Earlier this offseason, we took a look at 2009 performances by Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek.
Next up is DeSean Jackson.
Jackson was one of the best big-play threats in the league a year ago, catching 62 balls for 1,156 yards, while averaging 18.6 yards per reception.
Four players last year caught at least 60 balls for at least 1,000 yards, while averaging 16.0 yards or more per catch: Jackson, Miles Austin, Vincent Jackson and Greg Jennings.
Over the past five seasons, 15 receivers have reached those marks. Here's the list:
The number that really set Jackson's season apart was yards per catch (18.6). In the past five seasons, only two other receivers have had 60+ catches for 1,000+ yards and averaged at least 18 yards per catch: Steve Smith in 2008 and Terry Glenn in 2005.
Two other things that stand out that are related. Here's a height comparison for the players mentioned above:
You'll notice that there's a group of big receivers: Austin, V. Jackson, Owens, Edwards, Williams, Burress and R. Moss. Other than Austin, those tall receivers did not pick up a lot of yards after the catch, and understandably so. Austin averaged 6.9 YAC last season. None of the other guys averaged more than 4.4.
The big YAC guys were the receivers under 6 feet. D. Jackson, Jennings, Smith, S. Moss. Those are the types of receivers to compare Jackson and his style of play to.
The bottom line here is that Jackson's performance in 2009 was very rare. It's quite possible (and probably even likely) that he'll never top that 18.6 number for yards per catch again in his career.
But he will continue to be a big-play receiver and one of the league's biggest downfield threats. The obvious focus on Jackson in 2010 will be whether he and Kevin Kolb are able to connect as effectively as he and Donovan McNabb did in 2009.