For the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense, wide receiver DeSean Jackson fulfills the need for speed.
In 13 starts this season, Jackson has hauled in 56 catches for 1,087 yards. That 19.4 yards-per-catch average ranks first among all receivers with at least 15 catches.
For Champ Bailey and Andre’ Goodman, respecting Jackson’s speed is a given. But the antidote for the second-year standout’s athletic ability is keeping him from breaking the big gain.
“I think you’d rather give up those 10- or 12-yard comebacks than to give up those 60-yard plays for touchdowns,” Goodman said. “You’ve got to stay on top of him. There’s no doubt there and just force them to make those short throws and come up with the tackle.”