During the NFL’s offseason in 2019, Wide Receiver Desean Jackson was traded back to the Philadelphia Eagles to finish his career where it started.

Birds fans everywhere felt a rush of nostalgia as they watched number ten wear the midnight green once again.

While most fans were pleased with the speedster’s return, some doubted how much the 33-year-old could still contribute. The haters haven’t stayed quiet, even catching the attention of Jackson himself.

On Tuesday, Jackson, via his Instagram account, posted the photo below on his story.

Photo: DeSean Jackson Instagram

While many will point to Jackson’s age as a sign of caution, he has quietly proven that age is just a number. In his first game back with the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson scorched the Washington secondary to produce eight receptions, 154 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.

During this contest, Jackson had both a 53-yard touchdown and a 51-yard touchdown. He reached a maximum speed of 21.40mph during these two plays, via NFL’s next-gen stats. This should shut down any argument on whether Jackson’s speed has faded.

Jackson had surgery to repair a core muscle injury on November 5th, 2019. If the Eagles had won their playoff game versus the Seahawks, Jackson would have returned the next week. Since then, Jackson has been seen — via his Instagram and twitter — staying in top shape and working on his game for the upcoming 2020 season.

The veteran wideout seems incredibly eager to step onto the field in 2020 with Carson Wentz and company. Assuming everything goes well and Jackson stays healthy, what are fair expectations for the receiver in 2020?

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The Philadelphia Eagles will enter the summer completely healthy. The potential for Jackson and the offense this season is limitless. The Birds have come through on their promise and have acquired speed through the draft and free agency.

The Eagles now have one of the fastest offenses in the NFL…

  • WR Jalen Reagor – 4.47 (40-yard dash time)
  • WR DeSean Jackson – 4.35
  • WR Marquise Goodwin – 4.27 (t-6th fastest in NFL Combine history)
  • WR John Hightower – 4.43
  • WR Quez Watkins – 4.36
  • RB Boston Scott – 4.45
  • RB Miles Sanders – 4.49
  • QB Jalen Hurts – 4.59

When speed is amongst other speed, good things tend to happen.

It almost hurts to imagine what numbers Jackson could have produced with Wentz in 2019 due to their strong start in week one. They could have done crazy things on the field together. This season, however, Jackson and Wentz will both be 100% healthy and now have another full year to mesh with each other on and off the field.

DeSean Jackson will be entering his 13th season this fall with much more to accomplish. He has been a 1,000-yard receiver five times and has been selected to three pro bowls. His career thus far has been nothing short of spectacular, establishing himself as one of the most evolutionary deep-threats the NFL has ever seen.

Jackson has his eyes on one more goal before his inevitable last dance: to be crowned a Super Bowl Champion.
With Wentz seemingly as hungry and motivated as Jackson, the two could possibly have that dream become a reality.

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