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The fact that he was running with the second- and third-teamers doesn’t drop DeSean Jackson from the list. Jackson is entering year two of a five-year, $51 million deal he signed last offseason.
Sal Paolantonio was on 97.5 The Fanatic talking with Mike Missanelli, and mentioned that Jackson may see his snaps diminish this season. Paolantonio said Chip Kelly’s no-huddle, no-substitution, hurry-up offense is predicated around highly versatile players who can do a variety of things on the field.
Jackson’s small stature leaves him unable to do much in the form of an offense built around tight ends. For now, Jackson remains the No. 1 receiver, even though he would be best utilized in the slot with two bigger receivers on the outside.
Jeremy Maclin will undoubtedly be the second receiver entering 2013, and he should be primed for big numbers given that it is a contract year. Jason Avant has the temporary edge on Arrelious Benn for the slot receiver spot, seeing as Avant has held down the role for a handful of seasons already. Damaris Johnson will push for playing time in the slot role, though.
The interesting battles will be the final spots, which will be among veterans like Riley Cooper, Nick Miller, and Greg Salas, against undrafted rookies like Russell Shepard and Ifeanyi Momah.
Depth Chart: DeSean Jackson (1), Jeremy Maclin (2), Jason Avant (3), Arrelious Benn (4), Damaris Johnson (5), Riley Cooper (6), Greg Salas (7), Russell Shepard (8), Ifeanyi Momah (9), Nick Miller (10), B.J. Cunningham (11), Will Murphy (12)