Rams News: DeSean Jackson Projecting Big Performance From Offense in 2021
After being eliminated in the 2020 divisional playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams are gearing up for a deeper run in the 2021 NFL season. The organization overhauled the offense during the offseason, including swapping out Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford under center and bringing in veteran wideout DeSean Jackson on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.
Even though he hasn't played a second of an actual game with the Rams yet, Jackson is already convinced that the team's offense is going to be scary in 2021. The three-time Pro Bowler told the NFL Network this week that opposing teams won't know what to do with all of Los Angeles' receivers.
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Jackson said that he, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, second-year man Van Jefferson and rookie Tutu Atwell could cause issues for opposing defensive coordinators, especially with Stafford throwing the ball. The 33-year-old signal-caller has thrown for over 4,000 passing yards eight times in his 12-year career, including last season when he finished with 4,084 while throwing 26 touchdowns. Needless to say, he should be an upgrade over Goff.
"With a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, it’s really mind-boggling for other defenses or defensive coordinators to really be sitting back, like, ‘Man, how are we going to stop these dudes?’ For me, I’ve been on some pretty good receiving corps, but Robert and Coop, in addition to Van and Tutu, it’s going to be scary."- DeSean Jackson, Rams WR
While it's not unusual for a player to hype up their team ahead of an upcoming season, it's not like Jackson's praise is unwarranted. After all, Kupp and Woods each had over 900 receiving yards last season. Jefferson, a 2020 second-round pick, managed to finish his rookie season with 220 receiving yards and a touchdown — and that's without even starting a single game.
Meanwhile, Atwel, who was taken at No. 57 overall at this year's draft, recorded 1,897 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in his final 22 college football games. That's not to mention Jackson. Even though he's no longer in his prime, he does have 395 yards and 3 TDs in eight games over the last two seasons — putting him on pace for over 800 yards and 6 scores in a 17-game season.
The Rams are currently tied for the 5th-best odds to win Super Bowl 56 at +1400, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds rank them third in the NFC behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+650) and San Francisco 49ers (+1300). Having Jackson's prediction for the offensive proven true would be a major step in solidifying these championship odds.
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