As if things could not get worse for the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team had a scare sunday in their embarrassing 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Their Pro Bowl wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, exited the game in the third quarter with a rib injury and did not return.
Thankfully, according to Adam Schefter, Jackson’s injury is not seen to be too serious. His status for next week’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals is still up in the air, though, according to head coach Greg Schiano.
Speaking of Schiano, the Bucs appear to have a problem between their coach and quarterback, Josh Freeman. There have been rumors of Schiano and Freeman not seeing eye to eye and even whispers of Schiano eventually replacing him with rookie Mike Glennon.
Because of Freeman’s off-balanced play so far this year, Jackson’s numbers have already steadily declined. Granted, he did not play a quarter and a half against the Patriots. However, in three games his yardage has decreased and he still has yet to find the end zone.
Freeman has been just plain bad thus far. Due to that inconsistency, owners may want to consider throwing Jackson on the trade block early on and see if they can get any nibbles for him. Jackson does have 265 yards on the season, but again, 154 of those came in week one.
Be careful with Jackson this week in terms of his status. I would keep him on the bench until you see an official “in” or “out” from the team at some point this week. That likely won’t come, though, until Saturday or even Sunday morning as he could be a game-time call.