DeSean Jackson has had a seesaw-like career with the Eagles – lots of ups and downs. DeSean surprised the league in 2008 as a rookie by catching 62 passes for 912 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Despite his small frame, he was a headache for defenses. Jackson’s 2009 season was magnificent, catching 62 passes for 1,156 yards and nine touchdowns. DeSean’s big play abilities led him to his first Pro Bowl selection. After an okay 2010 season, Jackson regressed in 2011. His contract became an issue and he let it affect his play on the field. Everyone thought DeSean would have a career year in 2012 after receiving his $50 million contract. Instead, the team struggled to move the ball and a rib injury caused Jackson to miss the final third of the season.
Jackson didn’t have a career year in 2012. But I promise that he will have his best season as a pro in 2013 under new head coach Chip Kelly.
Chip Kelly’s read-option will force defenses to bring at least one safety in the box. The result? Jackson will have more opportunities to beat defensive backs deep. DeSean is in spectacular shape. He’s had a fantastic training camp. His quarterback, Mike Vick, has the arm strength to allow Jackson to run by defenders to get under the ball. Jackson will also have opportunities on quick screens. Chip Kelly revealed some of his ideas when defenses put 8-9 players in the box. DeSean will have unique opportunities to beat defenses. Chip Kelly will find ways to get him the ball.
DeSean will also be advantageous because of the uptempo. Jackson’s durability and speed will allow him to flourish while defenders are fatigued as the offense gets the uptempo rolling.
DeSean Jackson will have a brilliant 2013 season. He’s in an offense that will allow him to shine. He’s under the radar.
The scariest thing for defenses? They may be so preoccupied with handling Chip Kelly’s exotic, diverse offense that they forget about the threat DeSean Jackson poses to a defense.