Sean McVey has been trying to turn the Los Angeles Rams from a playoff team, into a Super Bowl contender. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was signed in a blockbuster trade deal to facilitate this and now McVey has added another big piece to that jigsaw.
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson signed with the team on Sunday, giving the Rams that much-needed deep-threat that no doubt McVey felt the team sorely needed.
Welcome to LA, @DeSeanJackson10!
We’ve agreed to terms with WR DeSean Jackson. pic.twitter.com/UF5eNqtzTy
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 22, 2021
“Add Some Juice”
It was a question that was clearly at the forefront of journalists minds when they interviewed coach McVey and Rams general manager Les Snead on Friday, asking both about the chances of the Rams landing a deep-threat receiver.
“We’re always trying to add some juice,” McVey said in response. “And we’ll see what the next month and a half entails,” he added somewhat cryptically.
“Every offense probably in the NFL would love a deep threat, right?” commented Snead to the same question. “If I added to that, it doesn’t necessarily have to be someone that catches one deep ball a game; those can be low-percentage throws. But when you definitely have skill players with juice, that can threaten the top shelf of the coverage.”
It seems that DeSean Jackson is the man that the Rams have chosen to fulfil that role.
Deep Threat Receiver With NFL Record
When it comes to deep threat, no receiver in the history of the NFL can match DeSean Jackson when it comes to 60-plus-yard touchdowns.
Jackson has caught 24 of those deep passes and ran them in for scores. The most by any player in the history of the NFL.
He also ranks sixth all-time in yards per reception at 17.4.
This does indicate that Jackson can become a much greater part of the Rams passing game than simply an occasional deep threat and that is something that Matt Stafford will be delighted to have.
Prior to this, the Rams had Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and second-year star Van Jefferson as their main three wide receivers, although tight end Tyler Higbee has been used extensively in the passing game too.
Veteran Player With Plenty Of Upside
Jackson offers a considerable upgrade for this corps and although he is 34 years old and will be playing his 13th NFL season, he is still capable of playing at a high level. He is certainly a veteran player with plenty of upside for the Rams.
DeSean Jackson is signing with the Rams, per @MikeGarafolo
Jackson on throws 20+ yards since 2008:
🔸122 catches (1st)
🔸4,870 yards (1st)
🔸40 TDs (1st) pic.twitter.com/Hfwr7A45KC
— PFF (@PFF) March 22, 2021
Jackson had been released by the Philadelphia Eagles back in February after an injury hit couple of seasons that began with so much promise, when Jackson scored two 50+ yard touchdowns in the 2019 season opener with Washington.
However, he then only played in two more games that season due to a core muscle injury and an injured ankle. He also only managed to play in five games last season, scoring a single touchdown (for 81 yards).
He has 612 receptions in his career for 10,656 yards in total and has scored 60 touchdowns in total (which includes four rushing touchdowns and also four punt returns for touchdowns).
He spent the first six years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in 2008, before spending three years in Washington, two in Tampa Bay and then the last two years with Philadelphia.
Given that the Rams do not have much draft capital, having traded away a number of picks, Jackson represents a good value option at receiver and a proven track record in being the type of receiver the Rams need to enhance their young and talented core group.