Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is explosive in every sense of the word — from his speed on the field, to his game-changing plays and even his personality. Jackson has without question put together his best season as a professional in Chip Kelly’s first campaign in Philadelphia, no doubt due to the new offensive system in place which spotlights Jackson’s greatest attribute: speed. Although the Eagles dropped a heartbreaker to the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend, it was by no fault of their No. 1 wide receiver who put on a show.
The day started slow, but after an interception and rant on the sideline creating some much needed urgency for Philadelphia, Jackson simply went off on the field. He ended the day with season highs in both receptions, with 10, and receiving yards, with 195. The day was not successful for the team overall, who let a golden opportunity slip from their fingertips, but for Jackson, it saw him reaching career bests in many facets.
His eye opening over-the-shoulder touchdown grab in the third quarter marked his ninth of the season, tying his personal best with two games still left to play. The game also saw Jackson eclipse career marks in receiving yards (1,275), receptions (75) and average receiving yards per game (91.1). In addition, if not for a penalty, he would have added another score on the ground on Kelly’s gutsy 4th-and-1 call that double-reversed Jackson into the end zone. The new system really fits the skillset of Philadelphia’s stars and Jackson is just the latest recipient of its good fortune.
The Eagles have hit the critical juncture of the season, and with the successes they have when is Jackson firing on all cylinders, it would benefit them to make sure he gets in the end zone each week. They are 6-2 when he does, which bodes well for the future of the season and making some noise in the playoffs. All that for a team who began the year just trying to take baby steps in the right direction.