The Eagles will rely heavily on DeSean Jackson this Sunday against the Washington Redskins as rookie Nick Foles will most likely get the start while Michael Vick recovers from a concussion suffered against the Cowbows.
The fifth-year receiver is struggling so far this year, but the change at the quarterback couldn’t come at a better time for the struggling Eagles.
Foles was looking for the big-play receiver throughout the game. He targeted Jackson eight times, seven of them on short-yard attempts and completed three of them for 22 yards.
Philadelphia gets an easier matchup this week as the Redskins allow 301.7 passing yards per game, which is 30th in the league, and only 14 sacks, which is tied for 28th in the league. Even with the Eagles’ offensive line issues, they shouldn’t have to worry about protecting Foles too much.
The Eagles have five good pass-catchers in Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, LeSean McCoy and Jason Avant. In order for the Eagles to turn their season around, Jackson will need to take advantage of the Redskins’ secondary in all aspects of the passing game.