With Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson‘s name swirling around in trade rumors, we decided to make a list of the top ten reasons why he could/should be a Jet.
10. WR1 hole left by release of Santonio Holmes
Although the Jets signed former Bronco’s wide receiver Eric Decker, the team still lacks a number one receiver. Adding a player like DeSean Jackson would do two things: 1 – give the Jets a number one receiver (debatable) and 2 – replace the role that Santonio Holmes played under Marty Mornhinweg… Whether that’s an X or Y receiver is irrelevant. Jackson played the same role under his former coach as an Eagle.
9. Punt return specialist
DeSean Jackson is a mean punt returner. The one return that comes to mind is his walk-off punt return to beat the Giants. I don’t think anyone forgets that play (Miracle at the Meadowlands II).
The Jets could use an electrifying returner like Jackson. Even if he doesn’t reach the end zone the entire season, the field position alone would be a huge boost for the special teams and offense.
8. Ability to stretch the field
Being a number one receiver isn’t important unless you’re a player like Calvin Johnson. For other dominant wide receivers, like Jackson, it’s just a label. DeSean can take the top off the defense, as some like to say. He can stretch the field, which would really help Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, and others get open on the underneath routes. Jackson is the type of player that defensive coaches stress about. You might have heard the term, “He keeps a coach up at night”. This is exactly what DeSean Jackson does. The entire offense benefits from Jackson’s presence, alone.
7. Good $ spent for the Jets (excluding the headaches)
Jackson is durable for the most part. Besides being a pain in the butt, Jackson would be a solid purchase by John Idzik. If a restructured deal or signing by the Jets allows the team to walk away from Jackson, similar to his current deal, it’s well worth the risk. When you weigh risk vs. reward, it’s a no brainer.
6. Explosive plays
As I stated earlier, Jackson has big play ability. This is something the Jets offense really lacked last season.
They ranked 31st in the league in passing. Adding DeSean Jackson and Eric Decker, not to mention a potential draft pick (Eric Ebron), looks like a great makeover for a team that desperately needs change on the offensive side of the ball. Eric Decker will bring size, Jermey Kerley will bring shiftiness, and DeSean Jackson brings explosiveness.
Take the jump with us to page 2 to see the top five reasons why DeSean could end up a Jet…