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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 fan Giovanni Hamilton is keeping everyone smiling with new video series

Eagles fan Giovanni Hamilton is keeping everyone smiling with new video series

If you’re avid on Eagles social media, chances are you’ve come across their biggest Eagles fan. That fan is none other than Giovanni Hamilton. 

Giovanni has been stealing hearts of Eagles fans for quite some time with his reaction videos to the team combined with an abundance of positivity, but he has definitely stepped up his game during the offseason. 

Recently, he started a video series breaking down some of his favorite fun facts that are located within the team media guide given out at the start of the season. He was gifted it and wanted to share his new knowledge with the rest of his followers. 

He has already covered some of his favorite players, but don’t fret. If you missed them, they’re below! 

The first video that kicked off his fun series was about his hero, Carson Wentz. There was too much information to pack into a quick post on Twitter, so he had to upload the whole thing to YouTube. What a way to start things off! 

Jalen Mills has always been a favorite for Giovanni. Ever notice how his hair was green in the past? He was inspired by Mills to dye it so he can match the Eagles’ safety. 

Earlier this week, he decided to focus on Zach Ertz in what was probably his most successful video yet. 

Success meaning the tight end himself saw and shared the video with his own message to Giovanni. 

Next, he completed a fun facts video on Jason Kelce. Not only did we learn Kelce’s love for another sport but his passion for Christmas music as well. 

Kelce, if you’re seeing this — make sure to let Giovanni know what your favorite Christmas song is … it’s safe to say we’re all curious about it now. 

Most recently, he went on to talk about the only Dallas that Philadelphia fans like — that’s right, Dallas, Goedert. 

“He just wants to help make this strange time we’re in better for people and hopes to put a smile on their face,” said Shannon, Giovanni’s mom.

The positivity of this series has been doing just that — adding smiles to every Eagles fan who has come across these wonderful videos. 

If you want to stay up to date with Giovanni’s series, you can follow him here

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Eagles plan at safety in 2020 is even cheaper than we first thought

Eagles plan at safety in 2020 is even cheaper than we first thought

We finally have the details on Rodney McLeod’s two-year contract with the Eagles and it’s much less lucrative than we were first led to believe. 

Initially reported as a $12 million deal, McLeod’s two-year deal is worth just $8.65 million, according to a league source. But it also includes $7.8 million in guaranteed money. So you can count on McLeod being with the Eagles through the 2021 season. 

Now that we have full contract details for McLeod, Jalen Mills and Will Parks, we can see that the Eagles are going to have the entire safety position for a very reasonable price in 2020. Will the experiment work? We’ll find out later this year. 

But it is a cost-effective plan. In 2020, all three combine for a cap hit of $7,134,375 million. To put that into perspective, had the Eagles picked up Malcolm Jenkins’ option (if he were willing to play on it), Jenkins would have counted as a $10.887 million cap hit by himself in 2020. 

(By the way, Jenkins this offseason got a four-year deal with the Saints that might turn into a two-year deal.)

According to Spotrac, the Eagles used over $17 million in cap space at safety in 2019, the second-highest total in the league. They will be much lower on that list in 2020. 

Let’s take a look at each individual Eagles deal: 

Rodney McLeod

The Eagles used one of their favorite tricks with the McLeod deal and it’s one they already used earlier this offseason when they signed Javon Hargrave.

Technically, McLeod’s deal is for five years, but the final three years will void automatically (and are included only) for salary cap purposes. The shortest version of this is that the Eagles can spread out the salary cap hit from his $3 million signing bonus over five years instead of two, saving cap space each season. 

McLeod has base salaries of $1.05 million and $3.75 million over the next two seasons. 

Here are McLeod’s cap hits over the next three seasons: 

2020: $1.65 million 
2021: $5.2 million 
2022: $1.8 million 

Remember, in 2022, he won’t be on the team anymore (at least not with this contract) so that money is just left over dead cap money (prorated salary bonus money) the team wanted to push off its books for the next two seasons. 

So in total, McLeod’s two-year deal is worth $8.65 million with $7.8 million guaranteed. But he also has the chance to earn up to $1.7 million in incentives. 

Jalen Mills 

Mills is back with the Eagles in a new hybrid safety/corner position on a one-year deal worth $4 million, but he has the potential to earn another $1 million in incentives. So this could end up being worth a total of $5 million. 

Mills has a base salary of $2 million and got a signing bonus of $2 million, so both count against the cap this year:

2020: $4 million 

His cap hit in 2020 is the highest of the three safeties, but McLeod has a higher one coming in 2021. 

Mills’ deal guaranteed just $2 million and he got that in the form of his signing bonus. His base salary this season isn’t guaranteed, so the Eagles could theoretically cut him to save $2 million but they didn’t sign him to cut him. 

Will Parks 

The newcomer of the group, Parks signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Eagles. He has a $1M fully guaranteed base salary, a $375K signing bonus and $125K in per-game roster bonuses. 

It’s a little tricker to figure out Parks’ salary cap figure for 2020 so stick with me here. For per-game roster bonus money, the cap figure is calculated based on the amount of games Parks played last season, which was 14. So the full $125K would could toward the cap if he played a full season in 2019 — but because he didn’t, we count just $109,375. This doesn’t mean Parks earns any less money; it’s just for cap purposes. 

So we add the base salary, signing bonus money and per-game roster bonus cap hit for a grand total of … 

2020: $1,484,375

It’s a very team-friendly deal for Parks, who is coming off his rookie contract and has some potential. We know McLeod will be with the Eagles in 2021 and it seems like Mills and Parks will get a chance to earn a contract to join him. 

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