DeSean Jackson Fantasy News
Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:20pm
Maclin's return makes the Eagles' depth chart after DeSean Jackson rather murky. When healthy, Maclin is better than Riley Cooper, but the ACL injury is a worry. Still, Maclin is just 25 years old and since he injured his knee before the season, he should be close to 100 percent in 2014. His ADP will land in the middle rounds (6th-9th). By taking the one-year deal, Maclin will be highly motivated to produce big numbers so he can cash in next spring.
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Dwayne Bowe wants to play leaner in 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:03am
There’s a belief that Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 221 pounds, could take a major step toward doing just that by having a strong offseason of conditioning, something that Bowe himself acknowledged during the radio interview.
“One thing I want to work on — my endurance,” Bowe said. “I was really, really tired that last game.”
Bowe said he plans on changing the way he eats, though he didn’t provide details. He said he played this year between 212 and 214 pounds but hopes to report to camp a little lighter to better fit the offense.
“I probably want to play at 208 and try to be as quick and swift as possible, because that’s the kind of receivers that Andy had when he was in Philly,” Bowe said. “I’d like to be more explosive and faster than I was this season. I just want to work on my work ethic a little more and become quicker and faster so I can be like DeSean Jackson and those speedy, quick guys.”
Bowe finished the season as the #44 fantasy WR, but was the #26 wideout from Week 11 to Week 16. (The Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17.) Bowe also posted 8-150-1 against the Colts in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, so there is some reason for optimism heading into 2014. Bowe also revealed that he has a small crack in his foot (which he calls a third-degree sprain) that won't require surgery.
Eagles unlikely to redo D-Jax's deal
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:58am
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is slated to earn $10.25 million in 2014, but only $250,000 is guaranteed and he won’t see that money until the season starts when he’s paid on a weekly basis. When he signed his new contract in March 2012, $10 million of $15 million guaranteed came up front in a signing bonus.
(Jackson’s 2015 ($9.75 million) and 2016 ($8.25 million) base salaries are not guaranteed.)
Last season, he made $6.75 million in base salary, $4 million of which was guaranteed. But the salary cap number was $9 million and jumps to $12.5 million in 2014.
There has been speculation that the Eagles may be open to restructuring Jackson’s deal to lower the 2014 salary cap number in exchange for more guaranteed money. While that is possible, it is also unlikely to happen, the source said.
Jackson's 2014 salary is the 4th-highest among WRs, but if he suffers a career-ending injury next season, he will only see a small portion of the $30+ million he is owed over the remainder of his contract. It remains to be seen if this will impact Jackson's play. He has been known to grow "alligator arms" when he's worried about getting injured.
DeSean Jackson wants to re-negotiate his contract
Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:17pm
Jackson signed a five-year, $48.25341 million contract extension in March of 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus. He earned $6.75 million this past year and is scheduled to earn base salaries of $10.25 million in 2014 and $9.75 million in both 2015 and 2016, along with $250,000 workout bonuses each year.
Jackson is due $30.5 million over the next three years in base salary and workout bonuses but not including incentive bonuses.
The deal was negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus, who no longer represents Jackson. Jackson’s agent is now Joel Segal.
“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said at his locker in the NovaCare Complex on locker cleanout day. “We’ll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary.
“But I definitely feel like it’s deserving. I’m proven in this league, and after this past year, went out there, no distractions, and just really put it all in for my team and went out there and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”
The contract raised a few eyebrows when it was signed mainly because it paid Jackson as if he were a focused pro (which even he would admit he wasn't at the time). Now that he's become one, he is looking for more than the $30.5 million he's set to make over the next three seasons in base salary. He will be the 4th-highest paid WR without a raise. This will be a situation to monitor.
Kelly: Eagles won't rest starters if Dallas wins
Monday, December 16, 2013, 2:28pm
If the Cowboys win at 1 p.m. over the Redskins, the 8:30 Sunday night game becomes meaningless for the Eagles, and the division comes down to a Week 17 showdown between the teams. If the Cowboys lose, an Eagles win over the Bears clinches the division. It's something to think about for owners of Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, though. It's one thing for Kelly to say this on a Monday before the game, but when you're looking at a meaningless game, it's possible Kelly could change his mind and make sure everyone is healthy for Week 17. A terrible Eagles performance last week against the Vikings keeps hope that Kelly goes the distance with his horses, but this is something to monitor.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:41am
Out of nowhere, out of an incident that could have torn the Eagles apart before Chip Kelly had coached his first game, WR Riley Cooper has emerged as perhaps the most pleasant surprise of their season: 28 receptions; seven touchdowns; a gaudy 19.8 yards per catch; and, most important, a group of teammates who were willing to accept him again.
"I'm so proud of him," wide receiver Jason Avant said. "Only he and I know some of the conversations we've had or some of the things that transpired that could have had him down. But he's definitely overcome a lot of things."
No one but Cooper knows whether he has truly changed in the wake of his telling a black security guard at Lincoln Financial Field that he would "fight every n- here," and in a way, we don't have to know.
Everyone carries some amount of prejudice, however small, within his or her heart. No one is immune. No adult is an innocent. As offensive as Cooper's language was, what matters now is that he understood he was wrong, that he has not repeated the behavior, and that his teammates were forthright both in condemning what he said and allowing him the opportunity to repair his relationships with them.
Cooper has exploded this season since QB Nick Foles has taken over. Cooper's numbers with Foles are impressive: 15 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs in about a game-and-a-quarter of work this season. The two have played a lot together on the second team while Foles was behind Michael Vick and Cooper behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:52am
The Eagles have 25 offensive TDs this season, and are averaging an astondingly low 1:48 in time of possession on those drives. They are the fastest scoring team in the NFL, by a mile.
Amazingly, the Eagles' longest drive of the season was 3:58. There are 5 teams who average at least 3:58 per scoring drive.
The story points out the Eagles hurry-up offense has a lot to do with faster drives. However, the Eagles have more explosive plays (plays of 20+ yards) than any other team in the NFL, and the next closest team, the Broncos, is 12 plays off the Eagles' pace (The Eagles have not yet had their bye, which also factors in). Unfortunately for the Eagles, they have been inconsistent, going two full games without an offensive score. Any kind of consistency this season and who know what we'd be seeing from guys like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy in terms of fantasy production. But under HC Chip Kelly for just his first year, the consistency could eventually come...
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 11:39am
I’m not sure if Jackson will get in the end zone more in 2013, but I think he’ll set career highs in catches and receiving yards. Kelly is no dummy. His offense will be based on getting the ball in his playmakers’ hands, and that means plenty of touches for Jackson.
Defenses will often be forced to bring a safety up, because if they don’t, Kelly will run the ball all day long. That should mean more opportunities for Jackson to do what he does best: get deep.
Jackson has been a standout in the offseason and it seems like he could be one of the players to really benefit from Chip Kelly's offensive system. Jackson is a big-play player, but with that often comes inconsistency - big points one week and just about nothing the next. Right now, he's still best suited as a WR3 until we see that change.
Beat: Brent Celek going to be a 'big part' of passing game
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:14pm
Despite playing 82 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Celek was targeted just 83 times last year. That was just five fewer than wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who only played in 11 games. That will change this year. In Chip Kelly's offense, the tight ends seldom are asked to stay in and block on pass plays.
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 12:34pm
Cooper has sleeper potential, but likely won't see enough targets to be fantasy relevant in Chip Kelly's run-oriented offense. Over the last two seasons, Cooper averaged fantasy WR4 numbers in games where he saw 5+ targets.
Monday, August 12, 2013, 4:56pm
He just looks different. You don’t have to watch DeSean Jackson very long to tell.
Physically, yeah, he looks different. A little bigger, a little more defined, maybe even a little faster now that he’s healthy again.
Then watch him practice. This is no longer the kid out of Cal who had so much natural talent he could afford to take a shortcut here and there on the practice field. This is no longer the kid out of Cal who relied only on his pure speed to define his game.
Watch Jackson this whole summer, and you realize there’s a new aura about him, a new vibe. Somehow, he’s now one of the most senior players on the roster, and there’s a seriousness about his game now, a work ethic and veteran approach that wasn’t always present in the past.
Jackson has drawn praise all camp as the Eagles best player. He caught a 54-yard bomb from Michael Vick for a TD against the Pats on Friday night. We rank him as a WR3, 27th on our list. He's always struggled to put up consistent fantasy production, but he's looking more and more like a nice value pick in Chip Kelly's offense in the middle rounds.
Eagles WR2 spot Russell Shepard's to lose
Monday, August 5, 2013, 4:09pm
With Jeremy Maclin out for the year, Riley Cooper off somewhere getting help and B.J. Cunningham released with an injury waiver, Russell Shepard has found himself working with the Eagles’ starting offense at wide receiver across from two-time Pro Bowl pick DeSean Jackson.
Running with the starters in August and starting in September are two different things, but Shepard has certainly opened up a lot of eyes going into the preseason opener Friday against the Patriots at the Linc.
Shepard is taking advantage of no Maclin or Cooper at camp right now. Arrelious Benn has just returned from injury, but at this point is way behind.