Philadelphia Eagles: Who Is the No. 1 WR, DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin?

Darren GrossmanCorrespondent INovember 9, 2011

Maclin or Jackson?  Who is the better WR?
Maclin or Jackson? Who is the better WR?Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Many people often wonder who is the Eagles' best wide receiver.  Some would say it is undoubtedly DeSean Jackson, who is dynamic and explosive. 

Others would say it is the more consistent Jeremy Maclin, who may not be as much of a deep threat, but who gets open and catches more passes.

This season, Maclin has put up the better numbers, but he has also made some key blunders, such as his dropped pass against Atlanta that cost the Eagles the game.  This past week, Maclin made a catch on fourth down and tripped himself up a yard short of the first down.

Antrel Rolle once said that big-time players step up in big games.  Maclin has been the complete opposite of that.  He has been the anti-clutch.  Maclin seems to play well, but he does not make big plays. 

When the game is on the line, Maclin drops the ball or does not get the first down.  That's not a good sign for the future.

DeSean Jackson, on the other hand, has been very clutch at times in his career.  Everyone remembers the clutch punt return for a touchdown to beat the Giants last year.  However, Jackson has not made much of an impact this season.

Over the last three games, D-Jax has been a complete non-factor.  He only had two catches against the Bears on Monday and had a key fumble on a punt he really had no business trying to return.  Jackson's struggles this year is a bit alarming, especially since he is playing for a new contract.

When it comes to intangibles, the edge has to go to Jackson.  Jackson faces a lot of double-teams, and he also brings multiple defenders deep down the field.  That opens up the middle of the field for Avant, Maclin, Celek and other receivers.  Teams game-plan to contain Jackson, while most teams probably do not game-plan to stop Maclin.

In conclusion, it is really hard to say who is the true No. 1 receiver.  If you are evaluating it on stats alone, Maclin would be the choice, as he has more consistent production and better numbers.  He catches more passes and has consistent production in most games.

Jackson has the occasional big games but is inconsistent.  However, Jackson brings the team an intangible that Maclin does not.  He is a game-changing type of player that teams game-plan to stop. 

He is a deep threat and an explosive player.  He is also one of the fastest players in the league.  For that reason, I would give the slight nod to Jackson. 

Overall, it does not really matter who the No. 1 is.  The Eagles have two wide receivers who are both solid players.  Both guys have a lot of ability and are valuable parts of the team.

So who do you think is the true No. 1?  Post it on the comment section below.