Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Philadelphia Must Contain Vincent Jackson

By Ryan Wenzell
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ secondary is in for a challenge Sunday. They go up against a pair of king sized wide receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams in what will be a tough test for the Eagles’ secondary.

The Eagles match up in terms of size and stature with these receivers pretty well. Both Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams go at 6-foot or 6-foot-1 and run pretty well. Jackson has feasted on corners of all shapes and sizes during his career. Limiting the damage that he does especially down the football field will be key for the Eagles defense to be successful on Sunday.

The Eagles defense takes on a rookie quarterback in Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Mike Glennon this week. What would really make the quarterback uncomfortable would be taking away his primary target in Jackson and forcing him to go elsewhere. It will be either Williams’ or Fletcher’s responsibility to do just that, and safety help over the top will be needed for a talent such as Jackson.

Surprisingly, the Bucs’ run game has also struggled to get going. Doug Martin is a Pro Bowl talent, but he has averaged about three yards per carry this season. If the Eagles can have this trend continue and force the Bucs’ rookie quarterback to beat them through the air, it could be a long day for them. No doubt defensive coordinator Billy Davis will draw up some exotic play designs that will have the rookie signal caller scratching his head.

First order of business is shutting down Glennon’s security blanket Jackson. If the Eagles do that it will be a long afternoon for Glennon and company.

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