DeSean Jackson

Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #11
Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #11
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DeSean Jackson News

Speedster added in draft

Jackson could have competition for snaps following the selection of wide receiver Tutu Atwell in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After playing just eight games the past two years, Jackson signed an incentive-heavy contract with the Rams, which aligns with his inability to stay healthy. He has the potential to fill a deep-threat role for the Los Angeles passing attack, and even factor in on special teams. However, the Rams added Atwell as both a complement and insurance policy because of his speed and ability to stretch the field. Jackson's probably going to slide into a situational role with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods atop the wide receiver depth chart, and Van Jefferson likely to take a step forward in his second season.

May 4, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Signs with Rams

Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Rams on Sunday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Los Angeles native will play for his hometown team, providing a proven deep threat for new Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. Jackson was released by the Eagles last month after appearing in only eight games for Philadelphia over the past two seasons, but he's back to full health and will be eager to prove he still has something left in the tank at age 34.

Mar 21, 2021 6:10 PM EST

Release made official

The Eagles released Jackson (ankle) on Friday.

Analysis: Jackson, who only played eight games over two seasons with the Eagles while battling multiple injuries, never appeared to have a real chance at sticking around for 2021. Cutting the 34-year-old will save Philadelphia roughly $5.8 million against the cap, per Field Yates of ESPN, and the move will allow Jackson to immediately search for another organization where he can continue his career. Jackson still flashed big-play ability when healthy last season -- he had an 81-yard touchdown against the Cowboys back in Week 16 -- but at this stage in his career, he'll likely have a difficult time finding a starting role in free agency.

Feb 19, 2021 1:52 PM EST

Release forthcoming?

The Eagles are expected to release Jackson (ankle), John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Philadelphia can save roughly $6 million against the salary cap by cutting Jackson, per Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia. Such a move would make real sense for a team currently more than $40 million over the cap for next season and staring down a quarterback transition, with Carson Wentz recently having been traded to Indianapolis. Compounding matters is the fact that Jackson, who turned 34 in December, has only managed to suit up for eight games over the last two seasons due to a combination of injuries. Per Jimmy Kempski of, Jackson has already posted a farewell message to the Eagles via his personal Instagram account.

Feb 19, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Deemed unavailable for finale

Jackson (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale versus Washington.

Analysis: Jackson turned his only target into an 81-yard touchdown during the first quarter of Philadelphia's loss to Dallas last Sunday; however, he was subsequently unable to practice for three straight days before being ruled out for Week 17. A fracture in his right ankle kept Jackson sidelined for over two months prior to his Week 16 appearance against the Cowboys. The 34-year-old's 2020 campaign is now officially over, with Jackson closing the year with a total of 14 receptions for 236 yards and one touchdown over five appearances. He's only managed eight game appearances since rejoining the Eagles in March of 2019.

Jan 1, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Fails to practice Thursday

Jackson (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Jackson was sidelined for a second straight practice, but it's unclear if his back-to-back absences are indicative of a setback with his ankle, or if the Eagles are merely just giving some extra maintenance to a veteran player who returned from a six-game absence over the weekend. The speedy wideout played only 20 offensive snaps in the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys, but he provided his team's biggest play of the day, reeling in a pass from Jalen Hurts for an 81-yard touchdown. If Jackson gains clearance for Sunday's season finale versus Washington, expect him to be on another "pitch count" with regard to his workload.

Dec 31, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Misses Wednesday's practice

Jackson (ankle) was a non-participant at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Prior to Sunday's return to action, when he hauled in his sole target for an 81-yard touchdown at Dallas, Jackson missed the previous six games due to a non-displaced fracture in his right ankle. As a result, the ankle issue next to his name on Wednesday's injury report likely is one and the same. The Eagles may just be giving Jackson the day off, but his status as the week goes on bears watching to get a sense of the breakdown of the receiving corps Week 17 against Washington.

Dec 30, 2020 1:48 PM EST

Burns Dallas deep in return

Jackson caught his only target for an 81-yard touchdown in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: The veteran speedster has made a habit of punishing Dallas on deep routes throughout his career, and after missing seven straight games, Jackson seemed poised to make up for lost time when he hauled in a 50-yard heave from Jalen Hurts late in the first quarter and then strutted the rest of the way into the end zone. That proved to be the only target he saw, however, as the Cowboys' secondary found a way to shut him down. The TD was Jackson's first of the season, and he'll look for another in Week 17 as Philly tries to play spoiler against a Washington team that needs to win to lock up the NFC East title.

Dec 27, 2020 8:12 PM EST

Active Week 16, as expected

Jackson (ankle), who was activated from injured reserve Saturday, is in uniform as expected for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Dave Zangano of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: The speedy veteran last saw game action Week 7, so whether he'll be on a snap limit remains to be seen. However, Jackson will certainly serve as a second deep threat alongside Jalen Reagor for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts versus the Cowboys' suspect defense.

Dec 27, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Set to return

Jackson (ankle) is expected to be activated off injured reserve and play Sunday against the Cowboys, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jackson has played in just four games this season thanks to separate ankle injuries, but his most recent return comes on the heels of a non-displaced fracture in a Week 7 win over the Giants. Sunday will feature a completely new quarterback than Jackson is accustomed to as Jalen Hurts has reinvigorated a struggling Eagles offense. It'll be harder for Jackson to make an immediate difference, however, with a myriad of capable options available in the quagmire that is the Eagles pass catchers.

Dec 26, 2020 9:34 AM EST

'Getting close' to return

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Thursday that Jackson (ankle) is "getting close" to returning from injured reserve, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. "He was able to get some snaps in [Wednesday] with the offense, and we'll integrate him more [Thursday] and just see where he's at," Pederson said of Jackson, who was designated to return from IR a day earlier.

Analysis: While Pederson was pleased with what he saw from Jackson in terms of his movement and route running at Wednesday's practice, the coach didn't commit to the wideout being activated and cleared to play Sunday at Dallas. The Eagles will presumably wait and see if Jackson is able to ramp up his activity Thursday or Friday before a formal decision on his status is made. Philadelphia will have 21 days to evaluate Jackson, so he could still be activated ahead of Week 17 or for a potential wild-card round game if his right ankle responds well to practice work.

Dec 24, 2020 8:19 AM EST

Returning to practice

The Eagles designated Jackson (ankle) for return from IR on Monday.

Analysis: The transaction kicks off a 21-day window wherein Jackson can be evaluated at practice without counting against the roster limit. The Eagles can choose to activate him at any point in that span. The veteran wideout hasn't played since Week 7 due to an ankle fracture, but it appears as though he's gearing up for a potential return.

Dec 21, 2020 1:04 PM EST

Shift to IR official

The Eagles placed Jackson (ankle) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Jackson is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture in his ankle, so his placement on IR was only a matter of time. It appears that the veteran wideout has a shot to make a late-season return, an eventuality which could become more realistic if the Eagles are in contention for a playoff spot come December. On more positive note for Philadelphia, Jackson's placement on IR opens up a roster spot for the tentative return of Jalen Reagor (thumb).

Oct 26, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Fractures ankle, out months

Jackson will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his ankle during Thursday's win over the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jackson was originally believed to have suffered a high ankle sprain, but ensuing tests have now determined the serious nature of the injury. The return timetable would suggest the veteran receiver could return near the end of the regular season, but it's possible the Eagles might simply take their time with Jackson's recovery process in the event they follow out of contention for a playoff spot. It's worth noting Jackson, who has played in just 18 games over the past three seasons, does not plan to retire, although this newest injury will likely put him on injured reserve for the foreseeable future.

Oct 24, 2020 8:14 AM EST

Headed for IR

Jackson (ankle) likely will be placed on injured reserve, after an MRI on Friday confirmed he suffered a high ankle sprain, John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: A previous report suggested Jackson might need surgery, but it isn't clear if that's still an option or not. He's expected to miss at least three games, and possibly more, after injuring his ankle during Thursday's 22-21 win over the Giants. John Hightower could now rejoin the starting lineup, especially if Alshon Jeffery (calf/foot) misses more time.

Oct 23, 2020 9:19 AM EST

High ankle sprain feared

Jackson is believed to have suffered a high ankle sprain Thursday but is undergoing an MRI to determine whether surgery is necessary, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old returned from a three-game absence and caught three passes for 34 yards and rushed once for 12 yards Thursday against the Giants before suffering the injury while fielding a punt. A high ankle sprain would likely sideline Jackson for at least the next few weeks, but he's apparently not out of the woods for it potentially being a more serious injury.

Oct 23, 2020 6:47 AM EST

Hurt late Thursday

Jackson exited Thursday's contest against the Giants due to an apparent leg injury late in the fourth quarter, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jackson endured a late hit while fielding a punt with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. In addition to taking impact to the head, the veteran wideout's right leg bent awkwardly. He wasn't able to walk to the medical tent under his own power. Before exiting Thursday's game, Jackson had three catches for 34 yards and one carry for 12 yards.

Oct 22, 2020 8:22 PM EST

Will return Thursday

Jackson (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Jackson wrapped up Week 7 prep with a full practice for the first time since Week 3, when he initially strained his hamstring. Elsewhere in the Eagles' receiving corps, Alshon Jeffery (foot/calf) is sitting out again, leaving Jackson, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Quez Watkins as the available healthy wide receivers.

Oct 21, 2020 10:33 AM EST

Trending toward playing in Week 7

Coach Doug Pederson anticipates that Jackson (hamstring) will be able to play Thursday night against the Giants, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow wideout Alshon Jeffery is likely to miss the contest. There's a decent chance that the Eagles will officially list Jackson as questionable, but if he is able to suit up Thursday, it remains to be seen if he'll be up for his normal allotment of snaps.

Oct 21, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Limited Tuesday

Jackson (hamstring) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report.

Analysis: The Eagles expect to welcome back Jackson on Thursday against the Giants following a three-game absence to tend to a strained hamstring. Position mate Alshon Jeffery (foot) continues to log limited sessions, with no indication when he may make his season debut. Wednesday's injury report will provide a sense of the duo's ability to play Week 7, but Travis Fulgham, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and John Hightower are all healthy in the event one or both of Jackson or Jeffery remain sidelined.

Oct 20, 2020 1:26 PM EST

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