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What To Expect Wednesday: DeSean Jackson

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

In this series, we’ll take a look at new additions to the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles team as they work their way through Training Camp and the Preseason. Whether they’re totally new players or old friends, we’ll let you know what to expect from each of these players. Each player will also receive a grade based on their most recent production, injury history, projected production, and the value the Eagles signed them for. Let’s dive in to Week 1 starting with former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has come back to the City of Brotherly Love.

In the eyes of many, DeSean Jackson was the fastest player on the field any given Sunday in his prime. When Michael Vick had his Eagles breakout season in 2010, it seemed as though the pair would go on to become one of the best deep threat duos in NFL history — given Vick’s tremendous arm strength.

So, now that Jackson is 32 years old, what does he offer the Eagles as they look to get back to the Super Bowl?

Simply put, the same thing he offered them before, but maybe in smaller doses. Jackson still has elite speed — he showed that off against the Eagles early last season when he toasted Jalen Mills for a 75-yard touchdown. However, injuries have been somewhat concerning for the wide receiver, and it would be smart for the Eagles to use him sparingly.

Luckily, there are so many talented receivers on the roster that Jackson won’t be overwhelmed with responsibility or have too much focus in coverage. Jackson should see many open looks deep down the field as well as in the short passing game in the form of bubble screens.

Expect Jackson to open up the intermediate routes to guys in the middle like Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, who will more than likely be left unguarded by the safeties that will need to account for Jackson’s speed.

If Jackson can stay healthy for the Birds in 2019, he will continue to shred defenses now that he again has a competent quarterback in Carson Wentz after catching passes from Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Kirk Cousins the past half-decade.

Signing Grade: 9/10

Next Wednesday, we'll take a look at newly acquired free agent linebacker Zach Brown.

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