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.