Sean McVay: Despite recent injuries, we’re confident in DeSean Jackson’s ability

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Rams head coach Sean McVay and wide receiver DeSean Jackson have history.

The two were together in Washington from 2014-2016, and in two of those three years Jackson led the league in yards per reception.

McVay has since been with the Rams since 2017, and Jackson went to Tampa Bay for a couple of seasons before landing back in Philadelphia.

But even with Jackson at 34 years old, McVay feels the receiver has something left in the tank. And the familiarity between the two men could propel Jackson to a resurgent 2021 season.

“I know he’s had some injuries over the last couple years. But we are confident in his ability,” McVay said this week. “He brings an element to our offense where he adds to an already really solid receiving group with Robert [Woods] and Cooper [Kupp], kind of headlining that group.

“He’s known for the ability to stretch the top shelf of the defense and create an add to some of those explosives. But it certainly isn’t exclusive to that and being able to come back home [to Southern California] and the experience. There was a lot of things that led to it being something that we were excited about the possibility and fortunately we were able to get it done.”

Jackson has played just eight games over the last two years, making 23 receptions for 395 yards with three touchdowns. Jackson came off injured reserve Week 16 of last season and caught an 81-yard score against Dallas.

10 responses to “Sean McVay: Despite recent injuries, we’re confident in DeSean Jackson’s ability

  1. Sean McVay, “I know he’s had some injuries over the last couple years. But we are confident in his ability,” | Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt anymore now is it? The question was about his injuries but the response ignored the topic to take the conversation in an entirely different direction. That’s when you know you’re in trouble.

  2. Every coach he has played for had confidence in his abilities. It is his availability and durability that they don’t have confidence in!

  3. Desean might be good as a rotational player with a limited snap count, but I don’t think his body will hold up as a full-time player again.

    If I were the Rams, I’d start him out with a very low snap count early in the season and very gradually add to it depending on how he holds up based on his recent injury history.

    As an Eagles fan, I’d love to see him have a strong year in the twilight of his career. I’ve always liked him, and a lot of us are still salty about Chip Kelly moving him and McCoy – talented guys who should have spent their careers with the team that drafted them.

  4. It’s not Desean’s ability that is at issue, it is his availability. His last catch for the Eagles was a bomb touchdown. He impacted every game he played for the Eagles. But he missed most of the last two years with injury. Both not really concerning to be long term injuries, just it’s the availability question overall. Certainly was worth the risk for the Rams and, as an Eagles fan, I hope he is able to stay healthy and finish out his career in his home city. He’s still got ability, no question.

  5. AVAILability is the #1 ability required McVay, not talent. D Jax at best will play 8 games, and that would be an absolute miracle. Good luck figuring out which games that might be.

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