Eagles' DeSean Jackson hints at his role in Chip Kelly's offense
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Want to know how Chip Kelly intends to use DeSean Jackson?
Go to YouTube and type in the name De'Anthony Thomas.
Jackson, at the Super Bowl media center on Friday being whisked from one radio row interview to another, said the new Eagles coach gave him an idea of how he will be utilized in the offense when they spoke a few weeks ago.
"Kind of similar to what De'Anthony Thomas was doing at Oregon. He's like a little brother to me. I actually talked to him," Jackson said. "He was passing on information to me, like I'm going to be pumped up and psyched to be in that offense. It just keeps defenses off guard any time you go in motion, fake play-action, go down the field. There's just so many things you can do."
Thomas is listed as a running back, but the Ducks junior-to-be is too versatile to be defined by one position. With Kelly as his coach for two seasons, Thomas did it all - rushing, receiving, and returning - and already has 2,235 all-purpose yards.
Jackson and Thomas have much in common. They're both fast, they're both small (Jackson is listed 5-foot-10, 175 pounds; Thomas is a thicker 5-9, 173), and they're both from the Los Angeles area. Jackson said Kelly told him to be prepared to have the ball in his hands more than usual, but other than that provided little detail.
"He called me and was very excited. I could tell in his voice," Jackson said. "He was like, 'Let me know when you're back in Philly so we can just talk face to face.' I actually talked to Pat Shurmur. He was my coach when I first got to Philly. He's excited, as well."
The Eagles have not confirmed the hiring, but Shurmur will be the Eagles' new offensive coordinator. Jackson said he had no idea whether Michael Vick, Nick Foles, or another quarterback would be throwing him passes next season.
"I think Vick is still capable of doing some great things, especially with Chip Kelly having that spread offense," Jackson said. "We'll see."
Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
1 reply to this topic
Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:38 AM
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:27 AM
I do like the sound of a lot of misdirection and keeping defenses off guard - it'll be a breath of fresh air from the stale, predictable offense we had become under Reid and Mornhinweg in recent years.