DeSean Jackson Will Be Used Like DeAnthony ThomasBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Friday, February 1st, 2013
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a conversation with new head coach Chip Kelly and he came out of the conversation excited about how he’s going to be utilized in the 2013 season. Jackson told some reporters in New Orleans earlier today that Kelly gave him a clear idea about how he will use him.
“He was passing on information to me, like I’m going to be pumped up and psyched to be in that offense. It just keeps defenses off guard any time you go in motion, fake play-action, go down the field. There’s just so many things you can do.”
Jackson continued with his excitement in playing for the creative offensive wizard Kelly.
“Talking to Chip Kelly, he actually said, ‘I was on the opposite side, watching you score touchdowns,’” Jackson said. “So now, it’s actually a good situation because I am very familiar with the play style, his offensive style, and I think in the NFL, he’s going to have defensive coordinators going crazy. I’m just excited, and hopefully he’s able to come in here and just throw that twist to it.”
Thomas is a smallish speedster just like Jackson. They’re both in the 5’9″, 5’1-” range and weigh about 170 pounds on a good day, but you don’t want to get in a foot race with either one of them.
Kelly had Thomas running the ball, catching the ball and playing different positions at Oregon. You can expect to see Jackson running the ball as a running back, being handed the ball on reverses, lining-up in the slot and being split out as a wide receiver.
I’m concerned about whether Jackson can stay healthy if Kelly has him running with the football on the NFL level. I remember Jackson suffering a concussion after he was hit in the shoulder by Washington Redskin middle linebacker London Fletcher. He didn’t even hit him in the head, he hit him in the shoulder and Jackson was sidelined for a week.
It’s going to be tough for Kelly’s offense to live up to all this build up. Everybody will be anticipating seeing his quick strike attack putting points on the board like they did in college.
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