To put it as modestly as I possibly can; I love being right.
All off-season long I’ve been calling for Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson to absolutely explode in Chip Kelly’s furiously-fast spread offense. And the 6th year burner has done just that and more, totaling a robust 297 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 catches through the first two weeks of 2013.
Jackson was able to rack up an insane 193 receiving yards on 9 catches in the Birds’ Week 2 loss to the San Diego Chargers. The insane thing is that Jackson had a long touchdown called back for an illegal formation that affected the play in no way, and was also overthrown by QB Michael Vick by a matter of inches on two separate occasions when he had the secondary completely toasted.
This means that if the Eagles had lined up correctly on one play, and Vick had executed a little more touch on the other two, Jackson could have easily had a jaw-dropping 300+ yard receiving today. Yes, this is speculative, but if you watched the game then you would know that it was actually a real possibility.
Not to pile on the ‘what if’s', but D-Jack would have easily surpassed 150 receiving yards in Week 1 vs. the Washington Redskins as well if Coach Kelly didn’t put his offense into cruise-control in the second half, only allowing Vick to pass the ball five times.
It’s safe to say that if Jackson is able to keep up this frantic pace in the Birds’ already frantic offensive system, he could shatter the NFL record for receiving yards in a season (1,964 yards), which is currently held by Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson. Jackson could also surpass Johnson and Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer WR Michael Irvin for most 100-yard receiving games in a single season (11 games).
D-Jack is currently on pace to total 128 catches for 2,376 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wow.