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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Despite doubles, Jackson has come up big

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- If there’s one member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense with a shot at making the Pro Bowl, it’s wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

The results of Pro Bowl voting will be announced Friday night, but Jackson received a big endorsement Wednesday.

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“I think Vincent has had a very, very good year," offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. ‘With all the pressure that’s been placed upon him and you look at the type of coverages that he’s seen, the type of doubles that he’s received and the type of rotation that he’s received, and some of the plays that he’s made despite all that. We’re so fortunate that he’s here. I think he’s a heck of a player and a heck of a person. I certainly would be pleased to see him go to Hawaii."

Jackson has a career-high 74 catches for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers alone present a nice case for the Pro Bowl. But Sullivan brings up a very good point with the talk about the coverages Jackson has faced.

Since losing No. 2 wide receiver Mike Williams to injury near the middle of the season, opposing defenses have devoted most of their attention to Jackson. But he still has been able to put up impressive numbers.