2 Eagles records that will be broken in Philadelphia’s final two games

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DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
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DeVonta Smith will break DeSean Jackson’s record for receiving yards by an Eagles rookie.

Is DeSean Jackson a future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee? You can most certainly make that argument. Never has the NFL seen a better deep threat, and the numbers prove that. He’s the NFL’s record holder for career touchdowns of 60 or more yards with 26. There’s never been a man to score more career touchdowns of 80 or more yards (he has five of those).

When DeSean Jackson was erroneously dismissed by Chip Kelly, he left a void that the Birds have never been able to fill. Guys like Jeremy Maclin, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor have had their moments, but none of those guys have been D-Jax.

Recently, the Eagles have swung and missed on everyone from Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins to JJ Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, and Jalen Reagor. Hope came in 2021 via the selection of DeVonta Smith with the most recent draft’s tenth-overall selection. Philadelphia hit a home run with that one, and he’d done nothing but impress.

Heading into Week 17, he’s the team leader in targets (94), receptions (58), and receiving yards (821). 91 receiving yards will move him ahead of the legend, Jackson, and give the man formerly known as the ‘Slim Reaper’ the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. DeSean has held that record since he burst on the scene with 912 receiving yards in 2008.