PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles made a splash on the primary day of the NFL’s authorized tampering interval by agreeing to amass extensive receiver DeSean Jackson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The transfer sparked prompt debate over whether or not it was a smart determination to revisit the previous and convey again Jackson, whose first run with the Eagles was two elements electrifying and one half turbulent.
Regardless of the break up this time round, it is at all times finest to buckle up when Jackson is on the town.
Why make this transfer?
The Eagles have been chasing a pace receiver of Jackson’s caliber because the day former coach Chip Kelly lower Jackson in March 2014. Torrey Smith stuffed the position throughout the staff’s Tremendous Bowl run in 2017 however did not strike concern within the hearts of his opponents fairly like Jackson can. Mike Wallace was speculated to be the field-stretcher final season, however he broke his leg in Week 2, and the offense suffered for it.
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The best setup is to have a burner working reverse an enormous, bodily wideout corresponding to Alshon Jeffery. That is when coach Doug Pederson’s offense is at its finest. Identical goes for the mirror system of his mentor, Andy Reid, who drafted Jackson and is now blessed with Tyreek Hill in Kansas Metropolis. As probably the greatest deep-threat receivers in NFL historical past, Jackson suits the invoice fairly nicely.
Jackson has 29 touchdowns of 50-plus yards in his profession, second to solely Jerry Rice (36).
However Jackson is 32. Is he nonetheless that man?
The numbers say he is nonetheless received the juice. In line with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, Jackson stays one of many quickest gamers within the recreation. He reached 20-plus mph on eight of his 52 touches (15.four p.c) final season, the very best charge within the league. Hill was second highest at 12.four p.c.
He had the very best common goal depth in 2018 at 19.1 yards, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data. The Eagles had 9 passing performs of 40-plus yards all of final season. Jackson had 5 such performs all by himself regardless of showing in solely 12 video games.
Any points about him being a locker room match?
Truthful query. It wasn’t all roses throughout his first stint in Philly. Jackson was generally immature and precipitated his share of complications internally. He wore his feelings on his sleeve, so if he was in a nasty temper, it was written throughout his physique language and you would really feel it when strolling via the locker room. He had the facility to have an effect on the temperature of a staff.
Jackson has mellowed some over time, although, in accordance with folks near him. There needs to be much less volatility this time round.
It will likely be fascinating to observe how Jackson integrates with the staff in his second stint. Time hasn’t sat nonetheless. The roster has turned over, a brand new set of alphas run issues, and he will have to determine the place he suits.
Organizational familiarity ought to assist. Pederson is aware of him from his first go-around in Philly, as do some gamers and front-office members. The very fact they determined to deliver him again after being married to him as soon as says one thing.
Who advantages probably the most?
Carson Wentz. There may be some gunslinger to his recreation and he is received an enormous arm. He’ll really feel proper at house airing it out and letting Jackson do his factor on the opposite finish.
I am going to simply stand right here and throw it so far as I can, you go forward and simply RUN…. how’s that sound @DeSeanJackson11 ??? 😎
Welcome again to Philly my man!
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) March 12, 2019
Anticipate Wentz’s deep-ball accuracy to leap up.
Jackson’s worth additionally comes through lifting the highest off a protection and attracting consideration. There needs to be extra space within the intermediate areas for guys corresponding to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert to function in. Wentz ought to be capable of benefit from Jackson’s gravitational pull within the secondary.