DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson
32-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Questionable
Injury Achilles
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson's first year in Tampa was a bust. He averaged career-lows in YPT and YPC and had only one catch of 40-plus yards after being among the league leaders in that category for most of his career. At 5-10, 175, Jackson is small and slight, but he's one of the league's all-time deep threats, playing even faster than his 4.35 40 time. At 31, Jackson might have a lost a step, but receivers his size often age better than their bigger, more cumbersome counterparts - 180-pound Ted Ginn, for example, had five catches for 40-plus yards at age 32 last year. Moreover, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter apparently made an entire tape of plays where Jackson was open but the team didn't get him the ball, and the hope is that improved offensive line play gives Jameis Winston more time to look for Jackson. The downside to this situation: Winston will be suspended for three games, Mike Evans is still there to hog targets and 2017 first-rounder O.J. Howard should be more involved in the offense - as should second-year wideout Chris Godwin, along with veteran holdovers Cameron Brate and Adam Humphries. As such, Jackson's ceiling is modest even if he does bounce back. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $33.5 million contract with the Buccaneers in March of 2017.
Interested in working with McVay
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Achilles
January 30, 2019
Jackson (Achilles) said he would like to play for the Rams, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Given that the Rams aren't a fit in terms of positional need or cap space, this comment is only interesting as an implicit admission that Jackson doesn't expect to be back in Tampa Bay. With a non-guaranteed $10 million remaining on his contract, the 32-year-old wideout likely will be traded or released at some point during the offseason. Jackson struggled with injuries and never lived up to expectations in his time with the Bucs, but he at least proved he's still a first-rate deep threat, producing 18.9 yards per catch and 10.5 per target in 2018. There hasn't been anything to suggest late-season thumb and Achilles injuries will have an impact on his preparation for 2019.
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How do DeSean Jackson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
114.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
3.04
 
% Team Air Yards
21.3%
 
% Team Targets
12.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
18.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
55.4%
 
Drop Rate
2.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.4
 
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How do DeSean Jackson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, and Vertical Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
175 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.35 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill*
6.82 sec
 
Vertical Jump*
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
29.75 in
 
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The per-play efficiency king of the last half decade, Jackson finds himself in another favorable situation in Tampa Bay. Last year, Jackson provided his usual explosive playmaking with 17.9 YPC (1st), 10.1 YPT (2nd) and five catches of 40-plus (T-6th) on only 100 targets. At 5-10, 175, Jackson is small and slight and not built for taking hits -- he missed 14 games over the last five seasons -- but he runs a blazing 4.35 40 and might be quicker than he is fast. With the Buccaneers, Jackson finds himself connected to another rising signal-caller in Jameis Winston, and while Mike Evans will do the heavy lifting, the receiving corps is not as deep as the Redskins' was last year. As such, Jackson should reprise his usual role of game breaker, and he could even see a slight uptick in targets if his 30-year-old body holds up.
The per-play efficiency king of the league (along with Jordy Nelson), Jackson had the lowest output of his career in 2015, thanks to a hamstring injury that cost him half the season. Once Jackson returned he was exactly the player you'd expect with 17.6 YPC, 10.8 YPT and four catches of 40-plus on only 49 looks. Prorate the eight games in which he saw snaps over a full season, and you'd get his usual 60-1,056-8 line with eight 40-yard plays. At 5-10, 178, Jackson isn't a red-zone threat, and he lacks the frame to catches passes over the middle or take on a go-to role. But few in the league are faster (4.35 40), quicker or more dangerous in space. Even at 28 and coming off a soft tissue injury, Jackson didn't appear to have lost a step, and at 29 should reprise his role as the team's deep threat and playmaker. It's worth noting the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson in the first round, making for a deeper and more crowded receiving corps. But it's Pierre Garcon, not Jackson, who stands to lose the most should Doctson contribute right away.
Say what you want about Jackson, but he's the undisputed per-target king wherever he plays. After leading the NFL with 10.7 YPT with the Eagles in 2013, Jackson put up an ungodly 12.3 YPT last year, tops among the league's 50 95-target receivers by a wide margin. Jackson's 13 catches of 40-plus yards were even more of an outlier — Jordy Nelson was second with eight, despite 57 more targets. In fact, the last player to have that many 40-plus catches was Randy Moss in 1998 (15). Jackson also lapped the field in YPC with 20.9. Among 95-target wideouts, Michael Floyd was a distant second with 17.9. At 5-10, 178, Jackson isn't going to see much red-zone work (only 10 targets there last year, one inside the 10), and he's never going to be a workhorse over the middle of the field. He's also injury prone, missing one game last year and suiting up for all 16 only twice in his seven-year career. But the 28-year-old doesn't seem to have a slowed at all since he ran a 4.35 40 at the 2008 NFL Combine, and his lateral quickness, acceleration and ability to change direction set him apart from other straight-ahead speedsters. Jackson should again be the Redskins' field stretcher with Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts working shorter routes on the outside and in the slot, respectively. While Jackson isn't likely to see No. 1 WR targets, and his touchdown totals fluctuate widely from year to year because he's so dependent on long-distance scores, his per-play production gives him a high yardage floor.
Either Jackson was paling around with Stringer Bell, or he was smeared on his way out of town. Regardless, he should provide a significant lift to the Redskins’ passing game. At 5-10, 175, Jackson’s the smallest of last year’s top-10 receivers, and only Antonio Brown is even close. As such, Jackson has to do most of his scoring from long range. Given his elite quickness and 4.35 40 speed, it’s achievable for him, but relying on big plays leads to more variance – Jackson’s touchdown totals (excluding rushing and returns) the last six years are: 2, 9, 6, 4, 2 and 9, respectively. Nonetheless, his playmaking ability is unmatched for a receiver his size. Jackson averaged a league-leading 10.7 YPT, had eight catches of 40 or more yards (tied for 2nd) and 24 catches of 20-plus (2nd), despite being just 23rd in targets. Of course, some of that was the product of Nick Foles’ and Chip Kelly’s hyper-efficient offense. Jackson’s situation is less settled in Washington with new head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin trying to bounce back from a down year after knee surgery. Moreover, Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed will both get their share of looks. But should Griffin resemble the player he was as a rookie, buying time in the pocket and zipping the ball downfield, there’s a lot of upside for Jackson in Washington. He also comes with some injury risk – while he played 16 games last year, he’s missed games in all but two seasons of his six-year career and nine total over that span. As for Jackson’s alleged “gang ties” or uncooperative demeanor, which reportedly caused the Eagles to cut him, that’s a risk you can consider, depending on how much trust you place in their rationale. It’s worth noting he had signed a five-year deal under previous coach Andy Reid and was due $10.25 million in 2014.
Jackson was more or less on his usual pace last year when a rib injury sidelined him for the season's final five games. To be precise, his efficiency numbers – 15.6 YPC, 8.0 YPT – were slightly down, but within the margin of error for a lower-volume, big-play threat over 11 games. At 5-10, 175, Jackson is one of the smallest and slightest receivers in the league, and his body hasn't held up especially well over his five-year career. Besides the rib injury, he's dealt with concussions, foot and knee problems and missed time in every season since 2009. He's also unsuited for red-zone work, meaning he has to strike from deep to get into the end zone, something that's difficult for any receiver to do consistently – Jackson scored from scrimmage 10 times in 2009, but has only six touchdowns in his last 26 games. On the plus side, Jackson is among the fastest and quickest players in the league and is deadly in open space. He's dangerous out of the backfield, and he can also get behind the defense on go routes. It'll be interesting to see how new coach Chip Kelly uses Jackson – there's even talk he'll be part of the team's read-option as a running back.
While Jackson didn’t show the same efficiency last season as he had during the previous two, he was still a dangerous big-play threat, averaging 9.2 YPT (8th) and hauling in five passes of 40-plus yards in 15 games. That Jackson only scored four touchdowns shouldn’t come as a major surprise – small, big play receivers don’t often get the easy pitch-and-catch TDs that make their taller, bulkier counterparts more reliable scorers. At 5-10, 175, Jackson is one of the fastest and shiftiest players in the entire league. He’s able blow by defenders off the line, or shake them and sprint by them in the open field. Jackson saw 14 red-zone looks last year, but only seven of those were from inside the 10, and the Eagles are more apt to lean on running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek near pay dirt. Jackson signed a five-year, $51.1 million deal with the Eagles in March, something that should guarantee him another 100-odd targets at a minimum.
It's hard doing all of your damage from deep, but Jackson is the rare small, speed receiver who can make big plays consistently year after year. While his receiving TD totals dropped from nine to six, Jackson rushed for a touchdown and also took a punt return to the house – all in just 14 games. At 5-10, 175, and with explosive speed, elite quickness and the ability to change directions on a dime, Jackson would be hard to stop in two-hand touch. Jackson's 11 yards per target and eight catches of 40-plus would lead the league by a wide margin most seasons, though he finished second in both to Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace in 2010. And Jackson's 22.5 yards per catch easily led the NFL's 90-target receivers. The switch at quarterback from strong-armed Donovan McNabb to the even stronger-armed Michael Vick was seamless last year, although Jackson bears some of Vick's elevated injury risk. Jackson battled a concussion and then foot and knee sprains late in the year, but should be 100 percent for training camp. Unfortunately, health isn't the only issue coming into camp. Jackson is looking for a new contract and it looks like he will hold out until he gets his wish, which will put him in a position where he will try to start the season with less time in camp than everyone else.
The problem with small receivers is they don’t typically get a lot of red-zone work, so they have to make their money from deep — something that’s a lot harder to do. Unless you’re DeSean Jackson. Jackson set opposing secondaries ablaze with a league-leading 10 catches of 40 yards or more on just 118 targets (21st). His 18.5 yards per catch easily led the league’s 100-target receivers, and his 9.9 yards per target ranked fourth. As a result, he was able to haul in nine touchdowns, despite seeing just 11 red-zone targets and four from inside the 10. At 5-10, 175, Jackson is one of the league’s quickest and most explosive players, but expecting 10 receptions of 40-plus and nine scores is probably excessive even for a player of his talent in Andy Reid’s pass-happy system. Of course, the other major variable here is the departure of quarterback Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb’s ascension to the starting job. We expect Kolb, who showed flashes of brilliance in limited opportunities a year ago, not to miss a beat. But the switch comes with some chemistry risk, especially with 2009 first-rounder Jeremy Maclin, a big-play threat in his own right, in the fold.
With Kevin Curtis on the shelf to start the year, Jackson took full advantage, establishing himself as the team’s top target and most explosive deep threat right out of the gate. As such, he heads into 2009 as Donovan McNabb’s No. 1 receiver, a good thing to be considering the Eagles’ were fourth in the NFL in passing attempts with 38 per game. Jackson had his lapses last season, none more egregious than showboating and spiking the ball before reaching the end zone (otherwise known as fumbling voluntarily) during a Monday night game. But his quickness, deep speed and ability to make defenders miss allowed him to haul in 17 catches of 20 yards or more (7th) and average 14.7 yards per catch. At 5-10, 175, Jackson’s not ideally suited for red-zone work, but he did get his chances last year with 15 looks (24th) from inside the 20, but nine looks inside the 10 (11th) and four from inside the five. Jackson didn’t do much with those looks, scoring only once. The addition of Jeremy Maclin in the first round of this year’s draft might cut into Jackson’s targets to an extent, but it’s Kevin Curtis whose starting role could eventually be in jeopardy. Year 2 is when top receivers typically experience a breakout, and Jackson, providing he keeps his focus, is in a good spot to make it happen.
Will battle for No. 3 wideout role but likely won't be much of a factor in the passing game during his rookie season. Will also act as team's primary punt returner.
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Disappointing 2018 campaign
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Achilles
January 1, 2019
Jackson (Achilles), who was inactive for Sunday's 34-32 loss to the Falcons, finished the 2018 season with 41 receptions (on 74 targets) for 774 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 29 yards and another score.
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Inactive Week 17
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Achilles
December 30, 2018
Jackson (Achilles) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
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Not on track to play
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Achilles
December 28, 2018
Jackson (Achilles) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Not seen at practice Friday
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Achilles
December 28, 2018
Jackson (Achilles) wasn't spotted at Friday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Missing another practice
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Achilles
December 27, 2018
Jackson (Achilles) wasn't in attendance for Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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