There’s no hiding the fact that DeSean Jackson is the Eagles biggest play maker. The production he has had in his first two seasons has been incredible. He has definitely made a name for himself in this league, and that is both good and bad. It’s good because the Eagles have one of the most dynamic players in the league. However, teams will now do everything in their power to shut him down.
Come Sunday, Packers corner Charles Woodson will have one objective: take DeSean Jackson out of the game.
Woodson is a guy that seemed to fly under the radar for a bit, but proved he’s still one of the best in 2009. At 33 years old, he’s seen his fair share of receivers in this league and should have his hands full with the young gun on Sunday.
It will be interesting to see how Woodson plays Jackson on Sunday. He has a size advantage over the smaller Jackson, but you can’t over look Jackson’s killer speed. Woodson may try and get physical at the line, but if Jackson can get off the jam quickly he should be able to leave Woodson in his dust.
Another interesting thing to keep an eye on will be whether or not the Packers chose to provide safety help over the top. I believe this is something Jackson will have to face a lot this year, but I’m not sure he’ll see it right off the bat on Sunday.
With Woodson having the pedigree he does, the Packers may chose to start the game letting him run single coverage on Jackson. This will allow other players to focus their attention on the other Eagles weapons.
I’m sure the Eagles will watch the Woodson-Jackson match-up from the start and see how the Packers decide to play him.
Jackson can have an impact on Sunday without having a big statistical day. If he proves too much for Woodson to handle alone early, the Packers will be forced to give him help. If this happens, other players should see mismatches and be able to take advantage.
It’s possible that Jackson could be a non-factor statistically on Sunday, but he should open things up for other players at the very least.
What impact do you think DeSean Jackson will have on Sunday?
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