Soon after Sean McVay took over head coaching duties for the Los Angeles Rams, the speculation was that he would acquire DeSean Jackson. Jackson, released by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, played under McVay while with the Washington Football Team so it made a certain amount of sense. But it never came to fruition. But right now, it makes more sense. The Rams made an improvement at the quarterback position when they traded for Matthew Stafford. It’s only fitting that they do the same at the receiving position. Especially now, since the NFC West is likely to be be one of, if not the toughest division in all of football this season. Late Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams announced the signing of veteran receiver and new deep threat addition DeSean Jackson. The Los Angeles Rams and DeSean Jackson have agreed to a one-year deal at possibly the perfect time.
Los Angeles Rams and DeSean Jackson Have Agreed To a One-Year Deal
DeSean Jackson, as mentioned, has spent three seasons under the offensive coordinating skills of McVay and should have no trouble acclimating to McVay as his head coach. If healthy, this is already an upgrade over any current Rams player or prospect that may still join the team. That being said, Jackson has played in only eight games in the past two seasons and at 34 years of age, it’s likely the Rams continue scouting duties.
If he stays healthy, with Matthew Stafford at the helm, Jackson is capable of being a major contributor. While in 13 seasons in the NFL, he’s never amassed 10 or more receiving touchdowns, Jackson did reach nine scores twice and he could approach that range with ease in this offense. He also topped the 1,000-yard mark two of the three years under McVay. While Jackson may not reach that level of production in 2021, he will still be a valuable weapon for the Rams.
Jackson was a standout in high school at Long Beach Poly. USC showed interest but he went to north to play for California. Along the way, he developed quite the reputation both on and off the field. Coming up in the Crenshaw district, he’s still somewhat notorious on the streets of Los Angeles.
But Jackson has matured and assuming he has a team first mentality and can stay healthy, the Rams will be very happy they signed him.