The 2018 NFL season has not gone as planned for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson. It appears he is still hoping to end it on a high note.
Jackson has missed the last two games with a thumb injury. According to Greg Auman of The Athletic, he is still holding out hope for a potential comeback this season:
DeSean Jackson hasn’t played last two games due to thumb injury. Had it immobilized tonight, said he’s still hopeful to play this season but wasn’t able to squeeze the ball at all with his injured hand.
The prospect of Jackson’s return may seem like a bit of a stretch. The fact that he is unable to grip a football with just three games left in the season solidifies this notion. It should also be noted that Tampa Bay has struggled to position itself to be in playoff contention at this point.
Regardless, it is clear that Jackson is still hoping to make an impact. He has largely failed to do so on a consistent basis this year. The veteran has registered 40 receptions for 750 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games. It is no secret that he has been unhappy with his fluctuating role within the offense. However, his struggles can largely be attributed to the constant changes under center as well as a plethora of other viable options in the receiving corps.
Tampa Bay will need all the help it can get over the final three games of the season. They may not be in the strongest position to make playoffs, however, winning out would certainly help their bid.