Jackson has special performance vs. Jets
by Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune
Vincent Jackson, who led the NFL last year by averaging 19.2 yards per reception, would have been the star of Sunday's game if Tampa Bay had held on. Targeted 13 times by quarterback Josh Freeman, Jackson hauled in seven passes for 154 yards, including a 37-yard catch that set up Rian Lindell's go-ahead 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds left.
“That's the type of guy he is,'' Freeman said. “I get the ball in his hands and the guy does something special.''
Jackson also caught a 39-yard pass in the second quarter and posted two other receptions of at least 20 yards, consistently beating the Jets secondary on slants. “Like I said, he's the best receiver in the league,'' said receiver Mike Williams, who opened Tampa Bay's scoring with a 17-yard touchdown catch late in the opening quarter. “If you don't believe me, keep on watching.''
Jackson, named one of Tampa Bay's two offensive team captains, declined comment after the game.