Wide Receiver Reggie Brown was listed as doubtful today for the season opener against the Rams on Sunday. Brown has been plagued by a hamstring injury for most of the preseason.
Head Coach Andy Reid said he wouldn’t name his starters, and would go with a committee at receiver, rotating Hank Baskett, Greg Lewis, Jason Avant, and Desean Jackson. However, other sources, including offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, have said that Jackson would start at the “Z,” or flanker, spot, with Baskett and Lewis rotating at the “X” position; leaving Avant to play the slot. If Jackson starts, he will be only the fourth rookie to start on opening day under the Reid era, and the first rookie wide receiver to start since Calvin Williams in 1990.
Let’s hope we can succeed with these four playing, although many doubt we can get it done, even with Brown and Curtis. If the wide receivers struggle in this game, and are the cause of a loss over the next two weeks, especially against Dallas, I think you can expect Philly fans to storm the Nova Care Complex with clubs and torches.
People compare Jackson to Panthers WR Steve Smith, but we better hope he is more like Randy Moss, who caught the most touchdowns as a rookie (17) in NFL history.
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