Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers Reunion This Sunday

By Anthony Blake
Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When the San Diego Chargers meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday there will be a familiar face on the other side of the field. This offseason, former Bolts’ wide receiver Vincent Jackson signed a monster deal with the Bucs and has taken his field-stretching talents to Tampa. There’s no doubt that the Chargers will have to guard him closely as they know just what he is capable of when he gets his hands on the football.

Cornerback Quentin Jammer was with Jackson for all seven of his seasons spent in San Diego and he will be faced with the task of covering him on Sunday. Of that proposition, Jammer said: “He’s one of the top five wide receivers in this game. It’s going to be a challenge, but at the same time, it’s always a challenge you look forward to because of his ability to make plays. Like I said, I’d rank him right there in the top five receivers of this game. It’s going to be match-up that I’m sure he’s looking forward to.”

While Jackson commands the respect of the Bolts on the field, perhaps what is most remembered from his time with the team are his experiences off of it. There were two DUI arrests that really diminished his chances of getting a long-term deal in San Diego, one charge of driving with a suspended license, and one lengthy contract holdout that saw him sit out more than half of a season.

This season has seen some of Jackson’s most impressive numbers of his career at 29 years of age and the top target in the Tampa offense, he has hooked up with quarterback Josh Freeman and been a force to be reckoned with. His 31 catches for 710 receiving yards and six touchdowns to this point are on pace for the highest totals of his career. The Chargers will have to prevent Jackson from taking over the game and with Tampa’s diverse offensive attack, that could be a tall task for sure.

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