The Facts: Andrew Hayes-Stoker was fired and Todd Monken was hired to replace him as Tampa Bay's WRs coach and new HC Dirk Koetter's OC. The Bucs are expecting Monken to make Mike Evans a sure-handed receiver, continue to develop young receivers Adam Humphries, Kenny Bell and Donteea Dye, and squeeze another productive year out of Jackson. That's right. PewterReport.com can report that the 33-year old Jackson will be back in red and pewter in 2016 – and at his full salary.
Diehards Line:While Jackson had his least productive season in five years with 33 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns in 2015, he missed six full games and parts of two others with a knee injury. When he was in the starting lineup, the Bucs were 4-4 last year. Without Jackson, the Bucs were 2-6, including 0-4 down the stretch when Tampa Bay’s point production fell to 17.75 points per game. In games in which Jackson played the Bucs averaged 22.3 points per game. In games without him, Tampa Bay averaged just 19.6 points per game. The Bucs have concluded that Jackson’s experience and skill set definitely still have a value in Koetter’s offense. Bottom line? Jackson was missed last season, and he’ll get one more year in Tampa Bay to see if he can help get the Bucs in the playoffs.