When the Philadelphia Eagles cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson the reactions were strong and mixed. It appeared the Eagles may have made a big mistake. And with his deep-threat potential those who thought it was a mistake had good reason to feel that way.
Jackson’s role was primarily a down-field, deep threat. In 2013 he 905 receiving yards on passes thrown for more than 11 yards or more. That accounted for 38% of Philadelphia’s production in that area.
But what a lot of people missed is that Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin‘s performance in 2012. He had 47 deep receptions to Jackson’s 42. Maclin had 540 yards to Jackson’s 449. Maclin had five touchdowns, Jackson scored 2.
Maclin, according to Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is “full go” for the upcoming season. With the addition of Eagles rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews and veteran wide receiver Riley Cooper there are plenty of options for quarterback Nick Foles.
And not to mention free agent addition running back Darren Sproles. He and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy are “running backs” but both have proven they are able to catch and run. So it doesn’t look like Jackson will be missed.