Buccaneers’ DeSean Jackson still speedy after all these years – NFC South – Tampa Bay Buccaneers News

Buccaneers’ DeSean Jackson still speedy after all these years – NFC South – Tampa Bay Buccaneers News

TAMPA, Fla. — Thirty years old and heading into his 10th NFL season, DeSean Jackson is still so fast that no one at Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp is interested in challenging him to a race.

“Not yet, no one’s asked yet,” the first-year Buc said after practice Sunday. “I like my odds, though. I still feel like I’d take me over anybody.”

The Buccaneers feel that way, too, which is why they went after Jackson in free agency and signed him to a three-year, $33.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. Quarterback Jameis Winston was taking too many hits, and part of the reason was the team’s lack of speed and explosiveness on offense. Their top receivers last season were Mike Evans and tight end Cameron Brate, both very good players but not top-end speed guys. On plays when Evans was double-covered and Brate wasn’t open, Winston had to hang in the pocket too long.

“We lost Vincent Jackson both of the last two years, and Mike got doubled a lot,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “We saw a lot of coverage roll toward Mike, and that’s a little tougher to do with DeSean out there. We saw a couple of examples out there in practice [Saturday]. DeSean got one-on-one coverage without safety help, and DeSean is off-the-charts fast. He went by [cornerback] Vernon Hargreaves one time like he was standing still, and Vernon Hargreaves is fast. DeSean is really fast.”

Jackson’s speed has remained his strength since the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the second round in 2008. It followed him to Washington after the Eagles released him in 2014, and…

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