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Odds Say DeSean Jackson Surpasses 900 Receiving Yards in 2019 as an Eagle

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DeSean Jackson is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played his first six NFL seasons. Photo by Wigstruck (flickr) [CC License].
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Year Games Targets Receptions Yards Touchdowns
2018 12 74 41 774 4
2017 14 90 50 668 3
2016 15 100 56 1005 4

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.

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)

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