be humble enough last year to bounce the… Read more »

fredster
4 years ago

When a player says he “wants to stay in Washington” I’d pass. Not great character guy either. I suppose if short term deal can be worked out he would fill a need until a permanent draft solution is made.

Dude
4 years ago

I would stay away from DeSean Jackson, he gets injured too much and doesn’t always show up in games. Then I would question his lockeroom etiquette. I think getting him would be a move of desperation. Ted Ginn Jr. is a better comparison to Joey Galloway speed wise, but Ted doesn’t have the best hands. Again, he is another player who doesn’t always show up in games. I think we are much better off finding our speedy WR2 in the draft, and get someone who will mature with our QB and WR1. For those who don’t think a freshly drafted… Read more »

BUCCAUSE
Reply to  Dude
4 years ago

Ted Ginn?, can’t catch a cold, huge choker when it counts, good 4 0r 5 receiver and decent returner,but never a 2, Corey Davis or bust.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
4 years ago

Frankly I do not agree about any player emulating another at this stage. Winston needs to refine his style, not change it. As far as slow starts go that can be corrected with proper play calling. Script some early “get loose” timing short passes.

plopes808
4 years ago

Once again, I agree with everything written here. Jackson would be an excellent pickup and provide us some speed for Jameis to target. Big Mike was the number 1 most targeted receiver last year because we didn’t have much else. Brate provided the most threat but putting a burner on the field will really open things up for us. I believe that was our intent when we signed Huff, but unfortunately he didn’t pan out very well. The only thing I can see keeping us from signing Jackson would be his cap hit, but with VJax most likely off the… Read more »

BUCCAUSE
4 years ago

been season ticket holder since 97′ never missed a game for 10 years live in new york now, I’ve seen jaquez Queen, sheidel anthony, Hurt emanuel, michael clayton, keenen McCardel,joey galloway, joe jerivicious, but hands down ,before Mike Evans got here Vincent Jackson was best receiver I’ve ever seen in a Bucs uniform, not even close, atlanta was laughed at when they traded up for julio jones, Corey Davis is a jackson clone, but faster, Koetter’s offense will always be about the pass, always was, you pair Corey Davis with Evans, we are unstoppable for 10 years, bring martin back… Read more »

BUCCAUSE
4 years ago

Use free agency to boost D, I question Deshauns heart, plus he was an eagle. lol. Dontae poe,D line complete. draft speed, i know coreys not a super burner, but he’s a BEAST, just like evans, I’ve seen us with smaller receivers for 20 plus years, I wanna see the big boys,Evans is insane, vincent jackson was insane, even jenkins if he had any heart ,was insane, add Davis I don’t see how we can be stopped scott. P.S. use to be old paper pewter report subscriber for years, thanks.