Matt Mosley, ESPN’s NFC East blogger, has just come out with his Training Camp preview for the NFC East. He touches on a variety of different subjects, but something I found particularly interesting was the final section of the article covering his predictions for the year.
For the Eagles, Mosley writes: “Jeremy Maclin finishes this season with more yards and TDs than DeSean Jackson.”
When you look at the duo, you know that they should put up some really big numbers. In an offense that features passing like the Eagles’ does, Jackson and Maclin will get more than their fair share of opportunities to get their hands on the ball. Beyond that, both have great speed and the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
Although it doesn’t overly concern me about who has the better stats as long as the overall production is there, I think Mosley will be correct in this prediction.
With two seasons in the books, DeSean Jackson has emerged as one of the biggest playmakers in the game today. You can definitely make the argument to say that he’s the most electric wide receiver in the NFL right now. He may not be the best receiver overall, but I don’t think any other receiver has a better chance than Jackson to score when the ball is in their hands.
In developing this reputation, Jackson will force defensive coordinators to change their schemes to try and shut him down. Although Maclin is almost on the same level as Jackson, coordinators will focus on shutting Jackson down first.
That will absolutely open doors for Jeremy Maclin in 2010. I believe that he will give teams nightmares this season as they try to shut down Jackson. Maclin is already a good receiver, but I think 2010 will be the time where he really starts to develop a name for himself.