WR DeSean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|5-9, 169||Born: 12-1-1986||College: California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2008|
2018 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 5 / 146 / 2 rec)
Jackson had a big day that started early. He hauled in Fitzpatrick's first pass attempt for a short gain on an out route, then scored two plays later. For his first touchdown, Jackson lined up just off the offensive line, then took off on a fly route down the right side of the field. His defender totally lost him, and Fitzpatrick laid the ball up for an easy score. Jackson flexed a couple of yards off the line of scrimmage and burned his defender right down the middle of the field for a 36 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter on another dime pass from Fitzpatrick. The two hooked up on another deep ball down the right sideline on the Bucs' next drive, with Jackson going down after the catch. He left the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Jackson was a perfect five of five on his targets before leaving the game.
2018 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 129 / 1 rec)
Jackson continued his week 1 tear, picking up more of the big chunk plays that he's known for. In addition to piling up yardage on big plays, Jackson is also being incredibly efficient, catching 4 of 4 targets in week 2 to put his season total at 9 of 9. Jackson split out wide right of a run formation on the first offensive play of the game, easily burning his one defender on a deep ball from Fitzpatrick for a 75 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick found him again down the left sideline in the third quarter for a huge gain. Jackson made a fantastic back shoulder catch on the play.
2018 Week 3 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Jackson finally cooled off after a hot start in the first two weeks. Fitzpatrick targeted him 5 times, and couldn't connect on any big plays as Evans stole the show. Djax didn't secure a catch until early in the 3rd quarter when he hauled in a curl route from the left receiver spot. Jackson caught a 17 yard post route at the end of the 3rd quarter for this biggest gain of the day. Fitzpatrick looked for him in the end zone on a deep ball the very next play, but Djax couldn't get under it. Jackson housed a punt for a touchdown in the 4th quarter, but the play was called back for holding.
2018 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 112 / 0 rec)
Jackson benefited the most from the game script after the Bucs fell behind early in the contest. Jackson was second only to Evans(9) with his 8 targets, and he was the only receiver able to get open for big plays downfield. He hauled in an out route from the slot for a nice gain and a 3rd down conversion in the 1st quarter. Jackson lined up wide left and got all kinds of open on a deep crossing route later in the same drive. Fitzpatrick hit him in stride and Jackson racked up 48 yards with nice run after the catch. Jackson had another huge gain down the left sideline late in the 2nd quarter. Chicago challenged the ruling that he had kept both feet in bounds by securing the catch, but the ruling was upheld. Jackson grabbed another quick slant route late in the 4th quarter from Winston.
2018 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Jackson drew a team-high 9 targets. He didn't catch his first pass until late in the 2nd quarter, securing a big gain up the seam. Winston found him on a deep comeback route up the right sideline for another solid gain in the 4th quarter. Jackson got wide open on a deep crossing route later in the 4th, picking up 21 yards as the Bucs tried to battle back. Jackson had a step on his defender for what would have been a touchdown on the next drive, but Winston overthrew him badly in the end zone. Winston found him once more on the final drive of the game, connecting on a medium crossing route underneath Atlanta's prevent defense. Jackson carried the ball once in the 3rd quarter on an end around run that picked up 7 yards.
2018 Week 7 vs CLE (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 1 rush)
Jackson had a slow week through the air but managed a touchdown on the ground as he showed off his still-blazing speed on an end around for a 14 yard touchdown at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Winston nearly found him for a second touchdown in the back corner of the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but Jackson couldn't secure the well-defended pass as he fell to the ground. Jackson was quiet in the second half until he hauled in a 14 yard reception up the right sideline to set the Bucs up for the game-winning field goal in overtime.
2018 Week 8 vs CIN (8 / 3 / 68 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Jackson picked up the majority of his week 8 yards as he left his defenders in the dust on a 60 yard touchdown late in the 2nd quarter. Winston hit him in stride right down the middle of the field for Tampa Bay's first touchdown of the day. Winston had him open again in the end zone in the 3rd, but overthrew him badly. Jackson nearly had another huge gain down the left sideline once Ryan Fitzpatrick came into the game late in the 3rd, but a defender knocked the ball loose as he fell to the turf. Fitzpatrick did find him for a couple of intermediate completions as the Bucs attempted to catch up in the 4th quarter. Jackson had a short carry on an end-around in the 3rd quarter.
2018 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a slow day as Adam Humphries and Mike Evans dominated targets. He had a step on his defender on a deep corner route that would likely have resulted in a long touchdown in the 3rd quarter, but Fitzpatrick overthrew him. Jackson managed to secure a couple of receptions in the 2nd half after a quiet first half. Jackson drew a holding penalty later in the drive that set the Bucs up in the Carolina red zone. Jackson was the target on Fitzpatrick's second interception late in the 4th quarter. Jackson was tightly covered and Fitzy threw up a jump ball that the defender was able to come down with.
2018 Week 10 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Jackson tied for a team-high 8 targets, but couldn't get any big plays going down field as Fitzpatrick didn't have much time to throw. Djax caught a quick curl route and turned it up the left sideline for a nice gain in the 1st quarter. He was quiet until midway through the 3rd quarter when he caught a deep out route on play action to move the Bucs out of their own end zone. Fitzpatrick found him again on a quick curl route near the sideline two plays later, then a slant route for consecutive gains. DJax hauled in another slant route later in the 4th quarter for 1st down yardage. Fitzpatrick loaded up a play action deep ball for him on the next play, but overthrew the pass.
2018 Week 11 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Jackson led the team alongside Mike Evans with 7 targets apiece, but couldn't get any of his signature big plays going downfield. Djax split out wide left and caught a slant on his first target of the day in the 1st quarter. Jackson made a great catch on a deep curl route with a defender draped over his back at the end of the 2nd quarter. Jackson was the target on Fitzpatrick's third and final interception of the day, but the quarterback threw it up for grabs with Jackson well covered by multiple defenders. Winston and Jackson hooked up to convert 3rd down with an out route late in the 4th quarter. Winston found him one last time for a short gain on a curl route with the 4th quarter expiring.
2018 Week 12 vs SF (8 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Jackson injured his hand in week 11, and apparently exacerbated the injury in week 12's contest. He finished the game, but was mostly ineffective and is seeing a specialist in New York for the injury this week. Jackson was dropped for a minimal gain on his first target of the day, a WR bubble screen at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. He caught another short out route and quickly ran out of bounds to stop the clock at the end of the 1st half. Jackson drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball that he and Winston couldn't connect on in the 3rd quarter. Jackson had big catch on an out route that converted 3rd down late in the 3rd quarter. Jackson carried a sweep around left end for a 6 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. The Bucs have not issued any updates on Jackson's injury so far this week.
2018 Week 16 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Jackson returned after missing several weeks with a wrist/hand injury. He carried the ball for a short gain on a jet sweep in the 1st quarter. Winston looked for Jackson with a deep pass down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter, but Jackson's defender had him bracketed. Jackson had another deep crossing route broken up at the end of the quarter. Jackson and Winston finally connected up the seam for a 24 yard gain on the next play, but Jackson hobbled off holding his ankle after the catch. Jackson was able to return to the game, but was limited for the rest of the contest. He has not practiced yet this week.
2017 Week 2 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Jackson nearly had a beautiful diving catch over the front pylon on a long pass from Winston in the 1st quarter, but he couldn't get both feet down inbounds while securing the ball. Jackson caught his next target for a short gain, and hobbled to the sidelines holding his left side. He trotted out a couple plays later and seemed fine, though. Jackson was targeted in the end zone again in the 2nd quarter on a deep post route, but Winston overthrew him badly. D-Jax got loose again on a deep seam in the 3rd quarter, but he got turned around while locating the ball and couldn't haul it in. Winston is definitely looking for a big play with Jackson, they just aren't quite on the same page yet. Jackson drew 7 targets, 2nd on the team to Mike Evans. He secured 3 of them for 39 yards.
2017 Week 3 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 84 / 1 rec)
D-jax had a good day on paper, but his and Winston's chemistry is still a work in progress. Jackson was the target on two interceptions, an underthrown deep ball on the first and an apparent route miscommunication on the second. Jackson caught his first target of the day, an out route early in the 1st quarter. Winston hit him for a big gain on the next drive as Jackson got open on a deep corner route. Winston tried to force a deep pass to Jackson in the 2nd quarter that was undercut and intercepted by a defender. Jackson had a step, but Winston simply didn't put enough on the ball to get it there. Jackson showed strong hands on a leaping catch in the 3rd quarter. Winston and Jackson finally connected in the end zone at the end of the 3rd quarter, with Jackson leaping over his defender in the back right corner for the score. Winston followed the success up with another clunker in the 4th, looking Jackson's way on an apparent route miscommunication that led to an interception. It's unclear who was at fault.
2017 Week 4 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Winston overthrew Jackson on a deep post route late in the 3rd. Djax had a step on his defender if Winston could have dropped the pass in a little better. Jackson appeared visibly frustrated when Winston missed him on a 2 point attempt. He had another potential TD knocked loose by Eli Apple in the end zone in the 2nd quarter. Djax finished the day with 6 targets, catching 2 for 20 yards.
2017 Week 5 vs NE (9 / 5 / 106 / 0 rec)
Jackson and Winston continue to struggle with their chemistry, but the new receiver was able to contribute with some big plays later in the game. Jackson caught his first target, tapping his toes on the right sideline after Jameis extended the play with a scramble. Jackson caught one of the bubble screens that we see Humphries running often, but the play was blown up behind the line of scrimmage by cornerback. Jackson finally got rolling in the 4th quarter, taking a slant route 41 yards on 3rd and short from deep in Tampa Bay's own territory. Jackson had a clutch reception on 3rd and long later, securing the catch on the sideline and tapping his toes before getting blasted by a defender. Winston found Jackson one last time on a deep crossing route with less than a minute left in the game. Jackson went down awkwardly and was replaced by Chris Godwin for the last 34 seconds. He was seen leaving the stadium with ice on his right forearm after the game. Jackson finished tied for the most targets(9) with Brate.
2017 Week 6 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)
Winston looked for Jackson deep in the 1st quarter but underthrew the pass and was nearly intercepted. Jackson's first catch was a quick out route from the right side of the formation. Ryan Fitzpatrick loaded a deep ball up for Jackson on fly route in the 2nd quarter, but the two couldn't connect in the end zone. Jackson was targeted down the left sideline on a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception in the 3rd quarter. Jackson scored on a quick slant route later in the 3rd quarter. He lined up wide right with Humphries in the slot, and the two crossed on slant routes with Jackson making a nice catch on a pass that was delievered slightly late from Fitzpatrick.
2017 Week 7 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)
Jackson caught a skinny post from Winston early on that was nearly intercepted, but Djax showed incredibly focus by popping the ball out of the defenders hands and spinning around to catch the pass before it hit the turf. Winston found him again on the next play deep down the right sideline for another big gain. Jackson hauled in a quick slant from the left slot for an 11 yard gain later in the 2nd quarter. Winston hit Jackson with a deep bomb down the left sideline for a huge gain in the 3rd quarter, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty. Jackson had a step on his defender again later in the quarter, but Winston overthrew him on the deep route. The two are still struggling to generate big chunk plays, but Jackson is definitely showing more chemistry with Winston on shorter and intermediate throws the last couple of games, and once the ball is in his hands he is explosive.
2017 Week 8 vs CAR (8 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Jackson drew the second most targets on the team(8) but struggled to do anything with them as Winston's passing was all over the place. Djax lined up wide right and caught a deep comeback route for a gain of 19 at the end of the 1st quarter. He got open on a slant route again on the next play, but Winston threw the ball high. Jackson caught a quick pass behind the line of scrimmage and ran up the sidelines for a few yards midway through the 2nd quarter.. Jackson and Winston nearly connected on a deep ball in the end zone later in the 3rd, but a defender closed on the ball and knocked it away at the last second.
2017 Week 9 vs NO (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Winston targeted Jackson on a deep ball that drew a pass interference flag late in the 1st quarter. The two connected on another deep pass down the right sidelines in the 2nd quarter, bu Jackson couldn't get both feet down inbounds. Jackson had a nice catch and run on a 2nd quarter slant route that picked up 14 yards. Backup QB Fitzpatrick missed another deep shot to Jackson in the 3rd quarter, and connected with him once for an 11 yard gain. Djax also carried the ball once on an end-around in the 2nd quarter. Jackson should collect more targets next week as Evans serves a one-game suspension for his hit on Saints CB Lattimore.
2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (10 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
Jackson and rookie Chris Godwin started at the outside receiver positions with Mike Evans absent due to a one game suspension. Djax and Godwin both collected a team-high 10 targets, with Djax posting the slightly better overall statline. Jackson hauled in his first target for a nice catch and run on a crossing route in the 1st quarter, then helped extend the lengthy drive with a short reception on a slant and a deep corner route that picked up 15. Fitzpatrick found him running a seam route from the slot early in the 3rd quarter for another solid gain, then hit him on a deep post on the next play for a gain of 22, Tampa's longest play of the day. Jackson bounced up after being clobbered by DB Buster Skrine on a sideline catch in the 3rd, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty for helmet-to-helmet contact.
2017 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)
Jackson hauled in his first target on an out route late in the 1st quarter for a big gain. It was his only reception of the 1st half until Fitzpatrick hit him for a touchdown just before halftime. Jackson lined up tight to the right side of the offensive line and ran a crossing pattern, to the left on play action, confusing the defense and leaving him wide open for an easy touchdown connection. Despite the score, the two catches tie for Jackson's lowest of the season.
2017 Week 12 vs ATL (11 / 8 / 60 / 0 rec)
Jackson caught a deep crossing route for a nice gain on the Bucs' first offensive play of the game. Fitzpatrick almost found him for another big connection on a deep crossing pattern in the 2nd quarter, but the pass bounced off Jackson's fingertips. Jackson converted 3rd and 6 with a nifty catch on a slant route towards the end of the 2nd quarter. Jackson drew a pass interference penalty on the next play while running a fly route down the right sideline, setting the Bucs up near the Atlanta red zone. Two plays later, Jackson moved the offense down inside the Atlanta 10 yard line with a reception on a curl route. Fitzpatrick loaded up a deep ball on a corner route to Jackson late in the 4th, but overthrew the ball out the back of the end zone. Jackson finished the game second on the team with 11 targets to Evans' 12, with a team-high 8 receptions.
2017 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a quiet day, catching a short curl late in the 2nd quarter for a short gain on his first target. He secured his second target later in the same drive, a deep corner route from the right slot that picked up 19 yards. Winston missed him badly on a curl route near the end zone at the end of the 3rd quarter. Jackson caught a crossing route in the back of the end zone at the end of the 4th quarter, but Winston had thrown the ball after scrambling past the line of scrimmage.
2017 Week 14 vs DET (7 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 23 / 0 rush)
Jackson led the team with 7 targets on a sloppy day for QB Winston. He lined up wide left in a 3WR set and caught a screen in the 1st quarter. Winston targeted him with an overthrown deep ball on the next play. Jackson caught a deep comeback route up the right seam for a 16 yard gain later in the 1st. Winston hit him with on a toe-tapping out route on the right sideline during the opening drive of the 2nd half. Jackson lined up wide left and caught a quick screen in the 3rd quarter, converting 3rd and 7. D-jax also carried the ball once on an end-around that he broke for 23 yards in the 3rd quarter.
2017 Week 15 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Jackson hauled in a crossing pattern and turned it up the left sideline for a gain of 11 yards on his first target of the day. He carried the ball on an end around later in the 2nd quarter for a short gain. Shortly after, Jackson headed to the locker room with an ankle injury and did not return to the game.
2016 Week 1 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 102 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson had the most productive day of all pass catchers as he went over one hundred yards on the day. His longest catch went for thirty three yards but most of his work was done on hitch routes. The secondary played soft coverage all game which allowed Kirk to continuously find him for dinks and dunks. DeSean had an opportunity for one big play downfield but it was taken away by a pass interference call. DeSean's elite speed terrifies opponents which in turn makes it easy for Kirk to find him on comeback routes towards the sideline. Even though DeSean was productive in this game none of it changed life for Washington's offense.
2016 Week 2 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson should have had a much bigger game but Kirk missed him a few times streaking up the field. DeSean started the game well as he had two catches and one of them going for twenty eight yards. Then the day quickly dialed down for him. Kirk missed DeSean in the first half for a potential touchdown as he outran double coverage only to have Kirk over throw him by quite a bit. DeSean had another opportunity for a long score in the second half but Kirk threw the ball over the wrong shoulder and he was unable to track it down. This had to be a frustrating game for DeSean knowing he got the better of Dallas' secondary but couldn't capitalize.
2016 Week 3 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 96 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson didn't have many catches but his presence is always felt. Jackson caught a forty-four yard touchdown at the end of the first half where he completely outran coverage to grab a touchdown in the end zone. He also had another long completion but that is DeSean's calling card. He isn't going to see a ton of volume but the explosive plays are there for him every week. Kirk finally found him on target so hopefully this gets them in sync.
2016 Week 4 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson only had one catch for five yards but was targeted three times. Washington's most dynamic receiver was bottled up in this game as Cleveland rolled coverage his way to limit big plays. Kirk tried to find DeSean on a go route in the first quarter but it was broken up by a pass interference call. However, DeSean's presence did open up the middle of the field but it is rare that he is held in check like this.
2016 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson only had three catches on the day but there was potential for more. Kirk has been out of sync this season connecting with DeSean, especially on deep passes. DeSean's longest play went for twenty-seven yards. Kirk missed DeSean on a touchdown in the third quarter as DeSean tried to adjust to an inaccurate pass. Kirk was under pressure trying to find DeSean in the end zone on a 20+ yard pass on the sideline. DeSean tried to keep his feet inbounds and extend for the grab but wasn't able to reel it in as it was slightly out of reach. Kirk also missed DeSean on a long gain downfield as the pass was overthrown out of reach. Whenever Kirk and Desean get back on the same page DeSean will be much more productive.
2016 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson once again had a relatively quiet afternoon but not because he couldn't get open. He did drop a touchdown in the second quarter that Kirk put right on target. However, there were times he got behind the defense but came up empty as well. The Eagles pressure completely disrupted the timing on some of Kirk's throws which had a direct result to DeSean's inability for the big play. He had four catches and it seems the connection between him and Kirk is improving but the big plays are still lacking.
2016 Week 7 vs DET (8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson still hasn't been able to get on track with Kirk. Washington has said they want to get DeSean more involved but they are struggling to find ways getting him the ball. Aside from missing on deep passes it seems they haven't been able to get him going in the intermediate to short areas. That can mainly be attributed to the fact they already have guys who operate in that area so it's tough to find a place for DeSean. If he isn't going deep it seems tough to find him. He had five catches on the day with less than fifty yards.
2016 Week 8 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson had three receptions in this game and had trouble making big plays again. Kirk overthrew him twice for potential scores which has been the ongoing theme of this season. DeSean was knocked out of this game for a bit when he took a big shot on the sideline after a thirty-eight yard completion. Until DeSean gets on the same page with Kirk he will continue to produce low yardage games because he mainly thrives as a deep threat.
2016 Week 11 vs GB (6 / 4 / 51 / 1 rec)
WR DeSean Jackson DeSean Jackson only had four catches in this game but he made them count as he added a touchdown for the day. His yardage was still down surprisingly as it seemed as if he would torch the Packers secondary but he is also still trying to recover from a shoulder injury. The deep shots in this game were in sync but DeSean wasn't part of the festivities. As he continues to get back to full health he will be more integrated in the long plays downfield.
2016 Week 12 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 118 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson finally exploded in the Washington pass attack as he went over a hundred yards receiving. The volume of receptions is rarely high for DeSean serves as the top deep threat for Washington. He only had four receptions for the game but his biggest play went for a sixty-seven yard touchdown in the third quarter. He ran straight past the coverage as Kirk found him up the sideline over two defenders. These are the plays that typically make up the day for DeSean and it was encouraging to see him and Kirk finally connect on a deep pass. If they can stay in sync then these type of games can be a lot more frequent for DeSean.
2016 Week 13 vs ARI (4 / 1 / 59 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson only brought in one catch for this game and it was nearly a long touchdown. He caught a fifty-nine yard bomb but was barely tackled at the five yard line. DeSean dropped two passes on short throws and Kirk overthrew him on a fade route in the end zone. DeSean is prone to quiet games when the deep ball isn't clicking on all cylinders.
2016 Week 14 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 102 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson only had three catches in this game but went over one hundred yards to lead Washington in receiving yards for this game. DeSean is the ultimate big play threat and it was on full display as it pertains to his stats. DeSean was fairly quiet until he smoked an Eagles cornerback on a post route where he caught a pass in stride leading to an eighty yard touchdown. The other two receptions weren't much to his production as his touchdown grab was the main highlight. DeSean doesn't need many touches to have big production so it is good that he and Kirk are connecting on the deep throws.
2016 Week 15 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson finally had a high volume reception game. DeSean had no problem getting open as he tied a team high in receptions with seven. DeSean's longest reception went for twenty-three yards but he did a lot of his damage underneath. Kirk only took two deep shots to DeSean but failed to connect on both. DeSean also had an opportunity for a potential touchdown, but the pass was off as it went too far out of bounds. DeSean's offensive output was a direct benefit of high volume passing and the absence of Jordan Reed.
2016 Week 16 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 114 / 0 rec)
Jackson was the clear feature element of Washington's pass game against Chicago. Jackson separated easily on intermediate and deep routes. In addition to his 114 yards, his third straight 100-yard games and fourth in five weeks, Jackson drew a long defensive pass interference penalty and got behind the defense for a sure touchdown, but Kirk Cousins overthrew Jackson on the play. A 200-yard game with a touchdown was well within reach. Jackson's best catch came on an uncharacteristic play for the thin-framed speed merchant. On a deep in-cut route on third down, Jackson high-pointed the pass, absorbed a big hit, and held on to convert in field goal range. Adding this highlight play to Jackson's display of speed, sharp route running, and after-catch ability on his other receptions, this was Jackson's most complete effort of the season.
2016 Week 17 vs NYG (5 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson was held to two catches against the Giants. One of two catches went for twenty-three yards which helped put them in field goal range at the end of the first half (but it was missed). Kirk took two other deep shots that had potential for long gains but Kirk overthrew him. DeSean had a step on the defense both times but ultimately came up empty handed. This is usually how the game goes for a big play dependent receiver like DeSean.
2015 Week 1 vs MIA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson wasn't able to get going today as he badly pulled a hamstring in the 1st quarter. He had his man beat down the sideline and could have potentially scored but the ball was overthrown. News has come out that he could miss a minimum of 4 weeks. Hamstrings are fickle as is but even more so for speedy guys.
2015 Week 9 vs NE (6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson had 3 catches in his first game back but the Patriots virtually took him out of the game as Washington's most dangerous receiving threat. His longest catch was 9 yards and Kirk overthrew him twice for potentially big gains. The Patriots kept a safety over the top to discourage the Redskins from taking shots deep down field.
2015 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson is slowly getting back into a groove. He only had 2 catches on the day but caught one of his trademark deep shots for 42 yards early in the first quarter. The short passing game that Washington features is the exact opposite of where Desean thrives so it will be interesting to see if they look his way more often going forward. They have tried to get him involved in the screen game the pass two weeks but it has been unsuccessful to this point.
2015 Week 11 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec)
Desean Jackson looked as healthy as ever in this game as he scored the only touchdown generated by the Washington offense. His first quarter touchdown came off a play in which he was lined up in the slot and had a relatively free release to run pass the nickel corner for a 56 yard strike. He had 5 catches on the day but could have had tallied more if Kirk was more accurate. Desean's day was encouraging moving forward as Washington's most explosive option in the passing game.
2015 Week 12 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 66 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson demonstrated once again that he is the big play receiver Washington's passing game. He only had 2 catches but one of them was for 63 yards as he burned double coverage deep to score a touchdown. His ability to take the top off the defense has been on full display since returning to the lineup. His volume of catches remains low but he is making the most of his limited opportunities. The coaching staff has tried to get him going in the screen game as well but to this point it hasn't been successful. DeSean needs to be integrated into the intermediate passing game if they want to increase his volume of catches.
2015 Week 13 vs DAL (7 / 6 / 80 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson his busiest game of the year as Washington made a better effort of getting him involved early and often. DeSean was able to get open all night due to the cushion the Cowboys were giving him. Most of his catches were on comeback routes and he even caught a slant that resulted in a big first down. DeSean could have had a bigger day receiving if it weren't for a couple of over throws and a few penalties that wiped out catches. DeSean's day came with the biggest highlight and lowlight all in a matter of minutes. Towards the end of the game he received a punt but fumbled it away to Dallas trying too hard to make a play. Then on Washington's next possession he caught the game tying touchdown late in the 4th quarter by running straight pass Morris Claiborne displaying his game breaking speed. He is the most dangerous piece in the Washington offense so hopefully they can get him even more involved moving forward.
2015 Week 14 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson wasn't able to build off his involvement in the prior game as he ended up with only two catches. One of them went for 29 yards as he found a crease in the defense on a shallow cross route. DeSean was fighting through a bit of leg injuries in this game as he appeared to get dinged up. The Bears payed him plenty of attention and ultimately he wasn't able to shake loose for a big play. These types of boom or bust games seem to be the norm for DeSean Jackson.
2015 Week 15 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 153 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson finally put together the type of explosive game he is capable of displaying. He was involved early and often taking advantage of a banged up secondary. Buffalo's pass rush was virtually non-existent which allowed a speedster like DeSean to navigate his way down field most of the day. He caught a 77 yard pass that was underthrown intentionally but then the rare acceleration he showed after the catch is why he is one of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers. He caught 6 balls indicating how involved he was as he should be getting an average of that many per game. It doesn't take many catches for DeSean to do damage but Washington is significantly more dangerous when they get him the ball.
2015 Week 16 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson had trouble making splash plays in this game as the Eagles made a concerted effort not to let him beat them back in Philly. He had 4 catches in this game but often found himself double teamed and bracketed most of the night. His longest catch went for 22 yards but he spent most of this game using his attention to get others open.
2014 Week 1 vs HOU (9 / 8 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Desean Jackson was heavily utilized throughout the game, but was never fully able to break free from the Texans defense. Washington attempted to harness Jackson's play-making abilities through swing passes and reverses, but Jackson often left yards on the field trying to hit the home run every time he touched the ball. Jackson was given a carry on a reverse end-around in the third quarter, but the Texans defense was not fooled and Jackson was brought down for a nine yard loss. On another play, Jackson gained no yardage on a bubble screen where he tried to cross the field, but Texans D stayed disciplined and was able to pursue him to the sidelines. Jackson's eight catches for 62 yards were a result of frequent short passes from Griffin, but Jackson was never able to break any plays upfield for yards after the catch.
2014 Week 2 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson was only able to haul in one pass on the day before he exited the game with a left shoulder injury when he was driven into the turf on an incomplete throw from Kirk Cousins. Jackson was unable to hold onto a beautiful deep pass from Robert Griffin earlier in the game, but caught the pass thrown to him on the play that RG3 injured his ankle. Jackson looked like he may have been in for a big game against Jacksonville's poor secondary before his injury forced him out for the day.
2014 Week 3 vs PHI (11 / 5 / 117 / 1 rec)
Desean Jackson entered the contest questionable to suit up for the game nursing a sore shoulder, but the speedy WR clearly wasn't going to miss the opportunity to show his former team just what they let go. Jackson incited an USC penalty on the opening drive after catching a pass and taking a shove from Nate Allen, demonstrating his willingness to take hard shots and continue to fight. Worries that Jackson would not fit in with a Cousins offense were unfounded, as Jackson demonstrated his ability to work the speed out routes effectively while still receiving his share of downfield targets from a confident Kirk Cousins. Jackson got his revenge by catching an 81 yard TD bomb in the third quarter. Jackson pulled away from a trailing defender on a deep post up the middle of the field and Cousins unleashed a beautiful pass that traveled over 45 yards in the air. The slippery receiver then shed a diving tackle and raced into the endzone, taunting and backpedaling for the final 5 yards.
2014 Week 4 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
It was a lost game for DeSean Jackson as Washington was blown out by the rival Giants. Jackson struggled to take advantage of minimal opportunities as he dropped an on-target screen pass and juggled an intermediate out route as he toe-tapped along the sidelines. While those two plays would have still kept Jackson well less than 50 yards on the day, they were plays left on the field. Teammate Pierre Garcon was targeted more frequently on deep routes, with no success this week.
2014 Week 5 vs SEA (11 / 5 / 157 / 1 rec)
Desean Jackson was the sole bright spot for Washington's offense on Monday night. The feisty receiver broke out for 157 yards against one of the league's best pass defenses. Jackson was targeted all over the field, but made his biggest plays behind the Seattle secondary, torching SS Kam Chancellor and CB Richard Sherman for a 60 yard TD in the second quarter with Washington down 17-0. Cousins stepped up in a collapsing pocket, rolled to his right, and hit Jackson while on the run up the right sideline for Washington's first score of the game. Jackson struck again on the first play of the second half, splitting double coverage up the left side and reeling in a perfectly dropped ball from Cousins 50 yards down the field as he stumbled out of bounds. With Seattle's coverage blanketing Washington's slower receiving threats, Jackson's speed gave him just enough separation for Cousins to sneak passes through.
2014 Week 6 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 115 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Desean Jackson seems to have hit his stride in Washington's offense, going over 100 yards receiving and catching another 50+ yards TD pass from Cousins. Jackson finished with three catches on four targets, but the speedy receiver proved again that he only needs a few opportunities to make huge plays. Jackson was lined up in the slot right and locked in tight man coverage with Patrick Peterson, but Jackson got a free release off the line and cut across the field on a short slant while Cousins delivered a perfect dart past Peterson's outstretched arms. Jackson bolted up the field untouched for the huge play and the game tying score. Jackson could have had another huge score in the same quarter, taking a bubble screen at midfield from Cousins up the right sideline to the seven yard line before running into his own blocker and falling. Jackson was just steps away from another TD. Jackson carried the ball one time on an end-around but was only able to pick up minimal yardage on the play. Jackson briefly left the game in the fourth quarter after a big hit and PI penalty, but returned to the game after taking one play off.
2014 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson continues to make big plays for Washington, this time catching a tough jump ball 37 yard pass from Cousins up the right sideline in extremely tight coverage. Jackson was not able to do much more with his five targets, however, and finished under 100 yards receiving for the first time in three weeks. Jackson was targeted in the end zone early in the second quarter, but was badly overthrown by Cousins in the corner. Jackson factored late in the game with Washington driving behind by one point. He was targeted deep and caught a nice jump ball up the right sideline for what would have been a long gain, but the play was nullified by offsetting penalties. Jackson drew a defensive PI call that ultimately set up Washington for the short FG and a Redskins victory. While Jackson still has some work to do getting his blocking up to snuff, his recent play in tight coverage shows that he can play above the rim as well as burn people dip.
2014 Week 8 vs DAL (7 / 6 / 136 / 0 rec)
Desean Jackson put together another huge performance, showing that he can produce regardless of who is under center for Washington. Jackson has gone for over 100 yards receiving in three of his last four games. Jackson was consistently able to gain separation against Dallas's corners. He got going early, catching an 18 yard pass early in the first quarter before catching a 49 yard bomb from McCoy down the middle of the field that could have gone for a TD had the QB led him even a little. Jackson caught another floater from McCoy deep down the right sideline that Jackson tracked like an outfielder for an over the shoulder catch.
2014 Week 9 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 120 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson has been QB-proof all season, finding success and making big plays regardless of who is behind center. Jackson turned in his fourth 100 yard receiving game in five weeks and fifth on the season, demonstrating not only his elite deep speed, but also his toughness. Jackson's first reception of the game came on a deep flag route where the receiver had to extend for the catch while taking a nasty helmet-to-helmet shot from the corner. Jackson held onto the ball and bounced up without any sign of injury for the huge gain. Jackson caught another long pass from Griffin in the fourth quarter streaking down the right sideline and was one tackle away from scoring a huge TD. Jackson's TD reception came in the third quarter on a slant thrown high where Jackson had to make a leaping catch and spin out of a huge hit to barely cross the plane. Jackson's reputation as a purely downfield receiver finally should be put to rest after his consistent production all over the field this season.
2014 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson had his first sub-100 yard game since week 7. Jackson tied RB Roy Helu Jr. for team lead in targets but was unable to haul in his typical weekly big play. He almost delivered on a play where he split two defenders and raced into the endzone, but he was overthrown on a rocket pass from RG3 that fell five feet in front of him. Jackson did most of his damage catching passes near the LOS where he showed off his quickness weaving and cutting in space to help keep the chains moving. Jackson was shaken up in the third quarter after taking a hard shot to the head, but he was able to bounce up and continue playing.
2014 Week 12 vs SF (5 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson's productive streak despite his flailing offense has come to a halt since Washington's week 10 bye. Jackson only caught two of his five targets, three of which were deep balls that never had a chance of being completed. One of Jackson's deep targets came off a trick play where Garcon took an end-around and launched a pass 40 yards down the field out of bounds somewhere near a double-covered Jackson. Jackson replaced Andre Roberts as the punt returner in the second half but never had the opportunity to run one back.
2014 Week 13 vs IND (6 / 5 / 84 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson turned in a very productive performance before exiting the game in the second half with what looked to be a bad leg injury. Jackson was second to TE Jordan Reed in yards and targets and was able to haul in a long TD pass from Colt McCoy in the third quarter when he made a nice adjustment on an underthrown pass up the left sideline. Jackson was lined up all over the formation and seemed to benefit from lighter coverage as Garcon garnered most of the attention. Jackson's injury came on an incomplete pass deep down the left sideline where Jackson drew a pass interference. He immediately fell to the ground clutching his knee.
2014 Week 15 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson and the entire receiving corps struggled in the Robert Griffin led offense. Jackson was only able to turn his team leading eight targets into 15 yards as Griffin never really threatened down the field. Jackson's lone deep target was way off target and thrown into double coverage. He didn't look too troubled by his lower leg injury that kept him out the previous game, but Jackson and RG3 look out of synch at the moment.
2014 Week 16 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 126 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson looked amped to play his old team again. The speedy receiver burned punching bag Eagles corner Bradley Fletcher on a sideline fade late in the first quarter that set up a long Alfred Morris TD run. He burned Fletcher deep again in the second half for a beautiful 54 yard reception down the right sideline and then forced a PI penalty in the end zone that set up a Darrell Young rushing TD. It was Jackson's only red zone target in the game.
2014 Week 17 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 86 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson got his big play of the day out of the way early on Sunday, catching a pop pass from RG3 on Washington's opening drive and taking it 69 yards upfield for a TD. Jackson was sprung by a great block from LT Trent Williams 10 yards upfield and the speedy receiver ran untouched through the center of the Dallas defense for the score. Jackson looked dynamic as ever, but was only targeted three times as Griffin struggled to get the ball down the field to his receivers.
2013 Week 1 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 104 / 1 rec)
Jackson looked sharp to start out the game and used his speed well on many short variety throws early on. He looked like a WR that was enjoying the game and he was trusting his teammates for blocks downfield. His yards after the catch were a big part of the offense moving up and down the field in the first half. He made a great catch at the back of the endzone for the Eagles first touchdown. When Vick needed a first down he trusted Jackson and looked in his direction and Jackson used his quickness to get to the marker.
2013 Week 2 vs SD (15 / 9 / 193 / 1 rec)
Jackson was on his game today and he was clearly Michael Vick's favorite target as he caught 9 of his 15 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown. Jackson looked quick after the catch all day long, he would take short passes and immediately turn and run to the first down marker. He looked like a WR1 and has the trust of his QB and coach. He is not afraid to run routes over the middle of the field as he displayed with his 41 yard catch over the middle in the 2nd quarter. He is a weapon in the offense and on his touchdown catch got behind the defender and created the big explosive play that this type of offense depends upon. Jackson showed that he has a certain confidence and swagger back that he showed he had earlier in his career. The Eagles offensive scheme is really favoring Jackson's speed and quickness.
2013 Week 3 vs KC (7 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Jackson was blanketed by Brandon Flowers all day. Several times Vick looked deep for Jackson only to find him well-covered. Flowers gave Jackson the underneath, and that resulted in only 2 catches for 22 yards in the first 2 Ω quarters. In the third quarter, Jackson finally made Flowers pay in man coverage for a 40 yard gain down the right sideline. Flowers had no safety help for most of the game and was still able to contain the deep passing game.
2013 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Jackson for the most part was shut down today, surprisingly not being able to break a long play. He was targeted 6 times but only ended up catching 2 balls total. On his first catch he took a quick Vick pass over the middle and ran and slid his way to a 14 yard gain. His leg looked to buckle a little bit on the play and he was shaken up a bit and exited the game for a few plays. Later on the drive he was targeted at the corner of the endzone on a bullet pass from Vick that he dropped. Jackson later went on to make a 20 yard catch that it looked like he trapped but replay showed that it was a good catch. Jackson also had another nice catch and run that was taken back because of an offensive holding penalty. On the same play he showed some of his flair and started barking back and forth with Broncos linebacker Woodyard.
2013 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 7 / 132 / 1 rec)
Jackson missed a bullet pass from Michael Vick on 3rd down on the opening drive which resulted in a 3 and out. The ball was perfected thrown by Vick but Jackson failed to secure the pass with two defenders guarding him. The very next drive Vick went right back to him on 1st down and Jackson again couldn't make the catch in a tight window. He had a great 56 yard catch on a deep ball from Vick that slipped right through the hands of a Giants defender. Jackson caught a nice pass at the sidelines to give the Eagles a FG to end the half. Late in the 3rd quarter he drew a pass interference penalty with his elite speed down the sidelines. Jackson caught his 5th pass on a low ball that was around his shins and helped keep a drive alive with another 1st down catch. Jackson picked up another 1st down on a pass from Foles with 10 minutes to go in the game. He looked to be the safety net on the day with both Vick and Foles being able to trust him in key situations. A couple of plays later Foles threw him a nice ball near the corner of the endzone and Jackson jumped up and secured the ball for a touchdown. In Jackson fashion he added a little flavor to his touchdown with a salsa dance ala Victor Cruz.
2013 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 6 / 64 / 2 rec)
Picked up a 1st down inside the Tampa Bay 5 yard line as he sacrificed his body to do so. Foles and Jackson had a good connection today as 6 passes were thrown his way and made a great catch as he came across the back of the endzone to pick up his first TD of the game. He was thrown a few quick passes to the outside and with no room to run simple ducked his head and ran out of bounds. Took a long pass from Foles into the endzone in stride showcasing his speed and quickness once again. He is a WR1 going forward and has been trusted and used often by both Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
2013 Week 7 vs DAL (8 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
On his first target of the game he took a screen pass for -1 yard as the Cowboys read the play perfectly. He made a nice catch near the sidelines for a first down as time was winding down in the first half. He was thrown a deep ball on a 3rd and 1 right at the end of the half but Foles threw the ball over his head and out of bounds. Foles later tried to force a ball into Jackson in double coverage but in a touch situation Jackson couldn't make the catch. Jackson did have a near touchdown as Foles threw a nice pass to him at the back of the endzone that was nicely defended by the Cowboys defensive back.
2013 Week 8 vs NYG (11 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec)
Jackson saw plenty of targets on the day but just couldn't make a big play. Most of his targets came after only a few yards beyond the yard of scrimmage and even then he was blanketed by the defense and had very little chance of making a bigger play. He had a nice catch from Barkley at the end of the first half showing that he can be counted on at any time and once again showed some great hands on the catch. Jackson had a nice catch over the middle of the field late in the fourth quarter and looked to have a 1st down if he would have went straight forward but he did a slight hesitation and because of that was tackled and held short of the first down and the Eagles were forced to punt.
2013 Week 9 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 150 / 1 rec)
Made a quick catch and run early in the game to get his hands on the ball for the first times. Jackson also showed his versatility as he had a great punt return of 32 yards and almost broke it for a touchdown. He had a first down catch over the middle on a play that Foles had all day to get him the ball. A couple of plays later he had another first down catch and continues to show that between him and McCoy they are valuable in the middle of the field moving the ball and picking up first downs keeping drives alive. Jackson showed off his speed on his 46 yard touchdown reception as he easily out raced the Raiders defender and pretty near walked the ball into the endzone. On the very next series the Eagles kept the ball moving and Foles showed his trust in Jackson once again as he threw him a deep ball in coverage and Jackson made the tough catch which resulted in a 59 yard reception.
2013 Week 10 vs GB (5 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)
Jackson continued his strong offensive play this week. He is all over the field and even when he is not making plays directly he is still opening up the field for the rest of his teammates because of his big play ability. He had a quick catch and run to start his game off and to help ease him into the offense which was important right at the start. On Jackson's touchdown reception, Nick Foles threw up a deep pass and it was underthrown and the two Packers defenders ran into each other and popped the ball into the air and the ball came right to Jackson and he was able to then walk it into the endzone. On his third catch of the game he took a quick pass from Foles and immediately turned up field picking up additional yards with his speed.
2013 Week 11 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)
Jackson had his first catch of the game on a 3rd and 11 and picked up the first down and got the chains moving early for the Eagles. Jackson had a big catch in the middle of the second quarter to pick up a first down and get the ball into Washington territory. Things are continuing to open up for him with LeSean McCoy and Riley Cooper both making plays all over the field. Jackson had a big catch early in the 3rd quarter to move the ball into Washington territory again and picked up 26 yards doing so. He didn't have the big game with a long touchdown today but he did catch all 4 of his targets and helped the Eagles pick up key first downs all game long.
2013 Week 13 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first catch came at the start of the 2nd quarter and he used his speed and quickness after the catch to pick up the necessary yards to get a first down. He made a great catch for a 25 yard gain down the sideline and got out of bounds and stopped the clock near the end of the 2nd quarter. Jackson had a quick catch out of the backfield that he got hit hard immediately on and looked to be a little shaken up.
2013 Week 14 vs DET (6 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec, 1 / -10 / 0 rush)
On Jackson's first touch of the game he took a run for a 10 yard loss as he could never get his footing as he was heading to the outside. On Jackson's first catch of the game he made a big first down catch right near the sidelines making sure to keep his feet in bounds. Jackson had another first down reception on a quick screen pass that he showed some toughness on stiff arming defenders to ensure the first down. Jackson continued his first down catching on his third target securing a nicely thrown Foles pass that fell close to the ground. On the same drive Jackson worked his way to get wide open at the back of the endzone and made an easy catch for a 19 yard touchdown. Foles threw a deep pass to Jackson in the next drive and Jackson had his man beat but unfortunately the ball was over thrown as it could have been another touchdown for Jackson. Right after that play Foles once again looked for Jackson and this time in the endzone but the ball was knocked away by two Lions defenders.
2013 Week 15 vs MIN (16 / 10 / 195 / 1 rec)
On Jackson's first look of the game it came in the 2nd quarter and Foles only slightly over threw him as Jackson tried to put one arm up high and grab the ball but it quickly bounced away. On the very next play Foles came back to Jackson and Jackson found a way to shake his defender and get open and secured the catch for a first down. On the third play in a row Jackson was targeted and he made another first down catch as he raced out of the backfield and made the catch at the right sideline. On a 4th and short the Eagles tried a double end around to Jackson and he raced into the endzone for a what would have been touchdown but QB Nick Foles was thrown a flag for a peel back block and the Eagles were forced to settle for a field goal. At the end of the first half Jackson made two key quick catches that helped to move the Eagles into field goal range. Nearing the end of the third quarter Jackson made a great catch on the sidelines and got both feet in bounds and then a couple of plays later beat his defender in one on one coverage and made a 30 yard touchdown catch. Jackson continued his torrid fantasy pace this season having a huge game picking up first downs when the Eagles were in trouble. His most impressive play of the game came on a 51 yard catch and run where he eluded defenders all over the field and just kept running down field.
2013 Week 16 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Jackson's first touch of the game came on a quick screen pass that took in the backfield and went for 8 yards and put the ball inside the Bears 5 yard line. In the second quarter he took a quick pass from Foles for a 6 yard gain. Jackson showed once again his ability to get open and help pick up first downs as he had 3 catches to start the Eagles 2nd half drive and 2 of those 3 catches went for first downs.
2013 Week 17 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jackson's first catch came on a 2nd and 20 play where he did everything after the catch to make sure he picked up the full 20 yards to get the first down. On Jackson's second catch it was just a short one over the middle of the field for minimum gain. Jackson couldn't get open downfield as he was targeted on a deep throw from Foles but was grabbed while he was running and just couldn't seem to break free. Jackson had a near touchdown as he caught a catch right at the goal line and was held out of the endzone inside the one yard line.
2013 Week 18 vs NO (6 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Jackson was having a tough game as he was matched up with a tough defender all game long and couldn't get any separation. His first catch of the game came after the Saints cornerback Lewis was knocked out of the game and Foles went to him a couple of plays later for a 40 yard catch to put the Eagles into scoring range. Jackson showed how valuable he is to the Eagles with his ability to get a big play in the blink of an eye and to swing the momentum into the Eagles favor. On the very next play Foles went right back to Jackson for a short pass. Jackson made another big play on a punt return where he put the Eagles into nice field position. Jackson had one more catch in the game as he caught a quick pass which he raced to the left side of the field and it looked like he was going to be short of the first down before he jumped over a diving defender and made his way to the first down marker. He had another key play in the game when he beat his defender down the field for a deep pass and was held on the play which lead to a Saints penalty and the ball inside the Saints 5 yard line.
2012 Week 1 vs CLE (11 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson spent much of the day with Joe Haden on his back. Jackson was clued in however and fought for the football on multiple occasions to earn his production. There were no signs of the petulant player from last year, instead he was replaced by a determined receiver who was attacking the ball in space. Jackson's fought Haden over the middle for his first reception deep down the field. The ball was thrown a little high which allowed Haden to attack it with one hand, but Jackson fully extended both arms to pull the ball out of the air. Jackson wasn't waiting for the football to come to him and again made a big play over the middle beating two defenders to the best spot despite them being in decent coverage initially. These were the types of plays Jackson wouldn't have made last year. Jackson rarely escaped the attention of Joe Haden. Whenever he did catch the football, Haden was immediately tackling him or challenging the catch. On the one deep ball down the sideline that Vick threw Jackson's way, Haden beat him to gain position on the ball and looked set to come up with an interception. Jackson didn't give up on the play to get around Haden and tip it away from him.
2012 Week 2 vs BAL (8 / 7 / 114 / 0 rec)
Outside of Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson was Vick's favourite target on the day. His first reception came on a streak across the field when the Eagles moved the pocket. Vick hit him in stride infront of Lardarius Webb. Jackson's second reception was a very quick pass to the flat and he couldn't break free from multiple defenders for a one yard loss. Jackson was wide open in single coverage underneath against Cary Williams down the sideline for a 15 yard reception. Probably Jackson's most impressive reception was a play that he doesn't consistently make. Against zone coverage, the receiver found a soft spot between the Ravens' safeties and linebackers for a 25 yard gain. He was obviously aware of his surroundings as he turned quickly and aggressively carried the ball forward. Jackson was running various routes and appeared fully committed. As his production proved, that is a scary combination. His biggest reception of the day was a simple deep sideline route, but the ferocious hit he endured from Ed Reed was incredible. Nobody would have blamed Jackson for dropping the ball, but he didn't. Instead he corralled it in his arms as Reed blasted him off the field. Most of Jackson's success came against Cary Williams, as the Eagles appeared to have a preference to throw at him opposed to Lardarius Webb.
2012 Week 3 vs ARI (10 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
The Eagles tried to get DeSean Jackson involved in the passing game early, but failed. Jackson was the intended receiver on two deep balls, but was overthrown on both occasions. He petitioned for a flag on one but didn't get it. His first reception came on a red zone target, a slant over the middle at the 2 yard line, but he could not muscle his way into the end zone. Later, he made two mid-range receptions for 29 yards in the 3rd quarter to round out an uninspiring day on the stat sheet. Jackson had the task of beating Patrick Peterson in coverage through most of the game. Peterson had the better of the matchup.
2012 Week 4 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 99 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson took the role of #1 WR definitively with teammate WR Maclin hobbled and the Giants struggled to contain the elusive receiver. Jackson gave the Giants headaches all game long and they focused heavily on trying to limit his effectiveness with a deep safety over the top. The Giants were successful in getting to Vick for the first half and their passing game struggled but Jackson made some crucial plays for his team as the game progressed. Jackson showed a terrific change of direction against a Giant DB on corner route early in the game, completely separating himself from the defender and displaying excellent body concentration to haul in the pass on the sideline. Jackson was tough to cover when QB Vick extended the play and he was frequently the target on big play attempts down the field when the initial play broke down. Jackson was able to score on a very easy looking touchdown pass in the second half. Jackson's defender got lost with underneath traffic and Jackson completely turned him around and ran alone into the corner of the endzone for the crucial touchdown catch. The Giants were unable to defend Jackson one on one and they gave up double teaming him since the Eagles rushing attack was also proving very successful. Jackson's elite speed scared the Giants DB's and they often lost track of the WR when he changed direction, resulting in big play opportunities for the small but speedy WR.
2012 Week 5 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Jackson's impact on this game was limited by the Eagles inability to protect Michael Vick on the line of scrimmage. The Eagles were forced to get rid of the ball quickly, but Vick still found Jackson deep on a few plays. His first reception was a wide open comeback on the sideline, before he was underthrown on a deep pass when he was covered by two defenders. A blown coverage allowed Jackson to catch a wide open crossing route before sprinting down the sideline. He fumbled the football when he was tackled but quickly jumped back on it. He caught a pass on a quick out in the flat when Vick threw the ball behind him and cost him an opportunity to get a first down on third and 3. Jackson made the catch but couldn't turn on the spot before a defender hit him. Late in the game, Jackson beat Ike Taylor on a deep out when he used his route running ability to turn Taylor around before working back to the football.
2012 Week 6 vs DET (8 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / -14 / 0 rush)
Jackson opened the game with a reverse that the Lions were run blitzing on. Jackson was derailed almost immediately and dragged down for a big 14 yard loss. It was an indication of how the rest of the day was going to go. On the next series, Michael Vick was under pressure and lofted a lame-duck pass in the direction of Jackson that was nearly picked off for an interception but fell incomplete. The Eagles didn't even go back to Jackson until the second quarter - where Vick rolled out of the pocket and hit Jackson in the flat for a short seven yard gain. Vick targeted Jackson two plays later on a short crossing route but he was interfered with and the ball fell incomplete. On the next series, Vick dumped a short pass to Jackson but it was thrown behind him. Jackson made a great adjustment to come up with the ball but he was tackled after a gain of just nine. He finished the first half with just 2 total yards from scrimmage due to the poor run to start the game. Jackson did his most damage during the third quarter where he had three recptions for 58 yards. The first was a short slant that he turned into a nice 16 yard catch and run. On the following series, Vick flicked a rainbow pass down the right side of the field where Jackson was able to run under it for a huge 30 yard play before going out of bounds. His final catch came on the first play of the 4th quarter - a sideline route where he made a nice grab and kept his toes in bounds for a 12 yard gain and the first down. Vick targeted him later in the quarter on a deep pass but the ball was thrown behind him and it was easily picked off.
2012 Week 8 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Philadelphia's premier vertical threat had a nice little Sunday going until a mid-game ankle injury derailed him. Jackson snagged five passes to lead the Eagles in receiving yardage with fifty-nine yards. Atlanta clearly planned its defensive strategy around taking Jackson and Jeremy Maclin out of the game, as its cornerbacks played off the line of scrimmage and the safeties stayed deep. Jackson's biggest play of the day came on a stick route pass from Michael Vick. With Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel whiffing on a tackle, Jackson sprinted down the field for a thirty-four yard gain. Jackson's reception set up a thirty-three yard Alex Henery field goal. While Jackson returned to the field following significant medical attention, he did not record a catch after his visit to the trainer's table.
2012 Week 9 vs NO (7 / 3 / 100 / 1 rec)
After cashing in on a lucrative off-season contract, Eagle fans were hoping to see more productive from Jackson. Jackson proved his worth during his team's seventh drive, the first drive of the second half. On 2nd-and-4 play from his own 23-yard line, Vick found Jackson streaking down the right sideline for a 77-yard touchdown. Jackson caught the pass at the New Orleans 40-yard line, made a nice spin move around a defender, and accelerated for the score. Even though the Saints blew the coverage, Jackson's top-end speed was on full display as he raced untouched into the end zone. Outside of the touchdown play, Vick made a conscious effort to target Jackson down the field, but had trouble completing the passes. On their first play of the game, Vick overthrew a streaking Jackson down the middle of the field. Vick targeted Jackson three times in the red zone, but each pass was thrown out of bounds. Jackson's other two receptions occurred early in the game on intermediate routes where he created after the catch.
2012 Week 10 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a largely quiet afternoon despite catching five of his eight targets. Jackson was utilized on deep post routes and quick slants as the Eagles worked to get him the ball on the run. Jackson did catch a short pass from Michael Vick deep to the left side of the field that allowed him to turn upfield for a 31 yard gain. Jackson also drew a holding penalty on Orlando Scandrick on third and three that resulted in extending an Eagles scoring drive. Jackson was also the intended target on a pass intercepted and returned for touchdown by Brandon Carr. Jackson's production ended up higher on the stat sheet then it appeared in the game as he caught two passes for 15 total yards as the clock was winding down and the Cowboys defensive backs were ten yards off the line of scrimmage in the game's final series. On both receptions, quarterback Nick Foles turned and threw a quick screen pass to Jackson who then turned upfield before being met by the Dallas defense.
2012 Week 11 vs WAS (9 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Targeted a whopping nine times, Jackson managed just two catches for five yards against the Redskins' Benny Hill routine of a secondary. He was the intended receiver on Nick Foles' second interception of the day, a third-and-twenty-one go route pass down the middle of the field in which Jackson tripped and Foles underthrew him. Foles' miscue - coupled with Jackson not even facing the ball - allowed Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather to catch the pass and return it to the Washington forty-four yard line.
2012 Week 12 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson, after catching a short pass in the first few moments, went out injured and did not return. He might be out for an extended time, but he was probably already out of your lineup anyway.
2011 Week 1 vs STL (12 / 6 / 102 / 1 rec)
Jackson was pretty much everywhere, making catches in double coverage, or finding an opening while Vick scrambled. He made a brilliant looking diving catch in the back corner of end zone, but didn't have full control before landing. The Rams simply couldn't cover him. As long as Vick placed the ball well, he was open enough to do something with it. He and Vick especially seem to see eye to eye when Vick is scrambling.
2011 Week 2 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
DeSean had an inconsistent night due to injuring his forearm early on in the contest. When he was on the field he attracted a lot of attention from the Falcons db's but he used mostly as a decoy in getting Maclin open. Jackson managed just 2 catches (both very early in the game). After the game it was unclear what the extent of his injury was and how long it may linger.
2011 Week 3 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Desean Jackson was almost invisible in this game as he is guilty of dissapearing in a lot of games. He had a short end around to pick up a first down early in the game and two solid gains through the air but his QB did not look to Jackson when a first down was needed. Jackson is a specialty WR that needs a certain game situation and defense to thrive. The Giants made the Eagles gain every yard and never let Jackson get behind them for a quick easy score. The Eagles could not afford to run many deep pass plays due to the Giant pass rush and Jackson was restricted to shorter and more physical routes which does not suit his game.
2011 Week 4 vs SF (9 / 6 / 171 / 0 rec)
Jackson was electrifying in this game, catching two very long bombs from Vick, and just missing another. On one occasion, the Eagles were backed up deep in their own territory, and Vick scrambled and just launched a pass downfield. Jackson hauled it in for 61 yards. He wasn't able to get into the endzone, but that deep threat really opened up the game for Philly. The Vick to Jackson connection was really what made Philly so scary last year, and hopefully these two will keep this up in upcoming weeks.
2011 Week 5 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 86 / 1 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
It started out as a very quiet day for Jackson as he was held to just 1 catch in the first three quarters. On the first play of the fourth quarter, however, Jackson took a short screen pass and weaved his way through the Bills defense for a 31-yard touchdown. He added a couple more nice catches late in the game with the Eagles in comeback mode and wound up finishing with a solid day overall. He also served as the team's primary punt returner in the game and added 27 yards on 2 returns.
2011 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
The one person that may be hurt the most by the Eagles offensive line struggles looks to be DeSean Jackson. Jackson made a great diving catch in coverage in the first quarter for a 23 yard gain, but it was one of only 3 catches on the game, and the only thing close to a deep ball. Jackson was out targeted by both Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, as Michael Vick was focused on getting rid of the ball quickly to short or intermediate targets. Jackson did run a nice route on an 11 yard catch in the third quarter, but was mostly uninvolved in the second half for the Eagles.
2011 Week 8 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson was relatively quiet against the Cowboys, mostly because the Eagles were having so much success running the ball and completing passes down the middle of the field. As a result, Jackson's deep posts and go routes went largely ignored. Jackson did manage to pick up a first down by drawing a holding penalty on the Eagles first scoring drive.
2011 Week 9 vs CHI (8 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Jackson showed on an early reverse that his speed is still there as the Bears defended the play well and he still outran everyone for a 10 yard gain. Unfortunately, that speed was not showcased much throughout the game as the Eagles just cannot protect Mike Vick long enough for Jackson to get open on his trademark deep routes. Thus, his involvement was limited to a few shorter routes, and Jackson only made good on two of those.
2011 Week 11 vs NYG (8 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a very nice game, but it could have been even bigger if not for a taunting penalty on a 50+ yard completion in the first half that nullified the play. Jackson beat CB Corey Webster down the right sideline to make the catch from QB Vince Young, who threw the high, deep pass from his own 2 yard line, but then Jackson tossed the ball to a Giants coach on the sideline and proceeded to taunt the Giants' players on the sideline, drawing the flag. It did seem a little confusing, though, that a post-play unsportsmanlike penalty negated the play that was completed before the infraction occurred. More important than the loss of the big play, though, was that Jackson was in the game for that play and the rest of the game. Jackson had hit his knee and his head on the turf on a prior play, leaving briefly to have the knee looked at on the sideline and to be tested for concussion symptoms in the locker room. This was one of 2 chances for long TDs where Jackson and QB Young were unable to capitalize. The first was a similar play down the left sideline that was badly underthrown by Young, resulting in an interception. Perhaps Jackson's most important plays, though, do not jump out in the box score: a long punt return just before the half set up the first Eagles' TD and a nifty move along the sidelne on 3rd and 4--taking the ball all the way down to the New York 10-yard line set up the second.
2011 Week 12 vs NE (10 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec)
What can be said about Jackson at this point which hasn't already been said? His benching in the fourth quarter merely capped off yet another mediocre effort which appeared to show Jackson was more worried about his contract situation and his health than about winning games. More than once, Jackson short-armed a catch when it appeared he might take a big hit to make the catch. He dropped two passes which should have been touchdowns. Of Jackson's benching, Head Coach Andy Reid said "DeSean has to do a better job" and that he "wanted to give other guys a chance in the fourth quarter." Jackson is hurting his contract potential as well as his team at this point and the moment Jeremy Maclin is healthy, don't be shocked if Jackson goes permanently inactive.
2011 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jackson seems to turning into a malcontent no longer displaying fire and intensity needed to be a game changer in the NFL. Looking hobbled at times with a foot injury or maybe using his limp as a crutch for his poor effort the youngster needs a veteran to pull him to the side and explain to him the responsibilities required of him as a teammate and a professional. Tonight on a couple plays he was quietly tackled in the open field by the first defender, something that rarely happened in the past. With post season hopes extinguished for the Eagles don't allow this Eagle to extinguish your playoffs, he cant be trusted in line ups with this effort/health we saw tonight.
2011 Week 14 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec)
He had a red zone look to start the 2nd quarter but landed 1 yard short of the end zone. Later in the 2nd quarter he got matched up on Yeremiah Bell and took him out of the play and was wide open into the end zone. Jackson was flying up the sideline, turned it in briefly and then broke it back to the front corner of the end zone for a pretty easy touchdown. Philly did not throw a lot of balls after getting up 24-7 and then working the clock in the 2nd half.
2011 Week 15 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Jackson continues to be a minor part of the gameplan. He was also covered by Jets CB Darrelle Revis which added to his troubles. Jackson has been terribly inconsistent, but at least this week avoided any ridiculous penalties.
2011 Week 16 vs DAL (9 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec, 2 / 27 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson looked good and truly dangerous on the field for the first time in perhaps a while as he looked to be more focused and play a lot harder with more speed. Jackson used his world class speed and quickness to gain huge separation from defender that tried to stick with him. QB Vick bought time in the pocket on a number of pass plays and scrambled to allow his WR's to uncover downfield. Jackson was a huge benefit of these plays from Vick and he was easily able to unravel against the Cowboy's defense. He was a big threat over the middle and bailed out his QB when Vick was under immense pressure from Dallas. Jackson also was the benefit of great pass protection on one play that allowed him time to get deep on a corner route and time for QB Vick to find him. Jackson was unable to score as Vick looked elsewhere in the endzone as WR Jackson has not been known as the best redzone target. He often relies on big plays and getting behind the secondary for touchdowns, which he was ultimately unable to use to score on Saturday. Things did look better for Jackson however and if his head is back in the game once and for all, he will remain the threat he has been since entering the league.
2011 Week 17 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 86 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson looked to have his head clearly back in the game on Sunday vs. the Redskins and he brought his game with him this time. Jackson only had 4 catches but made them count including a deep post route down the field for the touchdown. Jackson was double covered but used his elite speed to create separation and was helped by a well thrown and well timed pass from QB Vick. Jackson also hauled in several short passes over the middle including a slant and a deep curl route. The game was out of reach late in the game and the Eagles did not need to throw deep or require Jackson to torch the Redskins like he has done in many previous times. He is still the big play deep threat he always has been since entering the league and just needed to put his contract dispute behind him to be productive for his team. Jackson is a one trick pony at times but it's a very dangerous trick that burns a lot of teams and keeps defensive coordinators up at night.
2010 Week 1 vs GB (11 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson had a modest game in Week 1, catching only four short passes for 30 yards. Both of his quarterbacks (Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick) struggled behind a porous offensive line and under constant pressure from the Packers. Jackson was targeted often (11 times) but many of the throws were uncatchable. Jackson appeared to be open in the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter but a late pass was tipped away before it was able to reach him. Look for Jackson to put up much better numbers against Detroit in Week 2.
2010 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 4 / 135 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jackson showed a great rapport with Vick right from the start with a 45 yard touchdown pass. Jackson caught the pass right in the middle of the defense and used his speed to accelerate and angle his way past everyone and into the end-zone. Jackson also caught a 35 yard pass in the first quarter very similar to Calvin Johnson's no-catch ruling at the end of Week 1. It was ruled he didn't have possession and was overturned, but had it not been, Jackson presumably have approached 170 yards with five receptions and a pair of TDs. Just another day at the office for DeSean Jackson. Keep your fingers crossed if you have him.
2010 Week 3 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 153 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson had a big day against the Jaguars in Week 3, highlighted by two long grabs in Jacksonville. Jackson snagged a 25-yard pass along the right sideline in the first quarter and dashed the rest of the way for a 61-yard touchdown, the 10th 50+ yard score for Jackson in his young career. Jackson later added a 42-yard leaping catch along the left side in the third quarter, pushing him well over the 100-yard mark for the day.
2010 Week 4 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Eagles tried to get the ball in the hands of DeSean Jackson against the Redskins in Week 4, but Washington's secondary had other ideas. Jackson was held to seven official targets and a few of those were not of the catchable variety. Jackson's best chance was when he ran across the field and beat three Redskins to the far sideline but Kolb's pass was off target. Jackson excelled with Kolb under center in the past, so if Kolb gets the start (and the accompanying practice time) for Week 5 expect a better game against San Francisco.
2010 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
San Francisco did a good job of covering DeSean Jackson in Week 5, but it did seem that QB Kevin Kolb was looking for Jeremy Maclin and TE Brent Celek much more than Jackson. Jackson had just three targets on the night, catching just two balls for 24 yards. Jackson also worked as the punt returner and was hit hard in the third quarter, forcing him out of the game for several minutes. Kolb and Jackson have played well together in the past so this may not be a pattern, but the concern is growing that Kolb is not finding Jackson enough.
2010 Week 6 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 34 / 1 rec, 2 / 44 / 1 rush)
The media had talked all week about how DeSean Jackson was not getting enough touches with Kevin Kolb under center, and the Eagles adapted their game plan to get the ball in the hands of their top wideout. Jackson ran an end around for 31 yards for a touchdown on the second offensive play of the game for the Eagles, and then on the second series he ran once again for another 13 yards. On the very next play Kolb went deep to Jackson off of play action, hitting him in the middle of the end zone for a 34-yard score. Jackson's big day ended in a very unfortunate manner in the second quarter as he went across the middle and was hit extremely hard by Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson. Both players were down for several minutes and then left the game. Jackson's early diagnosis is a severe concussion which will likely keep him out in Week 7's game against the Titans. Philadelphia is on a bye in Week 8 so the Eagles are likely to rest Jackson in hopes of getting him back in three weeks.
2010 Week 9 vs IND (8 / 7 / 109 / 1 rec, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson returned to the starting lineup after suffering a concussion in Week 6 and looked as good as new, pulling down catch after catch against the Indianapolis Colts. Jackson got free for a touchdown to start the game over the middle and later broke free deep as Michael Vick hit him in stride for a 58-yard gain. Jackson was a key contributor to close out the game as a rusher as well, running two end-arounds with the Eagles trying to run out the clock in the final two minutes. Jackson sported a new helmet (for concussion protection) and returned only one punt but by and large he looks to be back and ready to play the rest of the year as a top notch receiver.
2010 Week 10 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 98 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jackson ran a go route on the 1st play of the game for an 88 yard TD grab. On the play he flashed his terrific speed and balance to reel it in and score. Throughout the remainder of the game he was targeted just twice more catching a single pass and rushing the ball for a short gain.
2010 Week 11 vs NYG (10 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
This week there were no explosive plays for DeSean Jackson that resulted in 40+ yard touchdown catches, but Jackson could well have had one if Vick hadn't slightly overthrown him. Jackson is a fiery competitor and showed it with his performance against the Giants. Instead of deep passes, Jackson worked in the short to intermediate range for Vick. Jackson and the Eagles receivers were more or less held in check by a Giants defensive backfield that played very aggressive football.
2010 Week 12 vs CHI (5 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson struggled to get open against the Chicago Bears in Week 12, finishing the game with only two catches and 26 total yards. Jackson did add one rush on an end-around but for the most part the Bears' coverage left him frustrated. Chicago kept both safeties well off the line of scrimmage, dropping them back over 20 yards on most snaps. Jackson was dressed down by both Vick and head coach Andy Reid for his lack of intensity and performance in the game. With all things considered, look for a big bounce back effort next week against a terrible Houston secondary on Thursday night.
2010 Week 13 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 84 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson had a quiet 84 yard night on just three catches, starting with the first pass play for the Eagles on their opening drive where QB Michael Vick found him wide open over the middle for a 30-yard gain. Jackson book-ended his night with a 33-yard catch down the right seam in open spaces in the fourth quarter, but the pass was thrown late and behind him. Had Jackson grabbed it over the shoulder and in stride it would have been good for a 44-yard touchdown, but since Jackson had to stop and catch it the Houston defense had a chance to close in and hit him at the Texan's 11-yard line. That hit proved to be costly as Jackson winced from the contact to his back, although Jackson was able to line up and play the rest of the game. He is likely sore after the game but he will have three extra days to rest up for the Week 14 contest in Dallas.
2010 Week 14 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 210 / 1 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Jackson had a game for the ages on Sunday night, gaining 216 yards from scrimmage, the third most ever by a Philadelphia Eagle. Amazingly, Jackson had his big day on just 5 touches (four receptions and one rush on an end around). Jackson caught on a 60 yard deep ball on the game's first play, a 37 yard reception on a hitch pattern to the left, a 22 yard reception on a crossing pattern, and a 91 yard touchdown reception that put the Eagles ahead for good. On the 37 yard reception, Jackson somehow found himself matched up with linebacker Keith Brooking and likely wold have scored had the ball been a step further ahead of him. On the 91 yard reception, Jackson lined up left, ran a hitch route, and caught the ball and turned upfield when the defender dove for the inbound pass. Amazingly, Jackson was playing with an injured ankle yet somehow managed to outrun the Dallas defense for the score. Jackson capped off the long play with a celebration that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Jackson and Jeremy Maclin seem to trade big plays, yet on Sunday Michael Vick and Jackson were clearly on the same page as they hooked up four times. Interestingly, Vick's ability to run the ball has created the effect of defenses keeping a safety closer to the line of scrimmage. This allows Jackson a better opportunity to get behind the defense and create big plays with his speed.
2010 Week 15 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson was a big part of the Eagles' come from behind victory over the New York Giants in Week 15, with his biggest contribution coming as a punt returner. Jackson ran back the final play of the game for the first game-winning punt return in the history of the NFL. Jackson was limited to no catches in the first half but started to warm up in the third quarter with a late nine-yard catch. He added two more receptions in the fourth quarter, including a 30-yard catch over the middle where he was ruled to have fumbled the ball away - but replay showed that he should have been down by contact. Inexplicably head coach Andy Reid did not challenge the play so the fumble stood. All was forgotten less than 15 minutes later as Jackson's touchdown sealed the victory.
2010 Week 16 vs MIN (12 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson led all Eagles with 12 targets, but he only was able to catch two passes for a total of 32 yards in Week 16. Jackson was open several times deep for what would have been huge touchdowns but QB Michael Vick lacked the time in the pocket to throw a good ball to him for the score. Jackson had another would be touchdown tipped away late in the fourth quarter on a slant in the Red Zone. Expect most of the Eagles to rest next week with nothing at stake in Week 17.
2010 Week 18 vs GB (4 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)
Jackson's injury really hurt his team in the first half, as without his speed, the entire offense loses a huge part of who they are. However, he came back onto the field in the 2nd half and made a few nice plays, including a very impressive 28 yard reception up the right sideline where he showcased his jaw-dropping speed. He also had the aforementioned 19 yard reception on the final drive where he ran a quick slant, made his defender miss, and took it right up the middle of the field. You have to wonder why more plays like that aren't run, with his speed.
2009 Week 1 vs CAR (7 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec, 2 / 33 / 0 rush)
Jackson had a much bigger day than the stat sheet really said against the Panthers in Week 1. With the Eagles leading in a tight game at 10-7, Jackson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown that started Philadelphia's scoring explosion. Jackson even ran the Wildcat formation a few times, either handing off inside to Brian Westbrook or running the ball himself. Jackson had a long 25 yard end around, one of two attempts at that play. The second demonstrated Jackson's increased football knowledge as he fumbled the exchange but knocked the ball out of bounds, keeping the ball in the Eagles' possession. Unfortunately Jackson also showed some signs of inexperience as well, picking up an excessive celebration penalty after TE Brent Celek's touchdown.
2009 Week 2 vs NO (9 / 4 / 101 / 1 rec, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Jackson blew the doors off of the Saints' secondary on the Eagles' first possession, getting wide open over the middle of the field deep and catching a perfect strike from Kevin Kolb in stride for a 71-yard touchdown. His production quickly diminished as New Orleans tried to keep him in check, but the Eagles still got the ball in his hands from multiple Wildcat formations and plays that often employed Jackson as the recipient of the direct snap. Jackson had three carries out of the formation and was also used in end arounds, flips back to Kolb and also handoffs to Westbrook. Jackson aggravated his groin injury, so keep track of his status this week if you own him.
2009 Week 3 vs KC (10 / 6 / 149 / 1 rec)
Jackson showed no signs of a groin injury against the Chiefs in Week 3, once again leading all Eagles in targets, catches and yards. He was even healthy enough to return punts against Kansas City. Jackson was open consistently over the middle against the Chiefs, breaking open for long gainers all afternoon. His biggest play came in the second quarter on a short slant pass over the middle where Jackson split two defenders and burst past the safety for a 64-yard touchdown. Jackson is elevating his game and could easily be considered a fantasy WR1 at this early point of his career.
2009 Week 5 vs TB (3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson was expected to have a big game against Tampa Bay in Week 5, but the Buccaneer defense decided to cover him well and force Donovan McNabb to look elsewhere and try and beat them - which he did. Jackson's coverage only afforded him three official targets on the day, with one of them connecting for a one-yard catch late in the fourth quarter. He also lost a 16-yard catch on a ticky-tack offensive pass interference call in the first quarter (his unofficial target). Jackson was minimized by Tampa Bay because they viewed him as the key playmaker in the passing game, but now with Jeremy Maclin stepping up and also Brent Celek showing he can produce on a weekly basis defenses cannot game plan to focus too much on Jackson. Next week is a tough matchup against Oakland, but Jackson should be able to get his fair share going forward.
2009 Week 6 vs OAK (12 / 6 / 94 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson tried to stretch the field and get open for Donovan McNabb but the two were just off on each attempt to go deep. Jackson did end the game as the top receiver as far as yardage in Week 6 and also the most targeted, but the Raiders kept him in check while McNabb was under enough pressure to keep the two from having a much bigger day. Jackson also was hit out of bounds after one of his punt returns and was injured briefly but he returned to the contest and should be fine for next week.
2009 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 2 / 69 / 1 rec, 1 / 67 / 1 rush)
Jackson barely touched the ball on offense vs. the Redskins, but even a handful of opportunities is more than enough for this natural playmaker. He flashed a fifth gear to score on an end around from 67 yards out, and then got behind Carlos Rogers with a double move to score on a 57 yard pass play. Jackson briefly left with a foot strain, but it doesn't appear that he'll miss time with this injury.
2009 Week 8 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 78 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson continues to put up big numbers based on huge plays, this time scoring on a 54-yard touchdown strike from Donovan McNabb in the second quarter. That catch, combined with two others, completed his 78 yard receiving day. Jackson easily could have had more production against the Giants in Week 8 but with a sizable lead the Eagles chose to throttle down the offense and run the ball more in the second half. Jackson has scored six touchdowns this year, all over 50 yards in length. He looks to be 100% healthy and ready to perform on Sunday Night Football next week against the Cowboys.
2009 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
DeSean Jackson was blanketed all night by Dallas, but some of the issue with Jackson not getting more catches and yards in Week 9 was the inaccuracy by Donovan McNabb. Jackson had just five targets and was unable to shake free to get open deep like he had been doing all season to this point, and McNabb was erratic all night, throwing too high and too hard on several instances. One of Jackson's targets bounced off of his outstretched hand over the middle where Jackson had to reach back for it despite being wide open. The ball bounced away and went for an interception on a play that typified the frustration for both Eagles.
2009 Week 10 vs SD (16 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)
Jackson had a very solid game, but was unable to break free in the deep secondary thanks to the style of defense the Chargers typically employ. They give up a lot of the underneath passes, but rarely are beaten over the top for deep passes, and Jackson was the latest to find this out. In a testament to his ability, he adapted extremely well and attached the Chargers on intermediate routes and crossing patterns instead. Most of his receptions were of the shorter variety, but he made the plays and moved the chains when he was needed.
2009 Week 11 vs CHI (10 / 8 / 107 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
It's no secret at this point that DeSean Jackson is a tremendous deep threat on any given week for the Eagles. He has caught 4 TD's of great than 50 yards already this season. In week 11, QB Donovan McNabb utilized Jackson out of the slot on short slant routes often. This may have lulled the Bears secondary a bit though as Jackson abused safety Al Afalava in single coverage for a long 48 yard TD. Jackson ended leading the Eagles across the board this week (targets, catches and yards). He is still prone to a boneheaded play every now and then, highlighted by getting the ball knocked loose after a catch. He is starting to really cement himself as not only a tremendous talent, but a true week after week fantasy starter for his owners.
2009 Week 12 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 41 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson caught two passes including a 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter where he was wide open, all alone at the goal line, just waiting for the ball to come down into his awaiting hands for the score. The touchdown was the shortest of the season for Jackson, which speaks well to his big play abilities. A big concern arose in the second half as Jackson was hit on a helmet-to-helmet tackle and had to leave the game. Jackson did not return after that collision and word now is that he may have a concussion and could miss some playing time.
2009 Week 14 vs NYG (7 / 6 / 178 / 1 rec)
DeSean Jackson returned to the starting lineup for Philadelphia in Week 14 and he immediately paid dividends with two touchdowns, one each as a receiver and as a kick returner. Jackson found the end zone on two plays that went for over 60 yards apiece. He was also the key receiver for the Eagles, especially with Jeremy Maclin out, and New York knew this - and Jackson still got open for catches the entire contest. Jackson was wide open deep down the field several times, catching passes of 44 and 32 yards to compliment his 60-yard touchdown catch.
2009 Week 15 vs SF (10 / 6 / 140 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson was open all over the field once again in Week 15, getting free early and often against the 49ers. Jackson scored a touchdown early on a nice 19-yard catch and run in the Red Zone for his shortest touchdown of the season. Never one to disappoint, Jackson did put up a big catch later in the fourth quarter, getting free deep for a 59-yard catch before he was forced out of bounds. Jackson took advantage of free releases off of the line of scrimmage and either settled into voids in the defense or just ran through it completely. Jackson topped 100 yards for the fifth time this year and become the first Eagle to post 140 yards receiving in consecutive games since Mike Quick way back in 1985.
2009 Week 16 vs DEN (10 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson collected four balls in the first half including a nice two-yard crossing route for a touchdown in the first quarter as Jackson helped the Eagles to a sixth consecutive victory. Jackson was matched up all day with Champ Bailey and he did get open but McNabb's accuracy left him in the second half as McNabb missed Jackson a few times when he did break free. Jackson is positioned well to have another strong performance next week at Dallas in a game that will decide the NFC East champion.
2009 Week 17 vs DAL (8 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
DeSean Jackson struggled against Dallas, catching only three of his eight Week 17 targets. Jackson grabbed a nice 32-yard gain on a crossing route for his only catch in the first half as he and Donovan McNabb were not on the same page against the Cowboys. Jackson was open deep in the second quarter, getting behind the coverage but McNabb overthrew him on what would have been a 63-yard touchdown. Jackson and McNabb will have to cook up better plays for next Saturday's playoff rematch.
2009 Week 18 vs DAL (7 / 3 / 14 / 1 rec)
Jackson got one deep target when the game was in question, but Mike Jenkins peeled off his man and joined the play to break up the pass. He scored with an open field move on a short pass near the goal line, but by then the game's outcome was no longer in question.
2008 Week 1 vs STL (10 / 6 / 106 / 0 rec)
The highly touted rookie came to play and did not disappoint his fans. He caught six balls for 106 yards. He set the tone for the entire game as he hauled in a 47 yarder to start the game. Jackson displayed excellent hands as several of his catches were in tight coverage. It will be interesting to see how Jackson will be used once Brown and Curtis return to the Eagles line up.
2008 Week 2 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 110 / 0 rec)
Jackson made one of the more memorable boneheaded plays in recent memory. He caught what appeared to be a beautiful 61 yard touchdown pass from QB Donovan McNabb on a perfectly thrown deep ball, but Jackson appeared to drop the ball before the goal line as he started to celebrate. The play was challenged and it was determined he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. The ball was given to Philadelphia on the one yard line. Jackson did have an exceptional game as led the team in receiving with six catches and 110 yards receiving.
2008 Week 3 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Jackson was not a major factor this week coming off previous big games. His small stature presents problems for him being able to break tackles and he could not find much open space against the normally physical Steelers' secondary. 18 of his total yards came on one play.
2008 Week 4 vs CHI (10 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec, 2 / 35 / 0 rush)
Despite fellow WR Reggie Brown's impressive game in the wake of injury, Jackson remained the apparent favorite of QB Donovan McNabb's esteemed targets. In addition to being targeted the most out of anyone on the team, the rookie was also called upon in the running game - being given two end around handoffs that resulted in 21 and 14 yard gains. Jackson finished the night with 106 yards from scrimmage and one receiving TD. On the punt returning side of the ball, Jackson did manage to make two mistakes. One came on a muffed punt early in the second quarter and the other was a misjudged no catch on a ball that rolled to a stop out of bounds at the Eagles four yard line. All in all though, it was another impressive showing for the rookie wide out.
2008 Week 5 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Jackson caught only one pass for eight yards. He was not targeted after halftime. He ran an end around and a reverse for a total of 13 yards. Jackson's big play ability was highlighted when he returned a punt for a 68 yard touchdown in the first quarter.
2008 Week 6 vs SF (10 / 6 / 98 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
WR DeSean Jackson appeared to be injured late in the second half and did not return. He was a big threat for the Eagles throughout the game including a 26 yard catch down the sideline where he just managed to get both feet in bounds as he caught the ball at the seven yard line. He caught two balls just out of bounds including one that would have been a touchdown. He also had one reception that he brought down to the opponent's two yard line.
2008 Week 8 vs ATL (9 / 3 / 72 / 0 rec)
Jackson was only able to catch three of his nine targets on the day. He was targeted deep on the majority of his looks. His three receptions all went for over 20 yards and he still appears to be the Eagles biggest threat outside of Westbrook.
2008 Week 9 vs SEA (7 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
The dynamic Jackson was used in a number of ways to try and get him in the open field and was tied with RB Brian Westbrook for second on the team with 8 targets. His first touch was on an end around that went nowhere, but his second was on a short crossing route that saw Jackson demonstrate the elusiveness of a pinball as he zig-zagged through the defense for a 15 yard gain that set up an Eagle TD on the next play. Even given his playmaking ability, and the Eagles' interest in exploiting it, however, Jackson was unable to haul in many of the passes thrown his way, and that limited his stats on the day.
2008 Week 10 vs NYG (9 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec, 3 / 24 / 1 rush)
Jackson lined up at quarterback on the team's second play from scrimmage and took a direct snap to the outside for a nine yard touchdown run that put the Eagles up 7-0. Later on in the first half, the wide out received a couple of more rushes on end around plays that went for a combine total of 15 yards. In addition to his success rushing the ball, Jackson was also the team's leading receiver and had longer receptions of 17, 17 and 32 yards. He was the intended receiver on QB Donovan McNabb's only interception of the game.
2008 Week 11 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
The dynamic Jackson was again given numerous and various opportunities to use his speed and elusiveness to make plays. In the rushing game he received two touches that he failed to do anything with (one actually appeared to be a play designed to allow him to throw the ball downfield.) In the passing game, however, he made much more of an impact as he converted on half of his targets and ended the day as the Eagles second highest gainer in receiving yards. The highlights of Jackson's day ware a pair of second quarter receptions. On the first he found a hole in the defense to gain 17 yards on third and 11. On the second, Jackson hauled in a 25 yard reception at the right sideline and stepped out of bounds to stop the clock. Jackson was targeted on a long pass early in the fourth quarter, and it would have been a TD had Bengals DB Leon Hall not made an impressive defensive play to break it up.
2008 Week 12 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Jackson led the Eagles in targets on the day with ten, and most of them (seven) came in the final quarter. By that point the Eagles were in free-fall mode and were looking more and more to the passing game for help. During that quarter, Jackson seemed to establish a bit of a rhythm with new QB Kevin Kolb and was targeted on five out of the six pass plays during the only sustained drive that the Eagles managed in the second half. On that fourth quarter drive, Jackson hauled in all four of the passes thrown his way and amassed 44 yards. Unfortunately, the single pass he didn't catch was an end-zone target that Raven safety Ed Reed intercepted and ran back 108 yards for a score. In the rushing game, Jackson received a single carry when he took a direct snap early in the third quarter and ran to the left for a twelve yard gain. It seems that no matter who is under center for the Eagles, Jackson is a weapon that the coaching staff will continue to try and exploit.
2008 Week 13 vs ARI (8 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
For a guy who had a solid but unspectacular stat line, Jackson certainly made his presence felt in this game in a major way. Facing a long third and 23 situation midway through the third quarter, Jackson caught a quick pass and looked to be out of room. But he quickly sprinted for the sideline and turned upfield. He outraced several Arizona defenders to the first down marker, and picked up 24 yards to keep the chains moving. He might have scored on the play but he couldn't keep his balance as he tip-toed down the sideline. That drive resulted in a Brian Westbrook on the very next play. Jackson celebrated with a flying chest bump for head coach Andy Reid, who didn't move an inch. Later in the fourth quarter, Jackson added a touchdown of his own. He caught a short pass from McNabb but almost didn't get in. He had a blocker helping out near the goal line and eventually found a hold just big enough to reach out and stick the ball across for the score. It wasn't all good for Jackson as he muffed a punt midway through the third quarter. He mistakenly thought a teammate had touched the ball and was trying to dive on it to maintain possession, so it's tough to assign blame for that. But a turnover is still a turnover.
2008 Week 14 vs NYG (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / -9 / 0 rush)
Jackson had a quiet game on offense seeing only three targets and failing to record a reception. Against the pass rush of New York he seemed to be a clear third to fourth option on passing plays as McNabb relied on the quick and safe passes to his back and tight ends.
2008 Week 15 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Jackson had an interesting night. On one hand, he was productive in catching five of the six passes thrown his way for 77 yards. However, he did throw an interception on his only attempt from the Wildcat formation on a pass into the end zone that he drastically under-threw.
2008 Week 16 vs WAS (8 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
As mentioned above, it was a forgettable game for the rookie. He displayed some good route running and was able to generate some separation on his routes. However, it was his hands that let him down. There was a pair of potential long gains that he was not able to come up with despite being in good position to make the catch.
2008 Week 17 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)
Jackson had just two grabs for 46 yards. His stats were a result of Philadelphia not needing to pass due to the lopsided score.
2008 Week 18 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Jackson received three targets in the passing game, but finished with just one reception for 34 yards. He was used on an end around, but carried the ball for just two yards on the play.
2008 Week 19 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
Jackson received seven targets and came down with four receptions for 81 yards, including a 48 yard reception that helped set up a Philadelphia field goal. One pass intended for Jackson was picked off and three of his receptions resulted in Eagles first downs.
2008 Week 20 vs ARI (10 / 6 / 92 / 1 rec)
Jackson was targeted once in the first half as fellow rookie Rodgers-Cromartie had coverage. Jackson found another way to contribute early in game following the Cardinal interception when he forced a fumble after an Arizona interception and enabled Philadelphia to regain possession at their 25 yard line. In the second half, he beat Rodgers-Cromartie on a juggling 62 yard touchdown pass which put the Eagles ahead briefly.