DeSean JacksonPHI -WRJackson looking for a raise
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is looking for a raise this offseason. He's coming off a career year that saw him rack up 82 catches, 1,332 yards and 9 TDs -- all matching or setting new personal bests. Of course, HC Chip Kelly's innovative offense was a big reason for Jackson's big year. Plus, he's set to make $10.25 million in 2014. His average annual salary of $9.7 million is 8th-most among all WRs. Jackson is fairly paid and is unlikely to get a new deal from Philly's front-office. We'll see if this turns into any sort of holdout.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRJackson active
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is active for today's game against the Raiders. He was limited in practice this week, but there's been no indication that the ankle will be an issue today. D-Jax is a strong fantasy play vs. a burnable secondary.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRJackson tweaks ankle
CSN Philly reports that Eagles WR DeSean Jackson suffered a minor ankle injury in practice on Wednesday. The team listed him as a limited participant and doesn't expect it to affect his status for Sunday's visit to Oakland. Check out our Week 9 WR rankings to see whether you should start Jackson against the Raiders.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WR30% of targets going to D-Jax?
Eagles QB Michael Vick told CBS' Jason La Canfora that WR DeSean Jackson could see 30% or more of the targets this season. That's a lofty percentage. Only 3 WRs league-wide saw 30% or more of their team's targets last year (Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne and A.J. Green). D-Jax saw about 20% of Philly's targets when he was on the field. As an undersized, downfield receiver, he doesn't project as a target monster. We doubt he'll reach 30%, but he should climb above last year's mark. The Eagles are woefully thin at WR after losing Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn for the season. Jackson is certainly capable of surpassing his career high of 121 targets. That should help his game-to-game consistency. D-Jax is a strong WR3 for your fantasy squad.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRJackson having a good camp
WR DeSean Jackson has had the "strongest camp of any Eagles player," according to insider Jeff McLane. "He catches pretty much everything thrown in his direction and there hasn’t been a defensive back – Eagle or Patriot -- that’s been able to run with him," McLane adds. Jackson hauled in a 50-yard TD in Tuesday's scrimmage against New England. With Philly's WRs dropping like flies, D-Jax should see plenty of targets this year. That should help him gain some week-to-week consistency. We'd still feel more comfortable with Jackson as a WR3, but he's capable of WR2 production for your fantasy squad.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRD-Jax to return punts
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson told reporters Saturday that he's #1 on the team's punt-return depth chart. He expects to fill that role much more in 2013 after logging just 1 return last season. Jackson led the league with 50 returns as a rookie in 2008, but that total has decreased every year since. He has proved dynamic in that role, though, averaging 10.5 yards per return for his career. We'll be curious to see how often HC Chip Kelly puts him back there and subjects his #1 WR to further injury risk. Jeremy Maclin's ACL tear removed a return candidate, but WR Damaris Johnson led the team in returns last year and performed well in that role. Jackson tallied 4 punt-return TDs over his 1st 3 seasons, but that's not enough to pump up his fantasy value outside of leagues that count return yardage. Durability, on the other hand, stands as the biggest risk to drafting Jackson for your fantasy football team.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRD-Jax working to get comfortable in offense
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson was demoted to the 2nd and 3rd-team offenses early in OTAs because he wasn't comfortable at all the positions in new HC Chip Kelly's offense. “At the beginning of the process I didn’t know the full offense and I
didn’t know every play, so that probably had to do with why I was moved
to different teams and things like that," Jackson said. "Now I am all-in on the offense
and I’m very familiar with the whole system." All of Philly's offensive guys are facing a steep learning curve this offseason. The players who get comfortable in Kelly's offense quickest will be the best bets for fantasy production. It'll be something to monitor closely this summer.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRlooking at RB snaps
The Delaware County Times reports that Eagles WR DeSean Jackson could see some RB duties in read-option situations this season. That notion comes as no surprise. Since HC Chip Kelly arrived, Jackson has been compared to Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, a WR-RB hybrid. Jackson likely won't see anywhere near the rushing work that Thomas did under Kelly, who gave him 92 carries last year and 55 as a freshman. But Jackson's rushing upside will certainly factor into his value to your fantasy team this season -- and to the preseason projection we're set to unveil soon.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRplaying for his contract this year
Eagles insider Tim McManus points out that WR DeSean Jackson is essentially entering a contract year. He still has 4 years left on his current deal. But there's no guaranteed money after 2013. That makes the final 3 seasons of the contract "option" years for the team. And with D-Jax due $10.25 million in 2014, he'll need to have a big campaign to see the next year of that deal. That added motivation can't hurt. We're already excited about Jackson's 2013 fantasy prospects in HC Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRwill move around formation
The Eagles have spent the past week starting to learn new HC Chip Kelly's offense. WR DeSean Jackson already knows that he'll be expected to play a variety of positions this year. "They've done a good job letting me know they want me to learn more than 1 position," D-Jax said. "Just being able to move around the offense. Z, X, the A receiver, the Y. Whatever it is... I think they're gonna move me around." Jackson will be one of the more intriguing guys to monitor this offseason. His speed and versatility makes him a perfect fit in Kelly's offense. Durability will continue to be an issue, but Jackson will carry plenty of upside in 2013 fantasy drafts.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRcould be busy in Kelly's offense
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is pumped about new HC Chip Kelly's offense. And for good reason. Kelly reportedly told D-Jax that he'll be used like DeAnthony Thomas was at Oregon. Thomas is listed as a RB, but he was used all over the field in 2012. He racked up 701 rushing yards, 445 receiving yards, and 16 total TDs. Thomas and Jackson are similarly sized and are both lightning-quick with plenty of long speed. It's an intriguing story for Jackson's 2013 fantasy outlook. Percy Harvin has shown us how valuable a WR who receives a few carries per game can be. We wonder about Jackson's ability to stay healthy with so many touches though. He's missed 9 games and parts of others over the past 4 seasons. Kelly's offense will be one of the most intriguing storylines of the offseason. All of Philly's skill-position players will carry plenty of upside in 2013.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRout for season with broken ribs
Eagles HC Andy Reid revealed that WR DeSean Jackson fractured his ribs during Monday night's loss to the Panthers. D-Jax will be placed on IR, ending his 2012 campaign. It might be a blessing in disguise for fantasy owners. Jackson wasn't helping much anyways, topping 62 yards just once in his last 5 games. Philly might be ready to give rookie WR Damaris Johnson a shot to replace Jackson on the outside. He's averaged 15.8 yards per catch in limited action this season. WRs Jason Avant and Riley Cooper will also help pick up the slack. But none of these guys will be immediate fantasy starters in Philly's fledgling passing game. WR Jeremy Maclin will dominate targets the rest of the way.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRout with sternum injury
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson left in the 1st half of Monday night's game with a sternum injury. X-rays came back negative, but D-Jax is considered doubtful to return. That suggests a relatively significant injury. We'll be listening for an update in HC Andy Reid's post-game press conference.
Update: Reid's only update was that Jackson will undergo an MRI tomorrow.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRleaves with leg injury
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons with a leg injury. He limped off to the locker room with a couple trainers and then was seen jogging on the sidelines. It doesn't look serious, but we'll update his status when we learn more.
Update: D-Jax returned to the game after getting x-rays on his ankle, which obviously came back negative.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRhas hamstring injury
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson reportedly injured his hamstring in Wednesday's practice. He was held out on Thursday and should now be considered iffy for Week 2. We'll see if he can get back on the field tomorrow. With WR Jeremy Maclin's status also in question, WR Jason Avant is shaping up as a sneaky fantasy option against the Ravens this weekend.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRimpacted by contract issue last year
Eagles WR coach David Culley could tell that DeSean Jackson's mind was on his contract situation throughout last season. "He tried not to let it affect him," Culley said. "Sometimes he didn't do a very good job of that. It affected him in meetings. It affected him on the field. There were days when it didn't. But it made him inconsistent." Culley also thinks D-Jax was afraid to go over the middle because of the money issue, but that's always been a problem for him. With a new 5-year, $47 million deal in hand, we're expecting Jackson to be more focused and more productive in 2012. He's still a one-dimensional receiver, though, and will be an inconsistent week-to-week fantasy option.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRgets 5-year deal
The Eagles and WR DeSean Jackson have agreed to a new 5-year, $51 million deal. It includes $15 million guaranteed. D-Jax was reportedly willing to play out the 2012 season under the franchise tag, but Philly wanted to lock-up one of its core offensive pieces. Jackson struggled in 2011 but racked up 2,223 yards and 15 TDs over the previous 2 years. His dynasty value is stabilized with the new contract.
DeSean JacksonPHI -WRgets the franchise tag
The Eagles have placed their franchise tag on WR DeSean Jackson. The deal will pay him around $9.5 million in 2012. Of course, Philly is still free to negotiate a long-term deal with D-Jax, or trade him elsewhere. But GM Howie Roseman made it pretty clear that the organization wants to keep Jackson around. "We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that," Roseman said. "We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him." We fully expect D-Jax to remain in Philly through the 2012 season, although he may need to exhibit better behavior in order to get that long-term contract.
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