James Yarcho talked about this idea recently here on the site, but it deserves repeating. The reason is that he hit the nail on the head. DeSean Jackson would be a great fit.
He’s a different type of threat than Alshon Jeffrey. Jackson only stands at 5’10” tall, so he is not the big red zone target. He fills a very different role. An element that at times is underrated in the passing game is the downfield threat. An offense needs a guy that can take the top off of a defense. If there is no threat over the top, the defensive backs are going to crowd the line and make short passes impossible. A deep threat is essential.
Jackson is exactly that type of threat. Other than his rookie season, he has never averaged less than 15.6 yards per catch, and if you eliminate that year, his lowest output goes up to 16.2 yards per catch. He has averaged over twenty yard per catch on two separate occasions and last year led the league with 17.9 yards per catch. That’s the story of a player that can get down the field and get open.
Now, he has had some injury problems. But when healthy, which he was in 2016, he is a burner. He will open up the short to intermediate passes for all of his teammates. He would be a perfect fit.
These are five high-end free agents that would make a great fit. What do you think? Have others? Do you like these? Sound off in the comments.
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