DeSean Jackson was the reason for a lot of hype this offseason after a lackluster, injury riddled 2019 campaign.
However, the injury bug has struck Jackson and fans have once again been robbed of the DeSean Jackson comeback tour we all expected.
Jackson, who had his 21 day practice window activated earlier in the week, is set to return to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. DeSean has done his fair share of damage against the Cowboys in his career; he has 57 catches for 1147 career receiving yards, his most yards against any team in the NFL.
The Eagles are clinging to their playoff hopes and need a win to stay alive in the NFC East race. Jackson could provide a boost to the receiving corps if he can stay on the field consistently during this NFC East showdown.
Jackson also should have a little bit of chemistry with newly anointed starting QB, Jalen Hurts. The two players worked out together in Tampa this offseason, according to Jalen Hurts and DeSean Jackson’s Instagram stories.
With Jackson back in the lineup, Hurts now has all the Eagles weapons at his disposal. He should have no issue attacking the Cowboys defense at all levels of the field. It remains to be seen just how many snaps Jackson will receive or if he’ll be on a pitch count so to speak. Hurts also seems to have a connection with Quez Watkins, the rookie WR taken late in the draft. Watkins, who took a Hurts screen pass to the house last week, could see reduced snaps with Jackson back in the fold.
Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Travis Fulgham and Alshon Jeffery should all see more space in the middle of the field with Jackson back. Now that Reagor and Jackson are both going to get snaps then Dallas has no choice but to respect the deep ball. Miles Sanders should also see some benefits from having DeSean back in the lineup. Dallas won’t be able to stack the box as much if they have to respect DeSean’s speed which could lead to favorable matchups for Miles.