Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com believes new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will use DeSean Jackson a lot more on punt returns than Andy Reid did over the past couple of years.
Chip Kelly has already discussed reprising DeSean Jackson as a punt-return weapon, though not at the expense of the Pro Bowl wideout’s health. Jackson had become a non-factor in the return game over the past two years and returned just one punt last season. That’s because Andy Reid believed that he had a championship-caliber team that could compensate weak special teams with an elite offense and defense. Reid greatly miscalculated his talent on both sides of the ball, which led to his downfall and firing. Kelly would like to make a nice splash in his first season, so I’d expect to see Jackson become an important part of the return game again. He probably won’t be the primary guy, but I’d be stunned if Jackson didn’t get double-digit chances and all opportunities in the fourth quarters of close games.
While I don’t believe in sacrificing Jackson’s health on special teams, it would be smart to have return some punts in certain situations.