Keyshawn Johnson Calls Out Vincent Jackson: 'I Need You to Deliver'
Keyshawn Johnson paid a visit to One Buc Place today. The former Super Bowl wideout-turned-analystwas doing a piece for ESPNon Darrelle Revis and stopped by the media workroom for a break, chatting about his time in Tampa Bay and offering some interesting observations about the current Bucs roster.
Among the most intriguingcomments was his take on Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson.Johnson said point-blank, "As a player, I think hes okay."
"I think hes done a good job. I think hes gotten the most out of his talent...I know he puts up good numbers and hes averaging 19 yards a catch -- but with 1:30 to go, down by five, 'I want you to take that shot, I need you to take that shot.' If he can do that, then to me...thats when you become 'that guy.'"
Johnson acknowledged Jackson's production. He's had over 1,000 receiving yards four out of the last five years. But he wantsto him come through in the clutch.
"I dont give a sh** about how many catches you've got, how many yards you've got. But when were down by five, I need to feed you. I need you to deliver. That's what you need to be able to do.I need you to be that Andre Johnson when you cross into the end zone, theres five seconds left on the clock."
"Youcan say, Well he is clutch, he catches thishe does [that]. Thats not what Im talking about. Im talking about that guy, Im talking about that Kobe [Bryant], that LeBron [James], take that shotI know youre getting the ball."
"Its like when I played. You know I was getting the ball, but when the sh** hit the fan, you knew I was getting it and you still couldnt [stop it]. I think he has the size, he has the ability, hes not a guy who talks thats not his style and if he could just take that shot, then it pushes him to that next phase of the game.
You can have zero catches until the last two minutes of the game, and then take that shot. Thats what pushes you to the next level. I see a guy like Mike Williams hes taking shots, hes been taking shots at the end of the games in his career. Hes not the niftiest, fastest, most-explosive, but at the end of games, when hes had the opportunity, he took a shot.
Johnson also talked about quarterback Josh Freeman. When asked if Freeman was 'the guy,' Johnson responded, "He has to be. Who else are you going to get?"
"Is he better than Teddy Bridgewater, right now? Is he better than Aaron Murray? So when you start to look at that, it's like, 'Is he better than the guy they drafted from NC State [Mike Glennon]? Probably so.
He believes Freeman needs to ignore the contract situation, forget about hisimpending free agent status,and just perform more consistently. " Heneeds to put the screws to the Bucs, which means, 'I'm gonna throw for 5,000 yards, I'm gonna get us to the playoffs, and now I'm gonna do what I need to do.' It's a good problem to have."
"'You have no worries. Don't panic, don't think about injury. Just go out there, sprinkle a little bit out there, now put the screws to them.' You see what I'm saying? Back them up into the corner, because he has the ability."
Johnson also believes the Bucs have the ability to contend with the help of Darrelle Revis on defense, offering a rather bold prediction.
"The secondary will probably be in the top-three secondaries in the whole league, if Darrelles on the field and hes healthyIts a huge change from last year. They can probably play a little more man-to-man and feel good about it."