In three seasons with the Redskins, DeSean Jackson twice went over 1,000 yards receiving and averaged a devastating 18.8 yards per reception.
The stats back up what they eye test has long known: Jackson is arguably the best deep threat in the NFL and has been for a long time.
His speed forces defensive coordinators to alter their game plans, and in turn, helped Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins find so much success elsewhere on the field with Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garçon. Now, with the legal tampering period open and free agency coming Thursday afternoon, it seems Jackson could be taking his services to Florida.
During Jackson's six years in Philadelphia, the Eagles finished inside the Top 10 in NFL scoring five times. In Washington, the Redskins ranked 3rd in the NFL in yards gained last season.
Warren Sharp broke down specifically what Jackson does so well.
Like Kirk Cousins, Jameis Winston struggles big going deep right (much better deep left). This is where DeSean Jackson would be huge for TB pic.twitter.com/83V6qSGoEb— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 7, 2017
Eliminating 3rd/4th and long chucks, Jameis posted a 102 RTG and 11.5 YPA deep left.— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 7, 2017
But deep right: just a 72 RTG and 8.4 YPA.
Particularly on early downs, Jameis struggled on deep passes. But DeSean ranked #2 in the NFL last year on early down deep receiving. pic.twitter.com/FOCsX4ehTx— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 7, 2017
Perhaps the best example of Jackson's impact on a quarterback comes in the case of Nick Foles. Largely an inaccurate passer with a penchant for interceptions across 36 career starts, Foles found lightning in a bottle for one season. That year, with the Eagles in 2013, Foles threw 27 TDs to just two interceptions, completing 64 percent of his passes and throwing for almost 2,900 yards in just 10 starts.
That 2013 season also happened to be the best of Jackson's career. He caught 82 passes for more than 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. Coincidence? Don't think so.
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