With two games left in the 2020 season, DeSean Jackson is going to try to get back on the field.
The Eagles on Monday afternoon activated the 21-day practice window for the 34-year old receiver, which gives him some hope of returning to play for the Eagles one last time.
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reported that Jackson began running routes last week.
Jackson has been on Injured Reserve with an ankle fracture since Oct. 22 and has missed seven games so far with this injury and 10 total this season. Typically, the Eagles like to get players back at practice for a week before activating him, so there’s a chance he might not be ready to play until Week 17 against Washington or he might not play at all. If Jackson is going to play on Sunday in Dallas, the Eagles will have to add him to the roster by Saturday afternoon.
Since bringing Jackson back before the start of last season, he has really struggled to stay on the field. Since the start of the 2019 season, Jackson has played in a total of just seven games and has just 22 receptions for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns.
It’s a shame too, because Jackson’s reunion with the Eagles started with a bang last year in the opener against Washington, when he caught 8 passes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. Since then, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
Jackson is under contract for next season, but it’s really hard to envision the Eagles bringing him back for 2021. So we might get our final glimpse of an all-time Eagles great in one of these last two games at the end of the 2020 season.
In recent weeks, the Eagles have ramped up Alshon Jeffery’s workload and it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to just start giving Jeffery and Jackson a ton of snaps at the end of this season. The Eagles have a few promising young receivers who deserve playing time.
In addition to the move to activate Jackson, the Eagles on Monday also brought offensive tackle Casey Tucker back to the practice squad. Tucker has never played in the NFL but maybe he’s a little insurance if Matt Pryor continues to really struggle at right tackle.
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