Rams' DeSean Jackson, Sony Michel ready to step into fast lane against Buccaneers

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On Monday, McVay blamed himself for not utilizing Jackson more and proclaimed he would find a way to get the speedster involved in the offense.

“We brought him here to impact and influence the game and that’s something that’s going to be reflected moving forward,” McVay said.

Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has averaged 17.4 yards per catch throughout his career, best among active players. But he has yet to get many opportunities with the Rams.

“I was a little frustrated, I mean being a playmaker and being someone who’s had a lot of success in this league,” Jackson said. “I just want to just do what they brought me here to do which is help the team win.

“The first two games, we didn’t really need it. But there’s going to be games where things are going to be needed. I still feel like I can play at a high level, and I know I can bring some special things to this team.”

Jackson played for Washington in 2014 through 2016 when McVay was the offensive coordinator. That relationship, and the chance to play for a winning team in his hometown Los Angeles, stirred Jackson’ excitement about their reunion with the Rams. He said McVay has been communicative about the situation.

“The respect level between me and him is there,” he said. “No bad blood. It’s just trying to figure out how we can make it all work.”


Jackson, who played for Tampa Bay in 2017 and 2018, remains optimistic that McVay will provide him with opportunities against the Buccaneers and future opponents.

“This week you’ll see a little more action from me,” he said. “The biggest thing is, as long as we’re winning, we’re happy and everybody is contributing and doing what they can, that’s all that really matters.

“I just want to win and contribute the best way I can.”


Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said, “I’m not pleased with where we’re at in certain instances,” but was confident the performance would improve. The Rams gave up long kickoff returns against the Bears and Colts, and the punt team botched a snap that bounced off protector Nick Scott and resulted in a touchdown by the Colts. DeCamillis said he had never seen that miscue before — and aimed not to see it again. “I’m going to remember that play for a long time, unfortunately,” he said. “My wife won’t let me forget it, that’s for damn sure.”… Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (ankle) did not practice. Tight end Jacob Harris (hip) was limited.

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