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.
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.
According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Jackson reworked his contract with the Eagles, which is expected to be three years for $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.
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 intentions 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.
This has been out there for awhile now, but don’t be surprised if Desean Jackson is wearing midnight green again. Jackson was a guest on Adam Schefter’s podcast “Know Them From Adam” where he had some interesting things to say about a possible return to Philadelphia:
“It definitely is a great story, I guess you could say. Starting your career somewhere and obviously going to a division rival team and having the possibility of maybe going back. I mean you kind of just think about all of that, where you started from and maybe where you want to finish it. It’s just a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It almost sounds good but you never really know until the final decision is made. But I’m just a firm believer of you work hard, you put in the work, and continuously go out there and show everyone what you’re capable of doing. I think the sky is the limit for me. My agent, Joel Segal, is in a great position. I’m in a great position. Really I’m just going to let him be the expertise guy. He’s the one with all the experience. He’s been doing this for plenty of years. With the conversations we’ve been having, it’s great on our end. The best thing we need to do is stay under the radar, me continuously working out, and from there we’ll just sit back and see what teams are putting out there.”
The Eagles need a wide receiver, and Jackson might fit the bill. We’ll see how this plays out!