The Eagles are hoping to phase DeSean Jackson out of the punt return business. While they aren’t ready to say he won’t be returning any punts this season, they are hoping to find somebody that can handle most – if not all – of the punt return duties.
"DeSean will return some, but we’ll primarily focus him on offense, and hopefully find a guy that can do what he can do," special teams coach Bobby April said Tuesday morning.
This takes a little bit of a hit on Jackson's value. He's a hit or miss fantasy player who makes big plays one week, but can disappear the next. Hopefully with a new contract, a more focuses Jackson can also be more consistent for fantasy owners. He's likely to still see punt return duty, like late in a game the Eagles may be trailing or tied. But it seems like eventually they'd like to keep him concentrating on his WR skills.