You cannot have enough speed at the skill positions in the NFL and the Buccaneers realize they need more. A lot more of it. To that end, a fascinating name that they hosted for a visit on Monday was USC defensive back/kick returner/part time offensive weapon, Adoree Jackson.
Here were some details on the visit and how Jackson might fit in for Tampa Bay from Jenna Laine of ESPN.com:
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Without question, Jackson is an explosive player in the open field, as he made one highlight reel play after another for the Trojans, particularly on returns. But, as Laine writes, he also dabbled some on offense lining up not only as a receiver, but in the backfield at times with success scoring on big plays, too.
The real questions are about his lack of size and how exactly could he fit into the Buccaneer plans for 2017? The Bucs definitely are searching for a game breaking returner (and really have been for years). They primarily used sure handed Adam Humphries on punts in 2016 and then, an assortment of players to return kicks.
Tampa Bay even brought in former Eagles return specialist (and former Oregon Duck) speed merchant, Josh Huff, off waivers late in last season to potentially give them a boost. Huff, however proved to make two costly disastrous plays bobbling the ball on kick returns, both ironically, against the Saints in separate games. That put Huff in the dog house and his future as returner in Tampa Bay in doubt.
Back to Jackson, he’s in the same mold, same build, even same college conference, the Pac-12, as Huff. But the fact that GM Jason Licht, coach Dirk Koetter, and even, special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor wanted to look and talk to Jackson themselves this week is intriguing.
He’s likely a night two draft pick for the second or third round and would definitely, fill a need. “Need, for speed.”