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Ravens corner Jimmy Smith to square off with imposing Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson

Ravens corner Jimmy Smith to square off with imposing Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson catches a pass against the Saints last week. (Derick E. Hingle, USA Today Sports)

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers line up on offense, they're headlined by one of the most imposing wide receivers in the NFL.

Vincent Jackson is big, strong and fast at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. He's a proven deep threat who leads the Buccaneers with 21 catches for 278 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Ravens will counter with size and speed of their own, having cornerback Jimmy Smith square off with Jackson.

"I've been dealing with this for a while now," Smith said. "Size is always a factor. It's the matchup I like."

Since the Buccaneers signed him in 2012, Jackson has piled up 171 catches for 2,886 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Only six players have surpassed those receptions and yardage totals during the past three seasons: Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (228 catches, 3,804 yards), Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (248 catches, 3,325 yards), Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (207 catches, 3,231 yards), Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (212 catches, 3,090 yards), Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (217 catches, 2,991 yards and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (237 catches, 2,991 yards).

"He's an excellent player," Smith said. "He's been around a long time he's still making a ton of plays."

The Buccaneers have a strong-armed quarterback in Mike Glennon, a pocket passer who has completed 57 of 98 passes for 672 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions for an 87.9 passer rating since taking over for injured veteran Josh McCown.

"He's a big, tall quarterback that can deliver the ball and throw it deep," Smith said. "He has great arm strength. He's doing a really good job."

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