Doug Pederson is happy with DeSean Jackson, the leader

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. 

Eagles’ Pederson: ‘I think any time DeSean is on the field, defenses have to account for that’

When the Philadelphia Eagles brought back WR DeSean Jackson in the offseason, the thought was they would have a deep threat that teams would have to account for at all times. After his performance in Week 1 against the Redskins, where he caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, many thought the Eagles’ offense would be tough to stop in 2019.

However, in Week 2 against the Falcons, the 32-year-old Jackson would injure his abdominal muscle and has been out of action ever since. At times, Philadelphia has had a difficult time stretching the field without Jackson. Fortunately for the Eagles(4-4), Jackson is close to returning and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at the Linc against the Bears(3-4).

“I’m optimistic that he’ll play,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Friday. “We are going to get through today, again. He’s had a great week of practice. He’s been limited on the injury report all week. We’ll get through today and tomorrow, and we’re optimistic that he can play.”

Obviously, the Eagles want Jackson at his best, but if Philadelphia can just get him on the field, that would be huge for the team.

“I think any time DeSean is on the field, defenses have to account for that, for that speed and his receiving ability,” Pederson said.”Whether or not he’s the primary on the route, could be a different story, but I think the respect of what he gets defensively, whether it takes two guys to defend him or if they are going to just put one guy on him.

“Yeah, it definitely helps us, I think as an offense when he’s on the field because he’s such a dynamic guy, speed guy, and really good leader for our young guys that are also playing at this time.”

The good thing for the Eagles is that even if Jackson can’t play this week, the team will have a bye the following week, which means he would have more time to get healthier. It’s clear that with Jackson in the lineup, Philly’s offense looks more dynamic, and the sooner they can get him back, the better off this team will be.

Pederson on decision to trade for Jackson: ‘The injury part didn’t factor into it much at all’

In Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson came out the gate very strong against the Redskins. The 12-year veteran had eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. However, the following week, against the Falcons, Jackson would leave the game with an abdominal injury and has missed the past three games. Jackson did not practice on Wednesday and is not expected to play on Sunday when the Eagles travel to Minnesota to battle the Vikings.

The 32-year-old Jackson has played in 16 games two times in his career, and last season, Jackson missed four games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On Wednesday, when asked about whether Jackson’s injury history factored in their decision to bring him back to Philadelphia in the offseason, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson had this to say.

“Yeah, it’s part of it, but it’s not what makes or breaks the deal,” Pederson said. “We knew the type of player we were getting, the explosiveness, an electric player, and a player that wanted to be back in Philly.

“The injury part didn’t factor into it much at all.”

Philadelphia seems to be missing what Jackson brings to the table, which is the ability to stretch the defense. In a lot of ways, he makes this offense explosive, and the two touchdowns he had against the Redskins were big plays(touchdown receptions of 53 and 51 yards). Jackson is not the savior for this offense, but Philadelphia does need him back on the field at some point in 2019, especially if the Eagles want to go far this season.

Eagles’ Groh on Jackson: ‘I think he’s still one of the fastest guys in the league’

There is a lot of excitement in Philadelphia about the return of WR DeSean Jackson. The 32-year-old Jackson, who was traded to the Eagles this offseason after spending two years with the Buccaneers, is back where it all started, as he played his first six seasons in Philadelphia.

Jackson joins an offense that is expected to do the big things this season, and with Jackson in the fold, the Eagles have a guy that is one best deep threats in football. The three-time Pro Bowler has 24 touchdown receptions of 60 yards or more, which is the most in NFL history. However, according to Eagles OC Mike Groh, Jackson can do more than just catch the deep ball.

“DeSean [Jackson] is a complete player,” Groh said on Monday. “He can do anything that he wants. As a coach, it’s really exciting because you can just say, ‘Hey, can you run this route or can you do it like this,’ and you can just tell him and he can do it. So from a coaching standpoint that makes it really easy, and we’re just trying to move him around and have him do a bunch of different things because he is such a weapon.”

2019 will be Jackson’s 12th year in the league, and you would think at this point of his career that he would have lost some speed. But according to Groh, that is not the case with Jackson.

“I think he’s still one of the fastest guys in the league,” Groh said. “So, he’s still playing at an elite-speed level. He’s one of the fastest guys out there every day on the field and still has absolute confidence in his speed and ability to win.”

Philadelphia has one of the better tight ends in football in Zach Ertz and another emerging talent at the tight end position in Dallas Goedert to go along with what they have at the wide receiver position in Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.

Now, you add Jackson to the mix, which should give QB Carson Wentz and this offense all it needs to put up big numbers this season.

Eagles acquire WR DeSean Jackson from Buccaneers

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired WR DeSean Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Jackson reworked his contract with the Eagles, which is expected to be three years, $27 million. Jackson was scheduled to make $10 million next season.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2011, 2014) and 2009 Associated Press All-Pro honoree, Jackson (5-10, 175) is one of the most explosive wideouts in NFL history. Now entering his 12th season, Jackson was originally selected by the Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and has spent time with Philadelphia (2008-13), Washington (2014-16), and Tampa Bay (2017-18).

Jackson has produced the most 60-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (24) in NFL history and ranks second in 50-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (29), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (36). He also leads all NFL players in 40-plus-yard receptions (63) since 2008.

Additionally, Jackson owns the sixth-highest career receiving average (17.4) in NFL history, trailing only Stanley Morgan(19.2), Lance Alworth (18.9), Don Maynard (18.7), James Lofton (18.3), and Harold Jackson (17.9) (min. 500 receptions). He has led the NFL in yards per reception four times in his career: 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9), 2014 (20.9), and 2010 (career-high 22.5) (min. 35 receptions).

Among active NFL players, Jackson ranks sixth in career receiving yards.

DeSean Jackson on Chip Kelly: ‘He’s a big-time weirdo’

Tampa Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson is not very fond his former coach with the Eagles, Chip Kelly.

Jackson, who played six seasons in Philly, was released by Kelly and the Eagles in 2014.

Over the years, Jackson has avoided the subject of Kelly, but it’s clear that Jackson has no love for the UCLA head coach.

Today, he made that fairly obvious.

“We don’t even talk about that dude. He’s a weirdo. He’s a big-time weirdo,” Jackson told TMZ Sports.

I guess Jackson and Kelly won’t be having dinner anytime soon, and rightly so. Jackson had a career year with Kelly, and at the time, he had no intention of leaving.

However, after an NJ.COM article that discussed Jackson’s alleged gang ties was published in 2014, the Eagles released the wide receiver.

So, in the end, you can understand why Jackson is not a fan of Chip Kelly.