Unless DeSean Jackson can throw to himself, RG3 is who the Philadelphia Eagles should worry about.
If I had a dollar for every time I wrote DeSean Jackson in 2014…
As if his release from the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t enough, Jackson decided to create a new storyline by joining the Washington Redskins. The 27-year old wide receiver signed a $24-million contract that will keep him draped in burgundy and gold for the next three years.
So the Eagles cut their best receiver just to see him sign with a division rival some days later. Still, there is no reason to hit the panic button.
A wide receiver is as good as his quarterback allows him (or helps him) to be. He can get open play after play and draw double teams, but without the ball in his hands, he can do little damage.
The quarterback position is by far the most important in football. That’s why Robert Griffin III should be treated as a bigger threat by the Eagles.
RG3 had a spectacular rookie season in 2012, taking the Redskins from the last place in the NFC East to the first. Unfortunately for him, the ACL injury he suffered in January 2013 kept him from performing at the same level last season. Washington finished dead last in NFC and head coach Mike Shanahan was fired.
With a full offseason under his belt, RG3 is looking to bounce back. Being 100% healthy will allow him to focus on the game. However, health is not the only issue.
Jay Gruden is now at the Redskins’ helm. New head coach means new playbook, different philosophy and maybe different practice routine too. How that will work for RG3, it remains to be seen.
Reclaiming the NFC East won’t be easy for the Redskins. They have holes in their defense and the Eagles looked by far the best team of the division in the second half of the 2013 NFL season.
Building a winning team is an equation with many factors. DeSean Jackson is just one of these factors for the D.C. franchise.
He definitely gives RG3 an option he didn’t have. His absence takes away some of the explosiveness of the Eagles offense, too. But there are 21 other players on the field, more if you add special teams and rotational. All of them affect the outcome of the game, too.
Why would the Eagles worry about a single player, more importantly the one they know better than anybody else?