‘Dynamic’ DeSean Jackson makes major impact

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 09, 2019 - 8:21 am

Dangerous. Quick. Game changer. 

Those were some of the words used to describe Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson on Sunday following the team’s Week 1 win over the Washington Redskins, a come-from-behind victory that was started by a 51-yard touchdown by Jackson. 

On Monday morning, speaking to Angelo Cataldi on the 94WIP Morning Show, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson added another adjective to describe his new wide receiver. 

“He is definitely dynamic. We saw the speed yesterday. He can get behind a safety quickly if they aren’t paying attention them. A few of those plays on third down, where obviously and where he was lined up to take advantage of some of that,” Pederson said. “He is smart. He understands defense and knows how to run routes. Carson loves to throw the deep ball as we all know, and to have that kind of guy to stretch the field makes a huge difference for your offense.”

Jackson certainly did just that on Sunday. With the Eagles trailing 17-0 and the final minutes ticking away in the first half, quarterback Carson Wentz dropped back and hit Jackson 51-yards down the field for a touchdown. The big play, something the fans had been waiting to see, got the Eagles’ offense going. 

“That’s just him and I going through the entire offseason together. Just working on our chemistry and how we see coverages,” Wentz said. “We made those plays in those cases and it was good to see.”

Jackson’s second touchdown, a 53-yard strike in which he was wide open down the sideline, gave the Eagles a 21-20 lead that wouldn’t lose the rest of the way. 

“Obviously, going into the game, we had a great gameplan all week with [Head Coach] Doug [Pederson] and [Offensive Coordinator Mike] Groh,” Jackson said. “We had a good 10-12 days of just preparing for this Redskins team. It was a lot of great things in the playbook for me this week. You never really know how that is going to pan out when the game comes so I just stayed calm and collected anytime my number was called and just make the most of my opportunities.”

Although the two long bombs were impressive, what really made Jackson such a threat on Sunday was his ability to hurt Washington all over the field. Jackson finished with eight catches for 154 yards. He caught screen passes, he caught intermediate passes and, of course, he caught long passes. 

The Eagles’ ability to use him all over the field, however, and not just send him deep was a noticeable difference from his first go-around with the team prior to his release in 2014. 

“The thing is with DeSean early in his career when he was here, he was that deep threat. But teams just tend to play him so soft and off, so why not take advantage of a quick out or a little comeback on the sideline where he is bursting down the field and he can stop on a dime,” Pederson said. “Carson is very accurate at those and DeSean is a great route runner in that way. It really opens up more of his game to be more of a versatile receiver. He can exploit a defense in that way.”

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