When the LA Rams signed up veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the obvious and correct conclusion was that DJax will fill the speedy field stretcher wide receiver for this LA Rams offense. He will. After all, he’s spent the past 13 seasons doing exactly that. Eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, three seasons with the Washington Football team, and two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That’s a lot of history and a wide crosscut of various offenses and offensive strategy. So the basic question of whether Jackson can perform in this high-octane LA Rams offense has already been answered. In fact, Jackson played for then offensive coordinator Sean McVay for three seasons with the Washington Football Team and did very well in that scheme.
But the LA Rams had to be aware of the fact that this savvy veteran had suited up for just eight of the last 32 games in the past two seasons. Over that period, he was targeted 36 times and caught 23 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns. That’s not much return for his second go-around in that Philadelphia Eagles offense.
But should any team look for a heavy workload out of the fleet-footed footballer? Over the course of 13 NFL seasons, he’s averaged being targeted just 83 times. That works out to just five passes thrown his way per game. That’s as many passes as some receivers are targetted in a one-possession series. DeSean Jackson is not the meat patty of an NFL picnic. He’s the condiment section for an NFL offensive entre’. And chef Sean McVay is out to build a better burger.