Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson says that he’s 98 percent recovered from the rib injury that brought his 2012 season to a premature end and he sounds excited about getting to work with new coach Chip Kelly.
That’s no surprise given Kelly’s reputation as an offensive innovator. Jackson said he has spoken to Kelly about his role in the offense and Kelly told him that he plans to use Jackson in a similar way that he used one of his most versatile stars at the University of Oregon.
“Kind of similar to what De’Anthony Thomas was doing at Oregon. He’s like a little brother to me. I actually talked to him,” Jackson said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He was passing on information to me, like I’m going to be pumped up and psyched to be in that offense. It just keeps defenses off guard any time you go in motion, fake play-action, go down the field. There’s just so many things you can do.”
Thomas is listed as a running back at Oregon, but he has made his presence felt in a variety of ways. He’s run for 1,296 yards, caught 91 passes for 1,050 yards and excelled as a returner of both punts and kickoffs. When you put it all together, Thomas has scored 36 touchdowns in two years with the Ducks. He’s 5-9 and 173 pounds, very similar to Jackson’s dimensions, and his role as a focal point of the offense makes it easy to understand why Jackson’s excited about working with Kelly.