Jackson immediately produced in a huge way for the Birds, as he quickly emerged as one of the single most dangerous all-around athletes in the entire NFL after only his second professional season.
But fast-forward just a few years to 2013, and Jackson has showed nothing but regression over the past couple of seasons. Despite his game-breaking wheels and unmatched maneuverability, Jackson failed to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in both 2011 and 2012. And even though his 2012 season was ended prematurely in Week 12 due to several broken ribs, Jackson was still only able to amass a measly two receiving touchdowns over his 11 games played on the year.
But the truth is, the extraordinary acceleration, elusiveness and all-around speed that Jackson has proven to harness throughout his career is every coach’s dream, and is especially useful in a spread-option style offense that allows for versatility in position and assignment.
Well, enter Chip Kelly, the Eagles’ brand new head coach who is easily the most innovative and successful spread-offense guru in both collegiate and professional football.
Kelly will be able to utilize Jackson’s plethora of abilities by both passing him the ball, and handing him the ball. Over the past couple of seasons where Jackson has struggled to produce, former head coach Andy Reid was failing to use the young superstar in a multitude of ways.
Over the course of Jackson’s first three NFL seasons, he was able to succeed in such a monumental way because he was getting his hands on the ball in the running, receiving and punt returning games, instead of being limited to just pass-catching duties.
I expect Jackson to experience a serious rebirth in 2013, as Coach Kelly will make it a priority to maximize the youngster’s potential by utilizing his talents all throughout the Eagles’ offense.