- 11/28/2011, 12:49PM ET
PatsFan21 said 11/28, 12:49 PM
It is becoming increasingly apparent that DeSean Jackson will not be back with the Philadelphia Eagles next year. That said, who should sign the speedy wideout.
Bias aside, I think the best choice is the New England Patriots.
Before you rush to call me a homer, think about it.
Jackson is EXACTLY what the Patriots need. He is a fast deep threat who can stretch the defense, something the Patriots lack at receiver. Right now, they have a bunch of possession, short yardage receivers, like Welker, Branch, and Edelman.
With Jackson, he can completley open up the offense and create even more room for the tight ends, Gronk and Hernandez. Plus, they would have a young core of the two TE's and Jackson. That's great for the future.
Finally, Jackson is a prolific kick returner, something the Patriots have lacked for a long time. Edelman took one back last week, but they rarely get much from the return team, Jackson would add to that as well.
Finally, if anyone can handle Jackson, its New England. They handled Moss and can do the same for DeSean.
New England is clearly the best option.
DJRoxalot said 11/28, 01:07 PM
You are a classic homer. New England is a smart team that drafts players wisely and does not go for the overrated free agent types. Tempted to say the Redskins, but they don't have a QB.
The Baltimore Ravens should sign Jackson. They went out and traded for Lee Evans, but that hasn't worked out so well. He has just 3 catches and has been hurt. Since contracts aren't guaranteed...they can release him and sign Jackson.
Anquan Boldin is a perfect possession WR that would give the Ravens the luxury of using Jackson as the deep threat they so desperately need in their offense to stretch the field. Torrey Smith has been a nice surprise, but he would be a perfect 3rd WR.
The Pats average 30.1ppg, 3rd in the NFL.
The Ravens average 24.7ppg, 7th in the NFL. But, they lost to Seattle and Jacksonville. They scored just 17 points against Seattle and 7 points against the Jags. They need some more help on offense.
The Ravens need to add some offense and he would be perfect on ST. The Ravens window is closing with their defense aging. Adding Jackson would help their vertical passing game. Imagine 3 WR's with Boldin, Jackson and Smith.
PatsFan21 said 11/28, 01:40 PM
First off, it is really funny hearing YOU call someone a homer.
Why would the Ravens sign Jackson? There is little reason. They already have Lee Evans locked in and there is no sign they are cutting him.
But most importantly, why would they add a deep threat when they just drafted and are trying to develop one in Torrey Smith. Adding Jackson would stunt the development of Smith. That said, they don't need DeSean.
Imagine 3 WR's in that system? Um, thats not good at all. We all know that Jackson and Boldin demand the ball. The Ravens are a RUNNING team, they normally do not throw a lot. There aren't enough balls to go around.
Now, consider the Patriots. A pass first offense who needs a deep threat and return man. They have the possession receivers and red zone threats, plus an elite QB, now all they need is a speedy guy for the outside. Someone to stretch the D. That guy is Jackson.
Would DeSean be a distraction? Doubt it. He will be a focal point of the offense and that will satisfy him. Ocho hasn't done a lot but he still hasn't been a huge distractiona and nothing was said about Haynesworth.
Patriots are the most logical spot.
DJRoxalot said 11/28, 01:56 PM
"They already have Lee Evans locked in and there is no sign they are cutting him."
NFL contracts aren't guaranteed. Evans is inconsistent and not the deep threat Jackson is. Plus, Jackson would help out in the return game.
"Adding Jackson would stunt the development of Smith."
Injuries occur, trust me on that. If my Raiders had let Michael Bush walk last offseason, we would have been screwed. You have to have depth in the NFL. Houston, Chicago, and Indianapolis know this.
The Ravens know injuries happen, Evans hasn't done much for them. And it isn't uncommon for teams to cut players that get hurt. Javon Walker got cut in Oakland.
Boldin demands the ball, but Jackson won't demand it in NE with Welker and the TE's they have?
You have to do better than that.
"The Ravens are a RUNNING team, they normally do not throw a lot. There aren't enough balls to go around."
They use the running game to set up the passing game. They have thrown 412 times as opposed to 284 rush attempts.
Flacco is averaging a career high 236ypg. They are trying to throw the ball more and Jackson would give him the deep threat he needs.
PatsFan21 said 11/28, 02:37 PM
Bush and Smith are in two VERY different situations and Bush is irrelevant to this TD. Smith is a rookie who needs playing time to develop. Why sign someone who does exactly what Smith does to take away his playing time?
That's stupid. Baltimore drafted him high for a reason.
Houston and Indy's QB situation is unrelated to this. Smith needs playing time. He isn't a depth guy.
You continue to miss the point here. You say Jackson would give Flacco a deep threat. He already has one! Smith is that guy.
Signing Jackson just stunts the growth of Smith.
New England doesn't have that deep threat. Jackson fills a NEED. Plus NE is way more capable of satisfying him. He gets to play in a Pass-First O with an elite QB. Jackson will just complain about not being the focal point in Baltimore.
New England can handle his character and use him better. They did the same with Randy Moss. They have the big red zone targets, they have the possession receivers, now they need the field stretcher. Jackson is that guy. Signing Jackson completes their offense. They need a return man and a deep threat. DeSean Jackson is that.
NE makes much more sense.
DJRoxalot said 11/28, 03:11 PM
Injuries, junior. Try and keep up. Injuries do matter. They can snatc h a playoff spot away from a team in the blink of an eye.
Smith has 31 catches. He is young and raw, he is still learning. Bring in Jackson to start opposite Boldin and let Smith learn at his pace. He is a better fit as 3rd WR anyway.
"New England can handle his character and use him better. They did the same with Randy Moss."
They did? How many teams did Moss play for last season, huh? NE. Minnesota. Tennessee. 3 different teams because they handled the situation soooo great.
They don't need to act desperate and bring in Jackson. Plus, I doubt they will pay what his asking price will be.
In 2008, he had 121 passes thrown his way. He is used to seeing the ball thrown his way a lot. Jackson will not respond well when he has to share passes with Welker, Branch, Gronkowski and Hernandez.
The Pats have a high octane offense already. They need to improve the defense, if they really want to return to the Super Bowl that is.
32nd in total ypg allowed
32nd against the pass
12th against the run
11th in ppg allowed
NR needs to fix the defense, before they overpay a WR.
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