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Vincent Jackson eager to work with Williams
Posted Apr 19, 2012 by Ira Kaufman
Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
By IRA KAUFMAN
TAMPA—It hasn’t taken Vincent Jackson very long to make a powerful impression on his new head coach,
Since the veteran wide receiver signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent from San Diego last month, Jackson has thrilled Greg Schiano with his attitude, setting an example for Josh Freeman’s young targets like Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn.
“I think Vincent Jackson is going to have a really good impact on everybody,’’ Schiano said Thursday following the close of a 3-day voluntary camp that generated almost full participation. “He’s a pro. He works very hard, he trains very hard and he practices very hard. He brings an energy to practice as well as play-making ability. I’m excited.’‘
Williams enjoyed a stellar rookie year in 2010 as the Bucs won 10 games, but his production dropped markedly last year during a 4-12 season that prompted the dismissal of head coach Raheem Morris.
“Mike’s a good young receiver and I think we’ll be able to put defenses in a lot of binds,’’ Jackson said. “We’re all going to help each other and feed off of each other. We’ve got a great receivers coach in P.J. Fleck, who is very detail-oriented, and he’s going to make us great. We can be good, but we want to be great and he’s the guy to do it.’‘
Fleck, a former wideout at Northern Illinois, spent the past two years as Schiano’s receivers coach at Rutgers. Jackson is also looking forward to working with new offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who earned two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants on Tom Coughlin’s staff.
“We’re going to be the most-prepared team in the league,’’ Jackson said. “Mike Sullivan’s great. He’s a smart guy with some great experience and I can sense his excitement in every meeting. It’s fun to play for a guy like that.’‘
After playing seven years with quarterback Philip Rivers in San Diego, Jackson can’t wait to develop a rapport with Freeman.
“Josh is a big, strong, physical guy and he’s hungry,’’ Jackson said. “It’s a new system for him and he’s doing a good job picking it up. You can feel his confidence.’‘