The Kansas City Chiefs lost for the third time this season in a Week 11 Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the wide receiver drops were the major talking point once again.
Although the daggers were the late-game miscues by receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Justin Watson, there were drops all game. In fact, the first offensive play involved a missed connection between quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Noah Gray.
After the game, a fan jokingly pitched free agent deep threat DeSean Jackson — who is a five-time 1,000-yard wide receiver and three-time Pro Bowler. “The chiefs need to give @DeSeanJackson10 a call 😂💯,” they said.
Jackson’s response quickly went viral on social media.
“Facts,” the 15-year NFL vet replied in agreement, adding: “im catching that!” Jackson also included a GIF subtitled “TILL THIS DAY!”
DeSean Jackson Never Retired From the NFL & Is Considered a Free Agent
It read: “Did it my way 15 years strong!! Neva anotha like it! #0ne0fone.”
While this photo hinted at a retirement, Jackson cleared things up with fans, revealing that it wasn’t one.
“They reaching my last post wasn’t a retirement post!” he clarified at the time in a post shared by NFL insider Ari Meirov. “I just had to get some stuff off my chest.”
Jackson added that “y’all will know when the Boi retire!!” With an eagle emoji next to his words.
Obviously, he was referencing his initial organization. He entered the league with the Eagles and spent his first six seasons there, from 2008 until the end of 2013. Jackson returned to Philly for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.
Does DeSean Jackson Make Sense for Chiefs at WR?
Jackson probably isn’t the answer at age 36. He accumulated 153 receiving yards with Baltimore in 2022, and at this stage of his career, he’s nothing more than a rotational burner who might be able to connect on a deep route from time to time.
The Chiefs already have Mecole Hardman for that, and Valdes-Scantling and Watson are supposed to serve that purpose, too.
Having said that, Kansas City should bring in some sort of competition at wide receiver. Whether it’s a veteran like Jackson or a younger flier from another practice squad, they need to try something.
“I think we’re kind of shooting ourselves in the foot,” Reid acknowledged, but he wasn’t willing to call out any wideouts specifically.
“I think penalties are drive-stoppers, guys that I’ve seen catch before didn’t necessarily make the catch,” he went on later. “I mean, these are good players. We’re OK. We just gotta get that straight.”
Reid also credited Philadelphia, as he always does with the opposition.
Mahomes had his own response for the dropped passes.
“They came up [in run defense] and they forced us to throw the football,” the QB noted about the second half shutout. “We didn’t answer the bell. I didn’t make good enough passes in certain situations. And we have to prove that we can do both. It can’t be just run, it can’t be just pass.”
Mahomes never blames his teammates publicly, and he didn’t after the Monday Night Football loss, either.
For now, he reiterated that he’s going to “keep firing” the ball to whoever’s open.