The injury bug has bitten the Eagles hard this summer, but this may have been the biggest bite. DeSean Jackson reportedly has a broken left finger and will see a hand specialist for further evaluation. The veteran wide receiver wants to play through the injury.
The Eagles speedy receiver left Tuesday afternoon’s practice with an apparent finger injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The good news? The team isn’t classifying it as serious and no one is expecting him to miss any time. Jackson should be full-go for Week 1 against the Washington Redskins.
Howard Eskin followed up by saying Jackson was moving around the locker room fine. More importantly, there was no splint or cast on his finger. If for some reason Jackson wasn’t ready for Week 1, rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside would get the start as the Eagles are intent on keeping Nelson Agholor in the slot.
Jackson was having the best training camp and preseason of any of the Eagles wide receivers. And probably of anyone on the entire roster. His connection with Carson Wentz has looked downright scary, and Jackson continues to state his claim as being the fastest man in the NFL. The two have established amazing chemistry in a relatively short time together.
“He’s awesome,” Wentz told reporters, via ESPN. “He’s so far been a great teammate. Comes in, works hard. Obviously, I’ve learned he’s pretty fast. He’s a pretty smooth runner. People might say he’s getting up there in age, but he can still go.”
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DeSean Jackson & Eagles Got Some ‘Dope Stuff’
It’s safe to say that DeSean Jackson has never played with a quarterback of Carson Wentz’s caliber, save maybe Donovan McNabb. That’s another argument for another day. Jackson was expected to be a huge part of the Eagles’ high-octane offense in 2019, so any inkling of a lingering injury is troublesome.
According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, there was some fear in the building when they first learned of Jackson’s broken finger. However, that seems to have subsided and the fact that the injury is on his non-dominant hand certainly has everyone breathing a little easier.
Jackson has been one of the most vocal about the potential of the offense. While he has stopped short of buying into the Super Bowl hype, the confident receiver did let it slip that head coach Doug Pederson has some tricks up his sleeves. Jackson referred to it as “some dope stuff.”
“We got some dope stuff in this year,” Jackson told NBC Sports. “It’s going to be great. The kind of stuff (Pederson) has up his sleeve for this offense, man, it’s unbelievable.”
Carson Wentz confirmed the excitement, adding that Jackson is a better pass-catcher than everyone thinks.
“His ability to do things with the ball after the catch, underneath routes, crossing routes,” Wentz told NBC Sports. “(He’s) a lot better route runner than people give him credit for.”