|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 12|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 175 lb.|
|Born:||December 1, 1986|
|Drafted:||2008 / Rd. 2 (49)|
Jackson (abdomen) said Saturday that he's now healthy, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Jackson had season-ending surgery in early November to repair a core muscle injury, but there were some whispers he might try to return in January if the Eagles made a deep playoff run. The team's first-round exit prevented him from having a chance, and it sounds like it would've been a long shot in any case. The 33-year-old wideout is now entering the second season of a three-year, $27 million contract, with 77.4 percent of his $6.2 million base salary for 2020 guaranteed. Jackson has missed an average of 5.2 games over the past five seasons.
Jackson (abdomen) should be back with the Eagles in 2020, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: An abdomen injury limited Jackson to three appearances and 65 offensive snaps in 2019, but he did stand out in his one healthy appearance with an 8-154-2 receiving line Week 1 against Washington. The Eagles don't have much incentive to part ways with the 33-year-old wideout, considering his three-year, $27 million contract guarantees 77.4 percent of his $6.2 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. With multiple reports suggesting he would've had a shot to return if the Eagles had made a deep playoff run, Jackson presumably is on track to regain his health before the offseason program begins in April. He had surgery Nov. 5 to repair a torn abdominal muscle.
Jackson caught nine of his 10 targets for 159 yards and two touchdowns across three games in the 2019 season.
Analysis: Jackson's loss to an abdominal strain in Week 2 was devastating to the Eagles' offense as the 32-year-old was expected to help open up the Eagles' passing game. Instead, he missed six games before attempting to come back for Week 9, when he aggravated the injury, this time tearing the affected muscle completely and requiring what would be season-ending surgery. However, the 12-year-vet was said to be nearing a return if the Eagles could advance to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, so he should be good to go as he attempts to redeem a lost season in 2020.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Jackson (abdomen) is "getting close" to a return and could be ready to come off injured reserve when first eligible in the divisional round, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Analysis: Jackson seems to be progressing well from his November surgery, but the Eagles will first have to dispatch the Seahawks in the wild-card round before the wideout's return is seriously entertained. If Philadelphia advances and Jackson gets the green light to play in the divisional round, he would provide a major boost to an Eagles receiver room that currently counts former practice squad member Greg Ward as its top option.
Jackson (abdomen) is expected to be reinstated from injured reserve in the event the Eagles advance to the divisional round of the postseason, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Despite winning a head-to-head matchup with Dallas on Sunday to take a one-game lead in the NFC East standings, the Eagles will still need to defeat the Giants in Week 17 or have the Cowboys lose to the Redskins before securing a playoff spot. If the Eagles can punch their ticket to the postseason and win a home matchup in the wild-card round, their depleted receiving corps could get a much-needed addition in Jackson, who is reportedly progressing well in his recovery from the abdominal surgery he required in early November. As McManus notes, Jackson's speed was recently clocked at 19 miles per hour during his rehab, signaling that he should be capable of filling his role as the Eagles' top downfield threat. Even if Philadelphia is eliminated before Jackson is first eligible to return from IR in the second round of the postseason, the 33-year-old looks like he'll at least head into the offseason at or near full strength.
Jackson (abdomen) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Analysis: Listed as a non-participant throughout the week, Jackson at least did some individual work on a side field Friday. His next chance to play will come Week 8 in Buffalo, though he's far from a lock to make it back for that game. Mack Hollins will once again join Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor in three-wide formations while Dallas Goedert continues to get heavy run in two-TE sets.
Jackson (abdomen) did not take part in Friday's practice, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: There was optimism at the beginning of the week that Jackson could play in Week 7, but he did not practice at all this week, so his chances of returning to action appear slim. Jackson was able to get some work in on a side field Friday, according to Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News, which at least provides further reason to believe his absence may not extend much longer.
Jackson (abdomen) wasn't present at Thursday's practice, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Per comments from coach Doug Pederson on Wednesday, Jackson is inching closer to a return, calling him "more of day-to-day now," according to McLane. While he has yet to step on the practice field as he works his way through an abdominal injury, Jackson is ramping up his conditioning. Friday's injury report likely will reveal his odds to suit up Sunday against the Cowboys, if there are any.
Coach Doug Pederson said he now considers Jackson (abdomen) to be day to day, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Pederson's injury updates often use the 'day to day' or 'week to week' terminology, though in this case he's also provided some detail, mentioning Monday that Jackson will be held out of Wednesday's practice to focus on conditioning work. A return to practice Thursday and/or Friday might give the wide receiver a shot to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Coach Doug Pederson said that Jackson (abdomen) wouldn't participate in the Eagles' first practice of the week Wednesday and would instead focus on conditioning, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Pederson's comments during his Monday media availability struck a different tone than what he had to say about Jackson during a radio appearance earlier in the day with Angelo Cataldi of Sports Radio 94 WIP, when the coach expressed hope that the wideout would be ready to play Week 7 in Dallas. While a return from a four-game absence could still come to fruition, it would likely be contingent on Jackson practicing on at least a limited basis Thursday and Friday. Mack Hollins has benefited the most from increased snaps while Jackson has been out, but the enhanced role hasn't translated to many targets (12 in four weeks).
Coach Doug Pederson is hopeful Jackson (abdomen) can return for Week 7 against the Cowboys, Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP Sports Radio reports. "[Jackson] is feeling good," Pederson said Monday morning. "I can't promise anything, but we are hopeful he can return this week."
Analysis: Pederson suggested he'll have a more detailed update on Jackson at a Monday afternoon press conference. The wide receiver has been running on land and doing other rehab work in a pool, but he hasn't practiced since Week 2 when he initially was diagnosed with an abdomen strain.
Jackson (abdomen) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Analysis: With Jackson still out, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are in line to head the Eagles' Week 6 wideout corps, with Mack Hollins slated to serve as the team's No. 3 option at the position. On the plus side, Jackson was able to run this week, which suggests that the speedster has a chance to return to action in Week 7 against the Cowboys.
Head coach Doug Pederson said Jackson (abdomen) has been able to run this week as expected, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Pederson's comments indicate things are going as planned with Jackson, but unless he was able to get some work in Friday with his teammates, he figures to remain sidelined for another week. Jackson's official status for Sunday's game against the Vikings will be revealed when the Eagles' final injury report of the week is released.
Jackson (abdomen) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Even though coach Doug Pederson relayed earlier in the week that Jackson was progressing his recovery from an abdominal strain, the wideout hasn't shown much evidence of improvement in practice. He didn't log any on-field reps either Wednesday or Thursday, likely putting him in line for a fourth consecutive missed game Sunday in Minnesota. Assuming that's the case, Mack Hollins would maintain a regular role in the Eagles' three-receiver formations.
Jackson (abdomen) is scheduled to begin outdoor rehab work this week, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: This is a step in the right direction, but it's not the same as a return to practicing with teammates. Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger doesn't expect Jackson to return for Week 6 in Minnesota, nor does Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com. It appears Mack Hollins will get at least one more week with a regular spot in three-wide formations.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Jackson (abdomen) is still rehabbing and "getting close," Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Pederson also confirmed that Jackson isn't at risk of needing surgery, given that his abdominal issue is a strain, according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. The veteran wideout hasn't resumed practicing since he picked up the injury Week 2, but it looks like he's inching towards a return. It nonetheless appears as though Jackson is trending towards a lack of availability Week 6, in which case Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz would continue to operate as the Eagles' primary pass catchers.
Jackson (abdomen) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Jackson missed the last two games and was a non-participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday, and he was unable to show enough Friday to maintain a possibility of playing Week 5. Nelson Agholor figures to be more involved in his absence, though Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz should remain the top pass-catchers for QB Carson Wentz.
Jackson (abdomen) didn't practice Thursday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Jackson remains embedded in rehabilitation of his abdominal injury, and every day that he misses practice, the odds of him suiting up Sunday against the Jets decrease. He'll have one more shot to get on the field this week before the Eagles make a ruling on his status for Week 5. If Jackson sits out again, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz will remain the top pass-catching options for Carson Wentz.
Jackson (abdomen) won't practice Wednesday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Coach Doug Pederson hasn't ruled Jackson out for Week 5 against the Jets, but Pederson did note that the speedy wideout is still working his way through the rehab process. Jackson has already missed two games and now seems likely to miss a third. A return to practice Thursday or Friday might give him a shot to play.
Jackson (abdomen) will undergo tests this week, with his availability uncertain for Week 5 against the Jets, Olivia Schaller of the Eagles' official website reports.
Analysis: Jackson missed the past two games and didn't log any level of participation in practice. Another absence would leave Mack Hollins with a spot in three-wide formations, though the Eagles often used two-TE sets with Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz during Thursday's 34-27 win over the Packers.
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