Perceptions are not always the reality in the NFL, and despite being a witness to his 154 performance against the Redskins, one NFL personnel guru doesn’t believe DeSean Jackson is the best deep threat in the NFL.
Gil Brandt has scouted and assessed a lot of players during his legendary NFL career, but while grading the list of top deep threats in the game, Jackson fell to third on his list.
3) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson’s monster Week 1 performance against Washington (eight catches, 154 yards, two touchdowns) should have been infuriating for fans of the Buccaneers, and especially for Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, who shipped Jackson out of town after he failed to develop a rapport with QB Jameis Winston. In his return to the franchise where he first made his name as a three-time Pro Bowler, Jackson demonstrated instant chemistry with Carson Wentz, connecting on touchdown tosses of 51 and 53 yards against another of Jackson’s old teams, the Washington Redskins. Jackson is now second all-time in touchdowns of 50-plus yards (including punt returns) with 31, trailing only Jerry Rice. He also leads all active players in catches of 25-plus yards with 129.
Brandt appeared to rank his players based on reputation and not what they currently bring to the teams they are on.
Buccaneers star Mike Evans, and Browns star wide receiver, Odell Beckham, rounded out the top-five.
In the category of yards per reception, Jones has a career average of 15.3 yards per catch. Antonio Brown for his career has a yards per catch average of 13.4.
Jackson has one of the highest yards per catch average in NFL history, averaging out at 17.4 yards per reception.