Friday, March 27, 2015

DeSean '09 vs. DeSean '10

After DeSean Jackson's monster game Sunday night, is he on pace to have a better season than he had in '09? Here's a look at the numbers.

DeSean '09 vs. DeSean '10

After the Bears game, I warned to not read too much into DeSean Jackson's numbers being down.

The reason?

Jackson's game is built on being one of the most explosive players in the NFL. He may have a couple poor games statistically, but the next big play is usually right around the corner.

And that's what happened Sunday night - Jackson exploded for 210 yards on four catches.

Now he leads the Eagles with 972 yards receiving, a number that ranks seventh in the NFL. Jackson's averaging 81 yards per game, which ranks fifth and 23.1 yards per catch (first).

Here's a look at how Jackson's per/game numbers compare to 2009:

  Catches/g. Yds/g. Yds/catch
2009 4.1 77.1 18.6
2010 3.8 81.0 23.1

As you can see, catches per game are down slightly, yards per game are up and yards per catch up are up significantly.

In fact, I took a look at the yards per catch leaders over the last 10 years, and among receivers with at least 20 catches, only two have finished a season with a yars per catch number greater than 23.1.

Actually, it was the same guy: the Saints' Devery Henderson. In 2008, he averaged 24.8. And in 2006, he averaged 23.3.

Jackson has 14 catches of 25 yards or more, second in the NFL behind the Broncos' Brandon Lloyd.

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Last year, he had a total of 18 catches that gained 20 yards or more. With three games left, he's already got 19 this season.

And keep in mind that the first two columns in the above chart are slightly deceiving. They count Jackson's numbers against the Falcons, when he was knocked out in the first quarter.

Take that game away, and he's averaging 4.1 catches and 93.8 yards per game.

It's amazing how Jackson's performance has been a great indicator of whether the Eagles win or lose. In victories, he's averaging 27.2 yards per catch and has six touchdowns. In defeat, he's averaging 8.3 yards per catch and has zero scores.

Two other notes on his splits: Jackson has done a lot of damage early in games. Over 48 percent of his yards and five of his six touchdowns have come in the first quarter.

And the big plays often are a result of the Eagles taking chances on first down. Nearly 57 percent of Jackson's yards and four of his touchdowns have come on first down.

So, while there's still a lot to be decided in the final three games, it's fair to assume that the Eagles will try to get Jackson the ball early against the Giants, Vikings and Cowboys.

And it's also fair to say that up to this point in the season, he's been a more effective deep threat than he was in 2009.

Earlier Monday, I posted Man Up on the defense.

Sheil Kapadia
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