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Signing Vincent Jackson Showed Dividends For Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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After going 4-12 in 2011 including losing their last 10 games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew they needed more offense for the 2012 National Football League season. Tampa Bay signed wide receiver Vincent Jackson and while the team improved just three games to finish 7-9, Jackson led the team in receptions and receiving yards, and with the potential that the team may need to throw even more in 2013, Jackson will need an even bigger season next year for the Buccaneers to finally get back to the playoffs.

Jackson finished with a career-high 72 receptions for a career-high 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns. Jackson appeared to fit into his new home very nicely after playing his first seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers. There was a chemistry that Jackson formed with quarterback Josh Freeman throughout the season as Freeman tried to hit Jackson 147 times. Jackson was tenth in the NFL in targets this past season and I think that Jackson is going to see that number rise even higher for the 2013 season.

I really believe that Doug Martin will have a bit of a sophomore slump in Tampa Bay and that will force the team to throw the ball more to win in 2013. That can only help Jackson out with more chances at catches, yards and touchdowns. The Buccaneers are definitely an improved team over that bad 2011 squad and that would be in large part to Jackson. The fans in Tampa will be hoping that Jackson can top his career-highs yet again in 2013 for a playoff team.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.