If you’re a DeSean Jackson hater, surely you’ve pointed to his declining numbers over the past two seasons. You’ve probably made reference to the decline in his return productivity, too. I mean, hell, it’s gone down three straight years.
Of course, you’d be totally discounting his miraculous return against the Giants in 2010, but hey, whatever.
And then you probably referenced his concussions and small size, because I mean, come on, he can’t possibly hold up for another four years, right?
For many, Jackson has become unfairly undervalued in Philadelphia. I know people like to say that about “All-Star” Andre Iguodala, but there’s a difference between Iguodala and Jackson–Iguodala sucks.
So I’d like just like to point to ESPN’s Stats and Info blog for a quick reminder that Jackson is, uh, still a pretty damn good player.
Since entering the league, Jackson has an NFL-best 25 receptions of 40 or more yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns of at least 50 yards. He’s scored long touchdowns at an historic rate; Jackson’s nine 50-yard touchdowns in 2009 tied the NFL single-season record held by Devin Hester (2007) and Elroy Hirsch (1951). Jackson also has the ability to score from all over the field. He’s scored at least once on a rush, reception and punt return in three of his four seasons. The only player in league history to with more seasons with a rushing, receiving and punt return touchdown is Eric Metcalf, who did it every year from 1992 to 1995.