The Philadelphia Eagles have some experience and a lot of youth in their wide receiver room. Leading the way is 13-year veteran DeSean Jackson. The 33-year-old Jackson, who missed 14 games last season for Philadelphia due to a hernia injury, is being counted on by the team to be a deep threat for the Eagles in 2020.
Jackson is also being counted on to help mentor Philly’s young receivers, including rookies Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins. In addition, Jackson is assisting second-year wideout Greg Ward, who transitioned from college quarterback to receiver.
On Wednesday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson discussed how impressed he has been with Jackson’s leadership ability.
‘DeSean(Jackson) has done an outstanding job for us, not only as a player but now probably more so in this rolel(leader),” Pederson said. “I think DeSean knows that where he is in his career and those that have kind of mentored him along the way, and now he’s kind of in that same role where he can mentor these young guys. It’s one of the things that I take notice of with him out at practice, being able to talk to our young players and young receivers and teach them the game. DeSean has always played it at an extremely high level. He’s a great pro, takes his job seriously, and that’s what he’s instilling in our young players now.”
When healthy, Jackson gives Philadelphia a big-time playmaker. He is second(30) in NFL history in 50-plus yard touchdown receptions, and is only six touchdown receptions behind the all-time leader in 50-plus yard touchdown receptions, Jerry Rice. If Jackson can stay healthy, he might come close or equal Rice’s mark this season.
Based on videos we have seen in camp and the offseason, Jackson still has a lot of speed. In last season’s season opener against the Redskins, who the Eagles face on Sunday, Jackson had two long touchdown receptions. Hopefully, for the Eagles, he can duplicate that performance against Washington on Sunday, continue to lead the young players, and stay healthy in 2020.