Should DeSean Jackson Continue As The Team’s Punt Returner?Eagles, News, Special Teams, Wide Receivers Friday, August 27th, 2010
Some fans are rationalizing that Jackson should step away from his punt returning duties in the same way that former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook stopped returning punts when his ball carrying responsibilities increased.
Being a running back and being a wide receiver are completely different jobs with different demands. You get hit a lot when carrying the ball 20 plus times a game, but having 10 passes thrown your way is a much smaller work load. Jackson will get hit much less as a wide out as compared to what Westbrook was dealing with as the number one ball carrier.
I think it makes sense to have Jackson continue to return punts because he’s the best punt returner in the game and it makes the Eagles a much better team with him back there. Secondly, he’s quick enough to avoid killer hits. I don’t think the injury threat is as great as many think because he’ll be operating in space, which will give him the opportunity to run away from those big hits.
Eagles special teams coach Bobby April was asked why he thought it made sense to have Jackson back there returning punts.
“Anytime a Philadelphia Eagle has the ball in his hand, he’s trying to score,” April said. “You would like the best players to have the ball in their hands because that gives you the greatest probability of scoring. That’s one good reason you would like to have a really good player with the ball in his hands.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s snapped, passed or kicked. It’s a play. Once the action is going, we’re trying to get to their goal. The best way to get to the goal is to have the best guys.”
Do you think Jackson should continue as the punt returner?
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