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DeSean Jackson Reveals Why He Signed With Rams

Max Staley
DeSean Jackson reveals why he signed with the Los Angeles Rams.
DeSean Jackson reveals why he signed with the Los Angeles Rams. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams have had a pretty noisy offseason, headlined of course by the trade that sent Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford. But that also left the already cap-strapped Rams without much financial flexibility, forcing the team to strengthen the roster with some more under-the-radar additions.

One such name is premier deep threat DeSean Jackson, who signed with Los Angeles on a one-year, $4.5 million deal. And Jackson recently shed some light on why he elected to sign with the Rams.

I could have went to other teams, other places. But my focus was really reuniting with Sean McVay. Talking to McVay once I was a free agent and really kind of having those open conversations, talking about the possibilities, it was something that was intriguing for me. So, I think that outweighs everything.

DeSean Jackson

It sounds like the veteran's decision was all about Sean McVay, who was Jackson's offensive coordinator for three years with Washington.

If he can stay healthy, Jackson should be an excellent fit in McVay's offense. Last year was the first season the team didn't have a true burner on the roster under McVay. Brandin Cooks filled that role from 2018-19, and Sammy Watkins was the primary deep threat back in 2017. With both gone, LA never really found a one-to-one replacement for the 2020 campaign.

That's not to knock Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp, it's just that they do their best work in the short or intermediate passing game, not down the field.

Jackson should have no trouble filling that void if he can stay healthy. Though he's only played 20 games over the past three seasons, Jackson is still an absolute blur. He's averaged 18.3 yards per catch over the past three years. For reference, that would've been the third-best mark in the NFL in 2020.

He has the chance to be a great pickup for the rocket-armed Stafford and Rams.

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