De’Anthony Thomas was one of the most explosive players in all of college football under the guidance under former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. There was simply no telling just how much damage the dual threat could do when he got his hands on the football. Surely, he kept opposing defensive coordinators up at night on his way to compiling 45 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns in helping Oregon to a successful season that was capped with its Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. But Thomas was also potent rusher too. He carried the football 92 times for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. His diverse skill set was frequently displayed and undoubtedly critical to the success of the potent Oregon attack.
So why does this matter for the Eagles? Well, because the Eagles have an explosive and dynamic player on their roster that just may be able to reprise the role of Thomas at the professional level. Enter DeSean Jackson.
Jackson, who was on his way to enjoying perhaps his best statistically efficient season with the Eagles in 2012, saw his season cut short due to injury. But Jackson was clearly refocused in 2012 and now is Kelly set to make the 26-year-old one of the focal points of his offense.
So just how will Kelly get Jackson involved?
“Misdirections, man. Motion me around, keeping the defenses off-guard,” he said. “Talking on the phone with him, he’s very excited to get his hands on me.”
Jackson evens says that he’s spoken to Thomas about playing for Kelly.
“I think his offenses are very dynamic. De’Anthony Thomas, ‘Black Mamba,’ he’s actually like a little brother,” he said. “He’s been kind of telling me some things about how I should be excited, moving me around throughout the offense, get the ball in my hands . . . I’m very excited, and I’m ready for it.”
While Jackson isn’t likely to be carry the football like Thomas did at Oregon, it certainly appears that the former Cal product won’t be lobbying for more touches this season. Just a hunch.