Part of this is not his fault. Defenses are rolling coverage and attention his way with a corner and safety over the top, and the other receivers on the Eagles aren’t taking advantage. Jackson has to find a way to get open despite this. Head Coach Chip Kelly can also do a better job of designing plays to get the speedy Jackson the ball in space such as bubble screens and quick hitches.
Jackson is one of the two most dynamic playmakers on the team along with all-world running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy. If he is shut down in a football game it really limits what the offense is capable of. Jackson is also getting used to not playing with fellow wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who really helped take the attention off him.
The Eagles are desperately missing Maclin as no other receiver has stood out in an attempt to replace him. Expectations were that big target Riley Cooper would come in and at least be productive. So far he just can’t seem to get off coverage and is failing to get open in one-on-one match ups.
This cannot happen Sunday for the third straight game. Jackson has to do his part no doubt, but the “others” have to get involved as well. The Eagles can’t rely on Jackson and McCoy to make every big play for the squad on offense. If they do they are in for another long day on Sunday.