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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut WR Dexter Jackson

File the 2008 NFL Draft round selection in the file called ‘bust’. From AP-

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released underachieving wide receiver Dexter Jackson.

Jackson was a second-round draft pick out of Appalachian State in 2008. He appeared in the first seven games of last season, primarily as a kick returner.

The 23-year-old returned 20 punts and 14 kickoffs with limited success before losing the kick return job to undrafted free agent Clifton Smith. Smith went on become a Pro Bowl selection, while Jackson did not get into a game again.

The Bucs announced the move before practice Monday. Jackson didn’t have any receptions as a rookie and has been slowed this preseason by an ankle injury.

At the time of Jackson’s selection by Tampa, the pretty much universal opinion was that the Bucs were stretching. Jackson had the fastest 40 time in the combine, but had problems holding onto the ball and didn’t like being hit. Not good traits for a WR/Kick returner. I think the odds are less than 50-50 that Jackson ever catches a regular season NFL pass.

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