Why did DeSean Jackson spend so much time on the Eagles’ sideline Sunday?
It wasn’t because he was hurt.
Jackson, beginning his 13th NFL season, played sparingly Sunday in Washington even when the Eagles sputtered and struggled on offense in the second half.
There was a lot of speculation that Jackson was hurt again, but he revealed on Twitter Sunday night that wasn’t the case.
"For the record, I wasn't hurt or didn't get hurt. I'm good," Jackson tweeted.
According to ProFootballFocus, Jackson played 37 of the Eagles' 68 offensive snaps, or 54 percent.
In the opener last year against Washington, Jackson played 51 of 74 snaps, or 69 percent.
Jackson, 33, alluded last week to the coaches monitoring his workload to try and keep him healthy.
“I think we’re all on one page, which is to keep me healthy and figure out how we can manage my plays and my reps so I can be playing in December and January,” he said.
But with the offense sputtering — the Eagles averaged only 9 yards on their last 11 possessions — Jackson spent almost as much time on the bench as he spent on the field.
Jackson had a 19-yard catch on the Eagles’ second offensive snap and then just one more catch the rest of the game, a 27-yarder late in the third quarter.
D-Jack actually had the second-most snaps among Eagles wide receivers, behind rookie Jalen Reagor (40). Greg Ward played 30, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside played 28 without a catch and rookie John Hightower played 27 and had one catch for minus-two yards.
Trying to keep Jackson healthy is understandable. But trying to get the offense healthy probably should have taken precedence.