On Sunday, the Rams put a pleasant little whooping on Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-24. Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford could obtain the majority of his team’s reward for the win, however DeSean Jackson had an awesome recreation in his personal proper — and never solely that, he set a file within the course of.
Jackson racked up 120 yards receiving on solely three catches within the recreation. Stafford hit Jackson on a 75-yard TD reception lower than a minute into the second half, and the 34-year-old receiver gave Tampa’s secondary the BBQ rooster remedy on the play.
That TD for Jackson was the ninth of 75 yards or longer in his profession, and this ties him for essentially the most in NFL historical past with Corridor of Famer Lance Alworth. The landing additionally marks the thirty third of Jackson’s profession of a minimum of 50 yards, bringing him inside 3 of the GOAT, Jerry Rice. Jackson is already forward of legends like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens on this class. Being talked about amongst these names says so much about Jackson’s potential, particularly as he’s below six toes tall.
Jackson won’t be part of the GOAT conversation at his position like Moss, Owens, or Rice, but when it comes to deep threats, you can’t deny his claim as one of the most lethal receivers the NFL has ever seen. And that’s not just in his era, or over the last 20 years. Jackson is an all-time great deep-ball wide receiver.
What makes DeSean’s feat even better is that even at age 34, he’s still beating defensive backs’ speed. At 5-foot-10, he’s never been able to beat guys by being more physical. From the day Jackson entered the league, it’s been about flat-out pace for him. All these years Jackson spent within the NFC East, I’ve seen him roast the Cowboys extra instances than I care to recall. Though Jackson did have one second towards the Cowboys in 2008 that I’m positive he’d like to take again.
However I really feel dangerous for many cornerbacks guarding Jackson, as a result of as soon as they line up, you understand it’s just about a finished deal. He traces up within the slot or exterior, and you understand he’s doubtless operating a go route, however he beats the protection anyway. And Jackson is a a lot better route runner than he will get credit score for.
The best way this Rams offense is wanting three video games into the season, it’s secure to say Jackson may have just a few extra alternatives to catch Rice for the all-time lead in 50+ yard TD receptions. Rice nonetheless holds so many information that I’m positive he received’t thoughts handing this one over in some unspecified time in the future.