Three weeks ago, Mike Glennon took the starting job from Josh Freeman as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Through that time receiver Vincent Jackson has seemed to be playing better than ever. During Glennon’s first start against the Arizona Cardinals, Jackson only had two receptions, but the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson had one of his best games as a Buccaneer with nine receptions and two touchdowns.
The Eagles’ pass defense was certainly subpar compared to the rest of the league, but Jackson’s performance was still impressive to say the least since Freeman could never get Jackson to nine receptions and only threw two touchdowns to him once. If Jackson and Glennon continue to make connections like they did last week, Jackson may make a return to the Pro Bowl and show that he is still one of the top receivers in the NFL.
This week, the Buccaneers are traveling to play the Atlanta Falcons; the Falcons’ defense is currently ranked 26th in the league against the pass showing that Jackson could be in for another good outing. Ever since the departure of cornerback Brent Grimes, the Falcons have struggled to find a replacement. However, the Falcons still have Asante Samuel who has been a top cornerback in the NFL for several years.
The Jackson-Samuel matchup should get heated up very quickly. Since Glennon has thrown the ball 43 times each game, you can expect the ball to get between Samuel and Jackson several times.
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