- BetOnline has odds on how DeSean Jackson will fare in his return to the Eagles
- 32-year-old receiver still considered a premier deep threat in the NFL
- What are the best bets for Jackson’s receiving yards, TD totals?
I guess you really can go home again.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 11, 2019
That’s the case for wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was traded to the Eagles, the team that originally drafted him in 2008, and where he enjoyed some of his best seasons as a pro.
It appears to be an ideal fit with the roster of a team that is just one season removed from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
You can just hear the giddyness dripping off Carson Wentz, too.
I’ll just stand here and throw it as far as I can, you go ahead and just RUN…. how’s that sound @DeSeanJackson11 ??? 😎
Welcome back to Philly my man!
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) March 12, 2019
But it’s been a five-year odyssey for Jackson away from the Eagles, including stints with two different franchises. Does the 32-year-old still have what it takes to take the top off a defense?
2019 DeSean Jackson Receiving Props
|Prop||Projection||Over Odds at BetOnline||Under Odds at BetOnline|
|Receiving Yards 2019 Regular Season||900.5||-130||+100|
|Receiving Touchdowns 2019 Regular Season||4.5||-150||+120|
*Odds taken March 12, 2019
DeSean Jackson Receiving Yards
Various ailments (thankfully not serious) have sapped Jackson of some of his raw athleticism, while forcing him to miss games in every season since 2013 – his last in Philly.
But this has been an ongoing trend, as he’s played a full 16-game slate just twice in his entire his career.
🚨🚨 DeSean Jackson Appreciation Thread 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/QLNzERuMlO
— Lee Sifford (@LeeSifford) March 12, 2019
When healthy though, he still delivers. Despite playing in just 12 games, he led the NFL with 18.9 average yards per reception, a feat he’s accomplished four times in his career, including twice in the last three seasons.
If you want to go undefeated in fantasy football this year, apparently, all you need to do is start Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeSean Jackson together in every game you play #Eagles #Buccaneers #Fitzmagic pic.twitter.com/AZvoKC8Sfs
— John Breech (@johnbreech) September 16, 2018
That should fit in nicely with what the Eagles are trying to do, as Alshon Jeffery is their size and physical target, who can win them jump balls, while Zach Ertz is their middle-of-the-field guy.
Ryan Fitzpatrick to DeSean Jackson for the 58-yard TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/IgJtp1Lfq9
— FlurrySports (@FlurrySports) September 9, 2018
He also moves from an unsettling quarterback situation in Tampa. Carson Wentz, assuming he can stay healthy, is a massive upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston.
That alone should allow him to find those seams and run away from the defense. Expect a big year.
The Pick: Over 900.5 yards (-130)
DeSean Jackson Recent Statistics
DeSean Jackson Receiving Touchdowns
This one is immediately a buyer beware, as receiving TDs are by nature a volatile thing to predict.
Jackson’s career best for a season is nine, most recently accomplished in 2013. Since then, he’s hit four in thee of the next four years, with a low of three in 2017.
Ertz, Jeffrey, and Dallas Goedert combined to haul in 18 TDs, while Nelson Agholor (who’s status for next season is still undetermined) finished with four.
If Wentz regains the form that had him an MVP candidate up until his knee was shredded in 2017, Doug Pederson should find a way to get Jackson into one-on-ones, where he has proven it’s almost always a mismatch.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 11, 2016
While he won’t likely recapture his career 2013 year of 82 catches for 1,332 yards and 9 TDs, his final year in Washington (2016) is more in line with what the Eagles should be hoping for.
With a competent Kirk Cousins at the helm, he went for 56 receptions, 1,005 yards and four TDs.
The Pick: Over 4.5 TD’s (-150)