TAMPA – On Friday it was kicker Roberto Aguayo and quarterback Jameis Winston who had their best days yet at Buccaneers training camp. On Saturday it was wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
In front of a massive crowd of fans that spilled out of the stands, filled up the backside of two fields and ran halfway down another, Jackson showed off the speed and skill that makes him so special.
Jackson was literally un-coverable on Saturday, catching two touchdown passes in an 11-on-11 red zone drill and then beating the secondary on a go route in which Winston dropped another deep ball into the bucket.
“DeSean had a great day,’’ Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “He got off to a fast start and one of his best plays, I don’t know if the fans were able to see because it was over on that (middle) field.
“In the last period there, he caught a quick out (along the sideline) and broke the tackle and then he was gone. So yeah, a big day for DeSean. It was good to see.’’
The outing will lend more credence to the growing belief the Bucs could have one of the most potent offenses in the league this year. That’s ab belief that Jackson shares.
Citing the explosiveness that he brings and the talent of several of the players around him, Jackson didn’t argue with a suggestion the Bucs could average close to 30 points per game this year.
“I don’t see why not,’’ Jackson said. “We have the playmakers and the skill. But we don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves. We just want to go out there and have fun.’’
Jackson provided the massive crowd with a lot of fun moments on Saturday, but it may be the start of the regular season before he provides those kinds of thrills again.
The Bucs will begin their preseason schedule next week and while Jackson is likely to get some limited work in those games, he doesn’t plan to show off all his skills until the games matter.
“I’m going to try to keep my plays for the regular season, when it counts,’’ Jackson said. “Obviously the preseason is something we have to go through and it will be good for us.
“I’m sure I’ll get some reps, get some plays there, but I don’t want to show too much just yet because we’re expecting to have a big year this year. We think we can come out and light it up.’’