Why bringing back WR DeSean Jackson is going to elevate the Eagles offense to another level
13 June 2019 Uncategorized
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired one of the best players they could possibly add for their franchise quarterback this offseason. Obviously offensive line stays at the upmost importance, but adding weapons is what makes your quarterback shine. And, when the Eagles brought back wide receiver DeSean Jackson, they gave their quarterback one of the most dynamic playmakers in all of football.
Rewind the clock, the Eagles and Jackson had somewhat of a forced breakup. In hindsight, the Eagles probably didn’t want to get rid of a player with his ability, but nonetheless, the moves were made. Getting him back this season is really going to help the Eagles expand their offense and here’s why.
Jackson is one of the most dynamic playmakers in all of the NFL. His combination of speed and route running allows him to take the top off of any defense.
Zach Ertz hyped DeSean Jackson’s back
“DJax makes the QB’s job easy. He’s a special special player. We haven’t had a player like him since he left 6 years ago. I couldn’t tell you how excited I am to have him back. I couldn’t tell you how much he’s changed in the past 6 years” pic.twitter.com/lPK4YLraEV
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 30, 2019
17.4 is the number to know when talking about Jackson and his production. That’s because that is the amount of yards he averages per catch in his career. He’s a big time threat and that number backs it up.
In his career, he’s been able to mange 10,261 yards and 53 touchdowns. With his ability to stretch the field, he also opens up the field for other players. When opposing defenses have to have a safety over the top, ready to flock to the side Jackson is running down, the middle of the field opens up and other players open up. Not only is Jackson a weapon in himself, he creates for others.
What it all boils down to is, he’s a playmaker. He’s going to make big time plays and he’s going to be a threat every time he’s in the field. Defenses are always going to have to respect his speed and ability. It’s a huge commodity to have, the Eagles struggled last season stretching the field and that’s a big reason why they brought him back.
Another threat Jackson possesses –and it seems likely that the Eagles will take advantage of this –is his punt returning ability. Having a punt returner who’s most memorable moment is the miracle at the meadowlands 2 will strike fear in opposing special team units. In his career, he’s returned four punts back for touchdowns and eclipsed 1,000 yards on 139 returns. After he left the Eagles, his punt returning ability wasn’t exactly used. This just adds another tool to the Swiss Army knife that is DeSean Jackson.
With all that being said, building chemistry with the offense is what’s going to help Jackson be fully utilized. If this spring has gave us any insight, things are going to be just fine. Jackson is going to help elevate Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense to another level.
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