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DeSean Jackson is right. Get your popcorn ready.

Louie DiBiase

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A motivated DeSean Jackson came into Wednesday’s press conference with a message to fans. When he hits the field during Sunday’s season opener against Washington, have your popcorn ready.

“The one game I played in last year, you can see what DeSean Jackson can still do. I know what I’m capable of. Everybody sitting at home, get your popcorn ready for Sunday.”

The 34-year old WR hopes to play in his first full game since Week 1 of last season, after missing all but a few more snaps with an abdominal injury.

He is right to be as confident as he is. Throughout his 12 appearances in a Week 1 matchup, Jackson has been a walking highlight reel.

That started the minute he first stepped foot onto an NFL field.

Jackson currently has 59 Week 1 receptions for 931 yards and six touchdowns. That is an average of 4.9 REC, 77.5 YDS, and 1/2 TD per season opener. Six of those games included a 100+ yard receiving performance.

Pretty impressive.

Jackson also made a significant impact in the return game during his first two Week 1’s. Jackson finished with 97 punt return YDS in his NFL debut against St. Louis in 2008. He took a punt return in the 2009 season opener against Carolina to the house from 86 yards back.

His strong starts to the season haven’t gone away the older he gets. In a 2018 shootout with the New Orleans Saints, Jackson had 146 YDS and 2 TD. We all remember his 154 YDS and 2 TD showing last year against Washington.

That is 300 YDS and 4 TD for a 33 year old WR.

The beginning of football season is exciting on its own, but Jackson, one of the NFL’s most exciting players to ever step foot on the field, has consistently blew that excitement through the roof with game-breaking plays.

Calling him a tone setter would be an understatement.

Hopefully that same production will come Sunday. Over the last two seasons, the Eagles have started games and seasons far too slow on offense.

That needs to change if this team doesn’t want to find themselves in difficult positions at the end of the season, needing a near-miracle to make the playoffs.

Jackson will be key in that change.

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Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a writer, host, and producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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