Enter DeSean Jackson….
The 49th overall pick in the 2008 draft was one of the most exciting and talented players in the nation during his collegiate career. Not only was he the California Bears’ leading receiver his first two seasons, but he led the nation in punt return average and touchdowns as a sophomore.
Tallying over 1,000 yards receiving and 13 total touchdowns (9 receiving and 4 on returns), this dynamic playmaker had many around the country mentioning him in the Heisman race going into his junior campaign. Nagging injuries and sub par quarterback play dashed those hopes as his production fell, but they did not keep this talent from falling far in the NFL Draft.
He is an Eagle now and could not be in a better situation. This team has not had anyone this explosive at wide receiver since, well, you know whom. Listed anywhere between 5'10" and 6'0" and around 185 lbs, Jackson will have a hard time ever being a #1 receiver in the NFL. He is however going to immediately compete with Eagle veterans Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, and Greg Lewis for the No. 3 spot.
His size and speed make him perfect for the slot position that seems to get so many balls thrown its way in today's offenses, a la Wes Welker of New England. He will have no problem beating out newcomer Lorenzo Booker for the punt and kick return jobs and will bring some of those electrifying plays from his college days in the Pac-10 to Philly’s special teams unit.
After DeSean's first two preseason games as a pro, he is the team's leading receiver with 12 receptions for 122 yards, giving Coach Andy Reid a glimpse of why they drafted the Long Beach, CA native. He is going to see the ball a lot this year, whether it be on kick returns, as a receiver or a runner. Look for him to have a solid first year if he can stay healthy and end up being one of the top five offensive rookies in the league.
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