DeSean Jackson getting more work on punt returns

AP

Lost in the din of new quarterbacks and new music, the Eagles had some other interesting stuff happening yesterday, including the return of one of their biggest playmakers to special teams.

DeSean Jackson was among the players practicing during punt return drills, taking him back to an area he’s been away from the last two years.

“Punt return is going to be a big factor,” Jackson said, via Sheil Kapadia of Phillymag.com. “Kind of bring my niche back out there and help that punt return team. Not only that, just go out there and make plays, get that electrifying unit back, to be able to go out there and score touchdowns at any given time.”

Jackson scored four touchdowns on punt returns his first three seasons, averaging 15.2 yards per return in 2009. But he only had one attempt last year.

Jeremy Maclin and last year’s return man Damaris Johnson were also out there yesterday, but Jackson sounded like he was fine with getting back to his roots.

“He wanted me to be back there and me wanting to be back there myself,” Jackson said of coach Chip Kelly. “I think last year, being able to have Damaris come in here and take on that role helped me out a lot. But at the end of the day too, I still missed a lot of those opportunities where I was able to do things in the past where if it was a 20-yard run, 50-yard run, whatever… if it was a touchdown. I mean those were things that helped the offense out, and you really don’t realize it, but they help out a lot.”

Jackson has shown big-play ability on offense and special teams, and it’s no surprise that figuring out a way to get the ball in his hands is one of Kelly’s first priorities. Most receivers get tired of doing it as they become bigger parts of the offense, but if Jackson’s on board, it’s something the Eagles should explore.

16 responses to “DeSean Jackson getting more work on punt returns

  1. A potential injury returning punts doesn’t even remotely come close to outweighing the potential benefits of putting Desean back there. Who wouldn’t want to see that every game?

    As for the offense, Chip Kelly is going to stress flawless execution and quicker throws…as opposed to the backyard ball Vick has been putting out there under Andy Reid. It’s only May and somehow the anticipation of this new-look season is getting to me.

  2. For second rate teams like the Eagles, it is big news when a mediocre receiver who might be a part time player for a third place team goes back to returning punts. I am so proud to be a Redskins fan. We never have to worry about things like that. Our concerns are things like which Redskin will be next year’s Super Bowl MVP.

  3. dallassux says:
    May 14, 2013 12:55 PM
    Giants fans just cringed
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    Giants don’t have Matt Dodge any more.

    Eagles fans just cringed.

  4. logicailvoicesays says:
    May 14, 2013 1:13 PM
    For second rate teams like the Eagles, it is big news when a mediocre receiver who might be a part time player for a third place team goes back to returning punts. I am so proud to be a Redskins fan. We never have to worry about things like that, BECAUSE THE REDSKINS ARE USUALLY IN LAST PLACE.

  5. finally, our special teams all around has been horrible as of late but good news we wont be starting drives from our own 20 that often anymore

  6. Coach Chip Kelly is smart to make this move. Jackson is a top 20 NFL WR at best. Too inconsistent. Returning punts again makes sense for field position and the wild card factor given this guy can flat out fly and make people miss in the open field. And hey, if that doesn’t work out there’s always Fumblin’ Felix Jones!

  7. logicailvoicesays says: May 14, 2013 1:13 PM

    As a skins fans your concerns are 1. Will RG3 ever be the same again? 2. will anybody even show up to the redskins home opener? 3. If DeSean Jackson is third rate where does that put an average WR like Pierre Garcon?

    Just because you are forced to wear a football helmet for your own safety by your caretakers does not mean you know anything about the sport. Go troll your dreams of a super bowl elsewhere

  8. Until Philly hits its first 3 game losing streak & this guy quits as he does every year now.

    Another guy with one good game, 3 bad games…one good game…2 bad games.

    You guys can have his inconsistent, quitting butt.

  9. gcsuk says: May 14, 2013 1:38 PM

    dallassux says:
    May 14, 2013 12:55 PM
    Giants fans just cringed
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    Giants don’t have Matt Dodge any more.

    Eagles fans just cringed.
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    You are still NY and we still own your a$$!

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    gcsuk says: May 14, 2013 1:40 PM

    logicailvoicesays says:
    May 14, 2013 1:13 PM
    For second rate teams like the Eagles, it is big news when a mediocre receiver who might be a part time player for a third place team goes back to returning punts. I am so proud to be a Redskins fan. We never have to worry about things like that, BECAUSE THE REDSKINS ARE USUALLY IN LAST PLACE.

    Mediocre receiver??
    Really?
    This is coming from the same guy who thinks Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss are top 5 Elite Receivers in the NFL. Stop talking to the illogical voices in your head man. Take your meds and put your helmet back on Timmy.

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    themonkeyman says: May 14, 2013 1:51 PM

    Until Philly hits its first 3 game losing streak & this guy quits as he does every year now.

    Another guy with one good game, 3 bad games…one good game…2 bad games.

    You guys can have his inconsistent, quitting butt.

    Inconsistent quitting butt??
    Did you not know, that DeSean suffered a concussion a few years ago, forced him out the rest of the season. Then another with broken ribs. How is being hurt inconsistent? Again. If you are talking about DeSean, you are wrong. The jury is out about Felix, who on that Dallas didnt fumble a ball coming from Tony Blomo!

  10. This is good to hear for the Eagles and bad for opponents. DeSean is simply dangerous back there as a return man and can put the offense in a much better position.

  11. Go ahead put his narrow behind back there. He will get busted up again. Do whatever. Flap those little wings and click your beaks because its offseason in the coop. When the real season rolls around there will be no superbowl for you.

  12. I’ve never understood coaches taking a quality return man off return duty. When you have a good weapon, you don’t just hang it over the mantle.

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