DeSean Jackson is Day-to-Day. Questionable for Sunday
2 October 2019 Uncategorized
Desean Jackson is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets, per Doug Pederson. He has missed the last two games due to an abdominal injury and may just miss another. Pederson stated that Jackson is still rehabbing and will miss practice on Wednesday. “Then we’ll progress from there,” Pederson said of Jackson’s availability.
If Jackson sits the Eagles offense will once again be down to four receivers (Jeffery, Agholor, Arcega-Whiteside, Hollins). Going against one of the top 5 teams against the pass last week, not one of those receivers topped 40 yards. Alshon led the way with 3 catches for 38 yards.
Go figure that Zach Ertz led the team with 7 catches for 65 yards. Goedert chipped in 2 catches for 13 yards but one was for a TD. We know that Doug wants to use the 12 personell more but injuries have been hindering that. With Goedert seeming to be fully healthy and the injuries at receiver, we could be in store for a lot more of that formation. Not only due to the injuries and mismatches in the passing game but Goedert has been blocking very well and improving the run game.
The Eagles could also give more snaps in the passing game to Sproles or even Clement now that he is progressing health-wise. Don’t rule out Sanders being used either as he had 8 targets in the first three weeks. He had zero last week but as I said, look for that to change.
With Jackson’s injury and Alshon still trying to get back to 100%, I look for the Eagles to try and run the ball just like last week. The difference is the Packers were 7th worst against the run whereas the Jets are 8th best.
Jackson has only played in one game but in that game he had 8 catches for 154 yards and 2 TDs. At 32 years old he is still one of the top speedy receivers in the game. He gives Carson a weapon unlike any he’s had in the past. That’s not a knock on Torrey Smith but he’s just no D-Jax. Neither was Wallace or Gibson… The way he takes off the top of a defense makes their offense capable of being one of the best. They really need him back to full health to make this offense run on all cylinders.
When playoff time comes around the Eagles will really need Jackson to be healthy so they have to be careful with his usage every week. I honestly don’t think he plays this Sunday even if he is questionable. I’m not saying this game is a “gimme” but if they can take down the Pack all banged up, I feel they can do the same to the Jets. It won’t be an easy task but if the Eagles can run the ball, get to the young QB (whichever one it is), control the clock and avoid stupid penalties, they should be able to come away with the win.