Sometimes it doesn’t have to be said, and this is probably one of those instances, where an NFL player is talking about his team’s previous poor season. However, DeSean Jackson said it anyway Wednesday afternoon.
While talking on a variety of subjects after day two of Buccaneers mini-camp Wednesday, the veteran speedster wideout was asked about whether he sensed that the team had sense of urgency coming off 2017?
And while he qualified his answer a bit, Jackson (shown above in Tuesday’s workout) knows and believes everyone else who’s back from what was supposed to be a playoff year that became 5-11 knows, they should be self-motivated:
“Obviously, last year was a tough year for us. We were very disappointed and upset about that. I think everyone this year has a job to do. To take care of or advantage of our opportunities. We felt last year that we kinda ‘got behind the eight-ball.’ It was tough to fight through that. This year, we got a fresh start. Hopefully, everybody can come together collectively, and you know, start fresh and finish strong.”
Then, the question came about “sense of urgency,” and Jackson did not hesitate:
“When your record is 5 and 11. I think everybody in the building has a sense of urgency to want to go out there and change that…. Our roster definitely don’t match up (sic) with our record. I think everyone has a responsibility, including myself. We’re going to go out there, put the work in and hopefully it shows.”
It’s also no secret that Jackson’s top talent is the deep ball and using his blazing speed. And even at age 31, the Bucs still believe he will be every bit the threat that they spent $30 million on in free agency in March of last year.
And, as we wrote back in February, he, Mike Evans and QB Jameis Winston have been spending off season time in College Station, TX, and Los Angeles working together to get ready for 2018.
And with training camp approaching, talk of “sense of urgency” will obviously intensify.
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