Caught in the divorce of between WR DeSean Jackson and the LA Rams

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We’ve had some good times

The LA Rams signed DeSean Jackson to a conceptual role on the offense. The team no longer had a stretch-the-field receiver, so it was up to head coach Sean McVay and veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson to create that template.  For as good as the playmaking ability of Coach McVay to draw ’em up on the whiteboard, he still needs the player who can put that idea onto the football field.

Jackson was right there in OTAs and in training camp. He was the test pilot for the new plays that were still dripping ink in the playbook. He invested in helping the offense create plays to win games.

Bucs beater

You just cannot overlook his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson is not getting a lot of opportunities, but 221 yards and a touchdown in just eight receptions are pretty good. That sort of plug-n-play instantaneous production can be a difference-maker in a win-or-go-home playoff scenario.

The Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thanks to the ability of DeSean Jackson. The Rams defeated the rival Seattle Seahawks thanks to the contribution of Jackson. It’s a team effort, and as well as Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Van Jefferson play, they are very similar in style.

The most attractive quality about Jackson is that he has his own playing style, forcing secondaries to scheme a completely different approach to shutting him down. Those plans often require two defensive backs. And that is what the Rams sought in signing him.