New-Look Rams Sign Deep-Threat Receiver DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson Rams Background

  • The Los Angeles Rams sign veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a one-year deal.
  • Jackson gives Sean McVay the deep-threat receiver that he’s coveted.
  • Los Angeles third in the Super Bowl LVI odds board at +1200.

The Los Angeles Rams added to their new look when they agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson is expected to give the Rams the field stretching receiver that has been lacking in Sean McVay’s offense. Los Angeles is one of the betting favorites to win the next Super Bowl and taking a flyer on Jackson is worth the risk.

The Rams moved up in the Super Bowl LVI oddsboards after trading for Matthew Stafford in a blockbuster deal last January. Los Angeles is now third or tied for third in the best NFL betting sites, depending on which sportsbook you use. At SportsBetting.ag, the Rams are tied with the Green Bay Pacers at +1200 with only the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers having shorter odds at +550 and +650 respectively.

Deep Threat Wide Out

While adding DeSean Jackson did not have the same effect in the oddboards, the signing of a veteran wide receiver of his caliber fills a much-needed vacancy for a deep threat wide out in an offense that features Matthew Stafford who was once known to have the strongest arm in the NFL.

Jackson has the most 60+ yards touchdown catches in the history of the NFL with 24. The 23-year NFL veteran also ranks sixth all-time in yards per reception at 17.4. Since 2008, Jackson’s 122 catches, 4,870 receiving yards, and 40 touchdowns on 20+ yards passes are the most in the NFL. With the kind of long-range threat that Jackson brings, he’s going to stretch the field well enough for Stafford cannon arm to operate.

In Los Angeles, Jackson will also be reunited with Sean McVay who served as his offensive coordinator when he played with the Washington Football Team from 2014-2016. The Rams have talented receivers like Robert Woods, Cooper KIpp, and second-year pro Van Jefferson. But McVay’s offense has not had a deep-threat receiver since trading Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans in 2019.

Eagles’ 49th Pick in the 2008 NFL Draft

Jackson was the Philadelphia Eagles 49th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of California, Berkeley where he was named as a consensus First Team All-American in 2006 and 2007. He earned three Pro Bowl selections before he was released by the Eagles in 2014. Jackson then played three seasons for Washington before signing with the Buccaneers in in 2017.

Tampa Bay traded Jackson back to the Eagles in 2019 but played only three games that campaign after undergoing core muscle surgery. He returned to play the first three games of 2020 before injuries limited him to only five games last season. The Rams are hoping that Jackson regains his health in Los Angeles so he can contribute as expected.

Overall, Jackson has caught 612 passes for 10,656 receiving yards with 60 touchdowns, including four rushing scores and four touchdowns from punt returns. One of those punt returns is the 65-yard Miracle in the Meadowlands where he produced the only game-winning punt return on the final play from scrimmage in the history of the NFL.

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