10 DeSean Jackson stats that will blow your mind

10 DeSean Jackson stats that will blow your mind

DeSean Jackson is a human stat machine. That’s the best thing about having him back.

OK, maybe not the best thing. But it’s up there!

So here we go with 10 DeSean Jackson stats that will blow your mind from opening day, when he had TD catches of 51 and 53 yards from Carson Wentz and finished 8-for-154 in the Eagles’ 32-27 win over the Redskins.

We missed you, D-Jack!  And we missed your stats!

Half a century

Jackson became the first Eagle with two 50-yard TDs in the same game in 52 years, since Ben Hawkins had touchdowns of 63 and 69 yards from Norm Snead in a tie with the Redskins in 1967 at D.C. Stadium. Last NFL player with two 50-yard TDs in the same game was Odell Beckham for the Giants against the Ravens in 2016.

Going back to Don Maynard

At 32 years old, DeSean became the third-oldest player in NFL history with two 50-yard TD catches in a game and the oldest since 34-year-old Don Maynard of the Jets had 54- and 57-yarders – both in the second quarter – from Joe Namath in a win over the Oilers at Shea Stadium in 1969. The only other older player with two 50-yarders in a game is Jim Doran of the Cowboys, who was 33 when he had two from Eddie LeBaron in a loss to the Steelers at the Cotton Bowl on opening day 1960.

Chasing Pete Retzlaff

The 100-yard game was Jackson’s 21st as an Eagle. Only Pete Retzlaff, with 23, has had more in Eagles history. Jackson is tied with Mike Quick, with Harold Carmichael (20), Tommy McDonald (17) next on the list. And he missed five seasons! 

Watch out, Jerry Rice

Jackson’s two long TDs were the 30th and 31st of his career of over 50 yards. Only Jerry Rice (36) has more in NFL history. Randy Moss had 29, and Lance Alworth and Terrell Owens had 27. 

Big play specialist

Since he entered the NFL in 2008, Jackson has 42 catches of at least 50 yards. That’s 16 more than anybody else. Mike Wallace, briefly an Eagle last year, is second with 26.

Mr. Opening Day

Jackson’s 100-yard game Sunday was the sixth of his career on opening day, tying Hall of Famer Michael Irvin for the most in NFL history. Six others have had five: Andre Johnson, Maynard, Herman Moore, Randy Moss, Steve Smith and former Eagle Jimmy Smith. 

We've seen this before

With his performance Sunday a year after he had 146 yards against the Saints for Tampa in the 2018 opener, Jackson became the fifth player in NFL history and the first in more than 30 years with 140 or more receiving yards in consecutive openers. The others are Art Powell of the New York Titans and Raiders (1962-63), Homer Jones of the Giants (1966-67), Ahmad Rashad of the Vikings (1979-80) and Louis Lipps of the Steelers (1984-85).

Lost in the shuffle

This kind of got lost in the shuffle, but Jackson’s eight catches matched the third-most of his career and his most in six years. He had 10 in a loss to the Vikings in 2013 – that’s the game where he got into a shouting match on the sideline with receivers coach Bob Bicknell – and he had nine earlier that season against the Chargers.

Moving on up

Jackson’s eight catches gives him 364 in an Eagles uniform and moves him past Mike Quick (363) and into seventh place in franchise history. Next on the list is Keith Byars, who had 371. Quick and Byars were both at the game Sunday. Jackson is seven behind Pete Pihos, so 10 more catches moves him into sixth place in franchise history, despite being elsewhere for five years. The only others ahead of him are Harold Carmichael (589), Pete Retzlaff (452), Zach Ertz (437), Brian Westbrook (426) and Brent Celek (398).

Remember that guy?

The last player with two 50-yard touchdowns against the Redskins in the same game was … DeSean Jackson, who did it on Oct. 26, 2009, in the Eagles’ 27-17 win at FedEx Field. In that game, D-Jack had a 67-yard run two minutes into the first quarter and then caught a 57-yard TD pass from Donovan McNabb in the third quarter. In all, DeSean has three career games with two 50-yard TDs, one shy of the NFL record shared by Devin Hester, Don Hutson and Bobby Mitchell.

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Eagles injury update: Jason Peters had knee scoped, but ready to return to practice

Eagles injury update: Jason Peters had knee scoped, but ready to return to practice

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Wednesday morning that left tackle Jason Peters had arthroscopic surgery — a knee scope — during his three-week absence, but Peters will return to practice today. 

Peters, 37, missed the last three starts before the bye week with a knee injury. During that time, rookie Andre Dillard has filled in. 

“He’ll practice today and we’ll see where he’s at at the end of the week,” Pederson said. “He had that done to take care of that.” 

Whenever Peters is ready to return to game action, which could be this weekend against the Patriots, he will take back his starting gig. In six starts this season, Peters has played the entire game just twice. 

Here were a few other injury notes from Pederson on Wednesday: 

• Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is “day to day,” according to Pederson. Before the bye week, Jeffery left the game against the Bears early. He was not practicing on Wednesday. 

“It (the bye week) helped him,” Pederson said. “He’s still sore. A lot of guys are still sore. But it helped him and we’ll see. He’s kind of day to day.”

• Wednesday was the first time we’ve talked to Pederson since DeSean Jackson had core muscle surgery and went on IR. Pederson said the initial decision to avoid surgery was Jackson’s, as was the decision to have it at this time.  

Since the first question on Wednesday was about Jackson, Pederson’s took his time with a complete statement: 

In DeSean’s case, listen, there has been a lot of discussion with DeSean from the moment he came out of the Falcons came to the decision to play in the Bears game to surgery. And we talk a lot with the player, we talk a lot with our medical staff. We even talk to external sources, third-party people who have expertise in this area. I’m not the doctor, nor did I look at MRIs or X-rays or any of that. And DeSean, listen, DeSean busted his tail electively to try to get it fixed himself, to get it rehabbed and come back. He busted his tail, he was cleared to play, he felt good. And for me, as the coach, I listen to the player, I listed to what his body is telling him.

Everything was a go. And then he felt something in the game, pulled him out as I said after the game for precautionary reasons, we had it checked again and then we went down the road of surgery. Which, again, communication with him, the player again, it’s elective by the player. We support this decision, we support DeSean. He wants to be out there with his teammates. It’s unfortunate that this happened, but it did. Injuries are a part of this game and reoccurrence of injuries are a part of this game. With that being said, that’s where we’re at.

• Nigel Bradham (ankle) is improving but isn’t quite ready to practice, according to Pederson. He’ll likely be running on a side field. 

“He is feeling better,” Pederson said. “Optimistic that there’s a chance for this game. 

It is worth noting, though, that recently when Pederson expresses optimism but the player doesn’t practice, that player doesn’t play. We’ll have to see if Bradham practices at all this week. If he doesn’t, it’s more likely he’ll be back after this week. 

• Cre’Von LeBlanc (foot) is still on Injured Reserve and isn’t ready to practice yet. Pederson said LeBlanc is “still working.” 

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10 reasons to be optimistic about the Eagles

10 reasons to be optimistic about the Eagles

There’s a lot of negativity surrounding the Eagles right now, and some of it is understandable considering how disappointing the wide receivers have been, how badly the Eagles were blown out by the Vikings and Cowboys and how high expectations were coming into the season.

Still, despite it all, the Eagles are 5-4, tied for first in the NFC East, winners of four of their last six games, and they have a 62 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.

Sometimes we all have to be reminded that maybe things aren’t quite as bad as they seem.

There’s two ways to do that: 1) Stay off Twitter for a while, and 2) Read this list of 10 reasons for Eagles fans to be optimistic going into the final seven games of the season.

1. DOUG: He has his quirks, but the bottom line is Doug Pederson is 38-24 as an NFL head coach, and that .613 winning percentage is 4th-highest among the 32 active NFL head coaches. The Eagles have the 8th-best record in the NFL since Pederson took over as head coach in 2016. Bottom line is the Eagles are in good hands. Pederson knows how to get the most out of his players, and he knows how to win.

2. CARSON: It’s mindblowing that there are still fans out there blabbering about Nick Foles. Dude’s a folk hero around here but it’s time to move on. It’s impossible to argue with the job Wentz has done this year with minimal contributions from his wide receivers. How do you have 15 TDs and 4 INTs without any wide receivers consistently contributing? Over the last three years, Wentz has started 33 games and had two bad ones – Saints last year, Falcons this year. In his 31 other games, he’s got 68 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s 21-12 since opening day 2017, the 7th-best winning percentage among NFL. As long as he’s the Eagles’ quarterback, they have a chance to win every game.

3. THE LINC: The Eagles have the second-best home record in the NFL since 2016 at 23-7 for a .767 winning percentage. Of those 30 games, there’s only been one the Eagles lost by more than a touchdown – that was a 14-point loss to the Packers in 2016, and even that was a four-point game in the fourth quarter. The Eagles are in every game at the Linc, where they play four of their next six games.

4. FLETCHER: One of the most encouraging developments of the past couple weeks has been Fletcher Cox really returning to form. Cox is finally healthy after that foot injury he suffered in the playoff loss to the Saints, and having their one-man wrecking crew back at full strength is going to be huge down the stretch.

5. THE CORNERBACKS: Not that long ago the Eagles were running Craig James, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and Orlando Scandrick out there. Now Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby and Avonte Maddox are all back, and Cre’Von LeBlanc will be back soon.  That’s a monumental upgrade.

6. JORDAN MATTHEWS: He became their best wide receiver when he walked through the front door of the NovaCare Complex. Hey, I don’t know how much Matthews will help, but he’s a solid pro, he’s got great chemistry with Wentz, and he knows the offense. He instantly makes this a better wide receiving crew.

7. THE RUNNING GAME: Over the past seven weeks, the Eagles are averaging 140 rushing yards per game, 6th-best in the league. The Miles Sanders-Jordan Howard tandem behind this massive o-line has proven to be formidable. It’s not the offense the Eagles planned on, but their running game has developed into one of the league’s best.

8. PASS PRESSURE: After recording an NFL-low three sacks the first four games of the season, the Eagles have 22 in their last five games, second-most in the NFL. Brandon Graham has come to life, Derek Barnett is showing flashes and Cox has been his old dominating self. The Eagles are 20-7 under Pederson when they get three or more sacks. They’re 18-17 when they don’t.

9. THE COWBOYS: The Eagles’ only competition in the division is a team that lost to the Jets. That’s not only embarrassing, it’s huge for tiebreaker purposes. The Eagles have wins over the Packers and Jets, and the Cowboys lost to both. If the Eagles and Cowboys split the season series and both finish with 4-2 division records, the team with a better record in common opponents wins the division. If the Eagles take care of business, that will be them.

10. THE SCHEDULE: Which leads us to the schedule. Even if the Eagles lose to the Patriots and Seahawks, as long as they beat the Cowboys at home they’ll reach 10-6 by beating the 2-8 Giants twice and the 1-8 Redskins and 2-7 Dolphins. In that case, the only way the Eagles lose the division is if the Cowboys go 6-1 in all their other games. That is not going to happen.

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