When looking for a big threat wide receiver in your fantasy draft, be very careful with Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Sure Jackson always poses the homerun threat, but there are many downsides I see to taking Jackson in the earlier rounds of the draft.
The Eagles have already lost two wide receivers who they were hoping would contribute greatly in the passing game. Jeremy Maclin, who led the Eagles in all major receiving categories (YDS, TD, Catches), was lost for the year on July 27th after tearing his right ACL, the same ACL he tore while in college at Missouri. Maclin could have been a steal in this year’s draft as he was entering the last year of his rookie contract and hoping to play well enough to strike a big deal at season’s end.
Philadelphia also lost former 2010 second round draft pick Arrelious Benn for the season when he also tore his ACL. The Eagles brought in Benn this offseason in an attempt to stabilize the 3rd wide receiver position on the team.
DeSean Jackson is now one of the only receivers on the roster with NFL experience. The others: veteran slot receiver, Jason Avant, and Riley Cooper. With the off field issues surrounding Cooper, there is no guarantee he will still be on the roster come September.
What does all this mean for Jackson?
Game in and game out, DeSean Jackson will be lining up with opposing teams number one corner, and possibly even seeing double teams in obvious passing downs. Jackson’s numbers have taken a significant fall over the past two seasons after breaking out in 2010. In fact, Jackson had just two touchdowns last year.
At the moment, DeSean Jackson is listed at the top of the Eagles depth chart at punt returner. Returning punts and increases chance for injury, not to mention the Eagles will need to stop opposing offenses first before they can force a punt. After last season’s disaster in the secondary, it is hard to predict what the defense will look like this year under new defensive coordinator, Billy Davis.
Finally, if we learned anything from the Eagles quarterback situation last year, it is that the position is a revolving door week in and week out. If that turns out to be the case again this year with Michael Vick and Nick Foles, Jackson will not be able to maintain chemistry with one quarterback.
I see this as being a challenging year for DeSean Jackson. That said, if he is on the board after seven rounds or so and you already have a solidified wide out, he can fill the role of second string wide receiver on your roster. He did not drop a pass last year, and if he can find space on the field, could put up respectable numbers this season.
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