DeSean Jackson is down at the Super Bowl. I didn’t catch what he’s doing or promoting. He was being interviewed by someone and talked about himself in the Chip Kelly offense. DeSean said he had talked to Oregon star De’Anthony Thomas, aka the Black Mamba, about Kelly and the offense. Apparently DeSean and De’Anthony are close friends. They’re both from LA and DeSean referred to him as his little brother.
De’Anthony is 5-9, 176. He is a RB, WR, and PR/KOR for Oregon. He just finished his Sophomore season. In 2 years he has 18 rushing TDs, 14 receiving TDs, 3 KOR TDs, and 1 PR TD. Thomas has 306 career touches and 36 TDs. He is a big time weapon.
I don’t think DeSean will be used exactly as De’Athony, but I do expect DeSean to be more involved in the offense. Thomas is a true hybrid RB/WR. DeSean is a WR that can be used on some runs. There is a big difference in those 2 things. Still, DeSean is so dangerous with the ball that it’s foolish not to run him at times. He averaged 15 carries per year for his first 3 seasons. He averaged 7.65 yards per carry and had 3 TDs. In the last 2 seasons DeSean had 10 carries for 34 yards. That’s bad usage and production.
If Kelly can figure out how to use DeSean, I think it will be a huge help to the offense. DeSean has played 5 seasons and scored 30 TDs, 26 on offense. Due to his size DeSean will never be a great Red Zone weapon, but sure never felt like Andy/Marty figured out how to use him even close to effectively in that area.
DeSean said in the interview he’d like 15 to 20 touches a game and hopes to score 3 TDs per game. He was laughing as he said this, but I think he does hope to be more involved. Chip Kelly is watching tape of the Eagles players and I’d love to know what he thought of the way DeSean was used. Chip did face DeSean once in college. Just so happened that was DeSean’s best game at Cal. He had 11 catches for 161 yards and 2 TDs.
Here are some DeSean highlights:
Here is De’Anthony Thomas in action:
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I heard Holly Robinson Peete (Rodney’s wife) on Jim Rome’s show today. She grew up an Eagles fan and was ecstatic when Rodney got signed by the Eagles in 1995. Holly is a huge NFL fan and tells great stories. The best one she told today was about being at The Vet for an Eagles game. She heard someone behind her yelling at Rodney. Holly turned around to defend him and it turned out the heckler was her Aunt Jane. Blood maybe thicker than water, but being an Eagles fan means even more.
Earlier in the week Michael Irvin was on Dan Patrick’s show. Dan was talking about Michael’s appearance (looked dapper) and Michael noticed some white dust on his suit at that moment. Michael then turned hilarious, saying that he’s the one man in America that can’t have white dust on him. Michael told Dan to go get a cup so he could go ahead and get tested. I hated Irvin as a player and mostly as a TV announcer, but he can be a really funny guy at times. That was a great moment of radio.