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5 Things to Know About Desean Jackson

A few things to know about the Buccaneers' new wide receiver.

Pictures of newly-added Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson from his career with the Redskins and Eagles.

1. Jameis Winston is happy to have him on board.
Winston is very familiar with Jackson's play, and said in February that he hoped the big-play threat would be joining him in Tampa Bay. "You better believe we want DeSean here," Winston told the Tampa Bay Times. "I think he would be a great asset to our team. Me growing up an Eagles fan, seeing what he did for the Eagles and back in his Cal days and even with the Redskins, I would love to have DeSean."

2. So is Mike Evans.
Early on Thursday, the NFL posted a photo on Instagram indication that Jackson could be headed to Tampa Bay. In the middle of the comments was one from Evans with a fist and fire emoji. With the signing, the Buccaneers now have two wide receivers who recorded at least 1,000 yards a year ago. If they both go over 1,000 yards again, it will be just the second time in Buccaneers history that the team has had two players reach the milestone in a single season.


  1. Jason Licht helped draft him.**
    Jackson was selected by the Eagles with the No. 49 pick in the NFL Draft, and Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht was part of the team that helped draft him. Licht was the Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel in 2008 when the Eagles made the pick, but he would leave soon thereafter to take a position with the Cardinals.

4. He hasn't lost a step.
Jackson's calling-card has been his speed and, at age 30, his greatest asset appears to still be in tact. According to's Next Gen Stats, Jackson was actually faster in 2016 than he was the year before. Jackson's official 40-yard dash time was listed at 4.35 seconds the last time he ran it.

5. He was one of the best free agents available.
According to’s list earlier this week, Jackson was one of the top free agents on the market. He was listed as the No. 12 overall player and the No. 3 wide receiver behind Terrelle Pryor and Alshon Jeffery. Jeffrey was listed as No. 1 and Pryor was their No. 9 overall free agent.

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