Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Have Tall Task in Bucs' Receivers; Tampa Bay's Evans, Jackson Both 6-Foot-5

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Have Tall Task in Bucs' Receivers; Tampa Bay's Evans, Jackson Both 6-Foot-5

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Tampa Bay rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has trust in receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.

Why wouldn't he?

Evans and Jackson are both listed at 6-foot-5, weighing 231 and 230 pounds, respectively.

More important, they're productive.

Evans lived up to his first-round hype as a rookie last season, gaining 1,051 yards with 12 touchdowns.

Jackson, an 11-year veteran, has posted 1,000-yard seasons the last four years.

Winston said Wednesday on a conference call with Jacksonville media that it was a "blessing" to have Evans and Jackson.

The trick for the Jaguars cornerbacks this week is to make Winston doubt that trust as Sunday's game at Tampa plays out between the Jaguars (1-3) and Buccaneers (1-3).

"They've got big-play guys on the perimeter," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "It will be a different challenge for us this week. These guys have both height and size. One was targeted 17 times in one game and in the next game another was targeted 15 times, so they go to both of them."

The Jaguars' best hope in trying to frustrate Winston is cornerback Davon House. The fifth-year veteran became a prime target for the Jaguars in free agency based on how he performed in Green Bay against bigger receivers like Atlanta's Julio Jones and Detroit's Calvin Johnson.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell cited those examples after signing House to a four-year, $24.5 million contract with $10 million guaranteed in March.

The 6-foot, 196-pound House has only started 18 games in his career, four this season with the Jaguars, yet has posted 41 career breakups and two interceptions.

House broke up two passes last week in a 16-13 overtime loss at Indianapolis. Evans and Jackson, however, are a different challenge than Colts speedy receiver T.Y. Hilton.

"Even though they're big guys they move like little guys," House said. "Big guys like that are usually slow and can't get on top on you. They both find a way to stretch the field. They're very strong at the point of attack and sure-handed, so it will be a big challenge."

The Colts game gave the secondary a needed dose of confidence, despite the loss. …

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