Jackson suffered broken ribs in the team’s Week 12 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He finished the season with 45 catches, 700 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jackson’s 63.6 yards-per-game and 15.6 yards-per-catch were his lowest averages since 2008, his rookie season.
But as we showed constantly with the All-22 during the season, Jackson was put in spots where the quarterback failed to get him the ball deep, or the protection broke down before Michael Vick or Nick Foles even had a chance. In nine games with Vick at quarterback, Jackson averaged 76.2 yards per game, which translates to a 1,219-yard season.
We don’t know who will be throwing Jackson the ball in 2013, but we do know that Kelly will be coaching him. The 26-year-old wide receiver recently talked to ESPN about playing for a new coach.
“I was looking at what he did at Oregon. My little cousin is actually De’Anthony Thomas, the Black Momba, so our styles are kind of similar,” Jackson said. “What he’s done in that offense as far as lighting it up and getting in that end zone, that’s what I’m excited about.”
Thomas (5-9, 173) had 32 touchdowns (18 rushing, 14 receiving) in 27 games under Kelly.
“Just being in different positions in the offense, being able to come in to 2013 with a different look, no defense out there will have ever seen anything the Philadelphia Eagles have done,” Jackson added. “If Chip Kelly’s able to bring that edge to the table where we can go out there and keep people off-guard, and people won’t know what we’re doing… I’m very excited about the opportunity.”
Thanks to Brian Solomon for the link.