DeSean Jackson Key to Philadelphia Eagles' Success in 2013

By Devin O'Barr
DeSean Jackson jogs on the field
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When the Philadelphia Eagles last went to the NFL postseason they had one of the most lethal passing attacks in the league and it was anchored by DeSean Jackson. With the Eagles dabbling in last place in the NFC East last year, their wide receivers were exceptionally off.

Surely, a lot of blame can rest on the Eagles’ poor offensive line and bad quarterback play from Michael Vick, but these wide outs must be better in 2013. The Eagles were at their peak from 2008-2010 as they made the playoffs each of those three seasons and Jackson was a big reason why. The former California Bear was excellent in this time-frame with two years of over 1,000 yards and one of 912 yards.

There was not a deadlier wide out in this stretch as Jackson was a force with nine touchdowns in 2009 and one rushing touchdown to boot. Philly was irrelevant last season with a mere four-win season and the issues are deeper than just a bad year from Vick.

One thing is for certain, Jackson is not going anywhere–the Eagles have Jackson signed through 2017 and are in no position to release the 26-year-old wide receiver. Eagles faithful long for the days when their special teams unit was spearheaded by Jackson’s ability to sneak through even the toughest kickoff units.

New head coach Chip Kelly has said that he will use Jackson to return punts this season after the Eagle returned just one punt for ex-head coach Andy Reid in 2012. Hopefully this minor move can give Jackson more confidence and allow him to return to the 1,000 yard receiver he was in both 2009 and 2010.

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