The Super Bowl champs from just 2 years ago are down a starting receiver. DeSean Jackson suffered a broken left ring finger during Tuesday’s practice. It should hold the speedster out for approximately 3-4 weeks. However, it is reported Jackson has intentions of playing through the pain for Philadelphia’s week 1 matchup verses the Washington Redskins, which is just ten days away.
A franchise with lofty expectations heading into the ’19-’20 season has been plagued by a slough injuries. Defensive starters Nigel Bradham and Fletcher Cox haven’t seen any action for months, while starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, has been held out of competitive play since December ’18. Adding to that laundry list, starting guard Brandon Brooks has been inactive, as he is still recovering from a torn Achilles. Offensive starters, Lane Johnson and Dallas Goedert have unfortunately sustained injuries during pre-season play. The Eagles will be incapable of performing at maximum potential with important contributors sitting on the sidelines.
From Jackson’s point of view, this is not an ideal start for asecond go around with his initial franchise. Jackson’s quarterbacks during his first tenure with the Eagles were primarily Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. Those previously listed individuals aren’t directly comparable to current Eagles’ quarterback, Carson Wentz. Wentz has more capable arm talent and doesn’t need to escape the pocket as frequently, due to his sizeable frame.
With a scrambling quarterback like Michael Vick, Jackson was expected to break off routes to help his under-duress quarterback. Wentz will incentivize Jackson to not “freestyle” as much, running his routes from start to finish. For that concept to work well, Jackson and Wentz must be on the same page. Every break, cut, and hesitation must be accounted for. Jackson has always be heralded as one of the fastest receivers in the league. By no means is he considered slow, but it is expected for him to lose a step or two at age 32. This chemistry is imperative for the success of the Eagles and isn’t something that is garnered overnight.