Friday, December 26, 2014

Chasing History - DeSean Jackson

Throughout training camp, we'll look at different Eagles who could make history during the 2012 season. Here's what could be ahead for wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Chasing History - DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson has averaged 1,021 receiving yards a season. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson has averaged 1,021 receiving yards a season. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Throughout training camp, we'll look at different Eagles who could make history during the 2012 season. Here's what could be ahead for wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  

DeSean Jackson already has set himself apart from other receivers in the NFL. His 13 touchdowns of 60 yards or more are the most in NFL history by a player before turning 26.

And since entering the league, Jackson has an NFL-best 25 receptions of 40 or more yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns of at least 50 yards. Simply put, Jackson is a deep threat on every snap.

Jackson also is on the verge of joining a legendary pair of wide receivers. If he reaches at least 900 receiving yards this season, he'll join Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history to have at least 900 receiving yards in their first five seasons.

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That's elite company for a former second-round draft pick. But since Jackson has averaged 1,021 receiving yards a season, it's hardly a stretch to say it's within his reach.

What will be tougher is catching Rice. Moss' streak stopped after six seasons, but Rice started his career with 12 straight such seasons.

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