DeSean Jackson

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

Uninvolved against Lions

Jackson failed to haul in his lone target during Sunday's 28-9 win over Detroit. He also only played four of 65 offensive snaps.

Analysis: With just three receptions for 80 yards on eight targets through the past four games, it's difficult to rely on Jackson in most fantasy formats. Furthermore, his lack of playing time this week with Los Angeles trailing for long stretches of the game reaffirmed his role as the No. 4 wide receiver on the offense. For reference, No. 3 wideout Van Jefferson played 61 offensive snaps Sunday.

Oct 25, 2021 9:33 AM EST

Hardly plays against Giants

Jackson caught his lone target for six yards and played just 16 of 66 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-11 win over New York.

Analysis: With just eight receptions on the season, Jackson's fantasy appeal is dwindling by the week. He has caught just a single pass in each of the past three games, and he's also clearly behind Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson on the depth chart. Jackson remains a serviceable real-world player because defenses have to be wary of his speed and ability to stretch the field, however, it has only translated in the fake game once through the first six weeks of the season.

Oct 18, 2021 6:06 PM EST

Makes one catch count

Jackson secured one of three targets for 68 yards in the Rams' 26-17 win over the Seahawks on Thursday night.

Analysis: Jackson turned in one of his trademark downfield grabs but was still minimally involved in the grand scheme of things. The Rams' air attack is likely going to continue heavily focusing on top wideouts Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp -- the two combined for 19 receptions for 242 yards Thursday -- so Jackson should continue to serve as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in a Week 6 road battle versus the Giants a week from Sunday.

Oct 7, 2021 9:48 PM EST

Held to single reception by Cards

Jackson caught one of three targets for just six yards during Sunday's 37-20 loss to Arizona. He also played only 22 of 68 offensive snaps.

Analysis: This was a disappointing follow up to Jackson's solid Week 3 showing. Furthermore, the veteran played significantly fewer offensive snaps than fellow wide receiver Van Jefferson (46). Jefferson also cashed in on his opportunity by catching all six of his targets for 90 yards and a touchdown. Jackson's ability to stretch the field should remain an important part of the Los Angeles passing attack, and he's probably going to have more solid fantasy performances this season. Unfortunately, timing when to utilize him on a week-to-week basis could prove difficult.

Oct 5, 2021 5:08 AM EST

Succeeds in deep role

Jackson recorded three receptions on five targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Jackson had little involvement in the offense through the team's first two games, logging only 17 total offensive snaps. He was much more involved in Sunday's contest from a production standpoint, with his primary contribution coming on a 75-yard touchdown catch to open the third quarter. One drive later, he recorded a 40-yard catch to set up a touchdown for Cooper Kupp on the next play. Jackson will likely find it difficult to see consistent targets moving forward due to the presence of Kupp, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Tyler Higbee, but it's clear that Jackson remains effective in a role as a field stretcher.

Sep 26, 2021 8:15 PM EST

Impressing in camp

Jackson has showed off his speed and reaffirmed his deep-threat potential daily in training camp thus far, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today, reports.

Analysis: DeSilva also noted he expects Jackson to play a big role in the offense this season -- health permitting, of course. However, fantasy managers will probably want to keep in mind that Jackson's been limited to just eight games over the past two seasons, and the Rams also have Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson in the mix at wide receiver. It's still encouraging that Jackson is quickly developing chemistry with quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the veteran wideout definitely shouldn't be written off just yet. He projects as a boom-or-bust asset to begin the season.

Aug 11, 2021 8:26 PM EST

Injuries haven't slowed veteran

Jackson showed the speed necessary to be a deep threat during offseason programs and is currently projected to be the No. 3 receiver for the Rams, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Multiple injuries have limited Jackson to just eight games over the past two seasons, so it's encouraging to see the speedy veteran healthy heading into the 2021 campaign. However, while he may currently be the favorite for the No. 3 receiver role to start the campaign, sophomore Van Jefferson and 2021 second-round selection Tutu Atwell will be pushing Jackson for playing time. There's potential for Jackson to revitalize his career in head coach Sean McVay's prolific offense, but he might be limited to a deep-threat role with Jefferson likely already the better fit for underneath routes. As a result, it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Jackson in most fantasy settings.

Jul 10, 2021 6:00 AM EST

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

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