The Los Angeles Rams have signed their first free agent according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Rams have signed former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson.
Jackson returns home to California where he played college football for Cal. He also reunites with Sean McVay who he played with in Washington. According to Garafolo, McVay reached out personally to Jackson. McVay wanted proven speed for Stafford and now he has it.
The #Rams have now made it official. The LA native is headed home. Can still run at 34. Believes he will be as healthy as ever next season. Sean McVay reached out personally. Wanted proven speed for Matt Stafford. Has it now. https://t.co/etJ9Q50VzQ
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 22, 2021
Jackson fits exactly what the Rams are looking for at the wide receiver position. It wouldn’t be shocking to see them also draft a wide receiver, but given the team’s recent history in playing rookies, signing a veteran makes a lot more sense. The lone issue with Jackson is injuries. He’s played only eight games in the last two years combined.
However, with the Rams, Jackson isn’t going to be the first or second option at wide receiver. That remains Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. As the third or fourth guy though who can rotate in and stretch and play 10-15 snaps per game? Absolutely. Jackson was asked to be the number one option last season for the Eagles at 33 years old.
Last season, Jackson played 30 offensive snaps in three of his five games. Most likely, that won’t be the case with the Rams. Limiting his snaps should hopefully limit his opportunities to get hurt.
With that said, Jackson averaged 16.6 yards per target last season. Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson were the only wide receivers to hit double-digits for the Rams, and they were at 10.2 and 10.4 yards per target, respectively.
Jackson’s long reception of 81 yards was 25 yards more than any Rams receiver and he only played five games.
Additionally, Jackson has experience returning punts. However, he hasn’t returned more than five punts in a season since 2013.
Jackson’s addition is more to bring speed to the offense than be a special team contributor.