There’s a lot of attention on the quarterback position right now in Philadelphia. It’s not certain yet who will be here next year and who won’t be but there is one thing for sure. Whoever gets the starting nod is going to have to stud wide receivers to throw to.
After DeSean Jackson’s impressive rookie season, he came back in his sophomore year and just lit it up. Here are the numbers from Jackson’s first two seasons:
2008 – 16 G, 62 rec, 912 yards, 14.7 avg, 2 TD
2009 – 15 G, 63 rec, 1167 yards, 18.5 avg, 9 TD
You can see the reception totals are almost identical despite him missing a game this year due to a concussion. However, you see a nice jump in his yardage and average and a big time jump in the amount of times he found the end zone. As a rookie, Jackson was thought of as a guy who could make a play if the ball was in his hands. This year he was thought of a guy who could score whenever the ball was in his hands. He proved to be a big play threat and showed us that by tying the record for touchdowns in a season over 50 yards (note: punt returns are included in that stat).
Not only is Jackson a monster, but he has a partner in crime now with just as much big play ability. This is Jeremy Maclin, the receiver from Missouri who fell into the Eagles laps on draft day. If you look at Maclin’s rookie season stats below, you can see they fall a little short of Jackson’s:
2009 – 15 G, 55 Rec, 762 yards, 13.9 avg, 4 TD
However, I think we saw Jeremy Maclin really start to step his game up at the end of the year. Part of this is due to the extra attention Jackson started to see, but when something like that happens, someone has to step up. Maclin has done so and is poised to team up with Jackson next year to give secondary’s fits.
We can’t talk about the Eagles potentially devastating aerial attack next year without mentioning Brent Celek. He was an absolute bull this year and came close to the 1,000 yard receiving mark. Along with Jackson and Maclin, Celek will be ready to pick up where he left off next season. If the Eagles can get a third wide out to really come on strong next year with the trio mentioned above, the possibilities are endless.