Bucs get creative with Vincent Jackson

December, 19, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- After losing starting wide receiver Mike Williams to injury six games into the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had to change the way they do business.

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They still have veteran Vincent Jackson and a cast of young receivers. That's thrown the offense out of its normal balance.

"It's almost like you have to cat and mouse it," coach Greg Schiano said. "Maybe you don't make Vincent the primary read because you need to give him a little time to get working. It has definitely been a challenge for our offensive staff. With Vincent being a different level of performer at the wide receiver position than the majority of the rest of the guys being kind of new guys, it's not easy for scheming and trying to get Vincent open. We've moved him around a lot. Vincent doesn't line up in the same spot hardly ever. We're constantly moving him so defenses at least have to figure out where he is."

Despite drawing lots of extra coverage, Jackson has 69 catches for 1,091 yards and seven touchdowns.

"To have a whole coverage manipulated [based on] where Vincent lines up, it makes it a little more challenging," Schiano said. "But now people are onto that as well, but we've got some things this week that hopefully will help the offense be better."

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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