Jackson (abdomen) said Saturday that he's now healthy, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Jackson had season-ending surgery in early November to repair a core muscle injury, but there were some whispers he might try to return in January if the Eagles made a deep playoff run. The team's first-round exit prevented him from having a chance, and it sounds like it would've been a long shot in any case. The 33-year-old wideout is now entering the second season of a three-year, $27 million contract, with 77.4 percent of his $6.2 million base salary for 2020 guaranteed. Jackson has missed an average of 5.2 games over the past five seasons.
Jackson (abdomen) should be back with the Eagles in 2020, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. An abdomen injury limited Jackson to three appearances and 65 offensive snaps in 2019, but he did stand out in his one healthy appearance with an 8-154-2 receiving line Week 1 against Washington. The Eagles don't have much incentive to part ways with the 33-year-old wideout, considering his three-year, $27 million contract guarantees 77.4 percent of his $6.2 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. With multiple reports suggesting he would've had a shot to return if the Eagles had made a deep playoff run, Jackson presumably is on track to regain his health before the offseason program begins in April. He had surgery Nov. 5 to repair a torn abdominal muscle.
Jackson (abdomen) caught nine of his 10 targets for 159 yards and two touchdowns across three games in the 2019 season. Jackson's loss to an abdominal strain in Week 2 was devastating to the Eagles' offense as the 32-year-old was expected to help open up the Eagles' passing game. Instead, he missed six games before attempting to come back for Week 9, when he aggravated the injury, this time tearing the affected muscle completely and requiring what would be season-ending surgery. However, the 12-year-vet was said to be nearing a return if the Eagles could have advanced to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, so he should be good to go as he attempts to redeem a lost season in 2020.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Jackson (abdomen) is "getting close" to a return and could be ready to come off injured reserve when first eligible in the divisional round, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports. Jackson seems to be progressing well from his November surgery, but the Eagles will first have to dispatch the Seahawks in the wild-card round before the wideout's return is seriously entertained. If Philadelphia advances and Jackson gets the green light to play in the divisional round, he would provide a major boost to an Eagles receiver room that currently counts former practice squad member Greg Ward as its top option.
Jackson (abdomen) is expected to be reinstated from injured reserve in the event the Eagles advance to the divisional round of the postseason, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports. Despite winning a head-to-head matchup with Dallas on Sunday to take a one-game lead in the NFC East standings, the Eagles will still need to defeat the Giants in Week 17 or have the Cowboys lose to the Redskins before securing a playoff spot. If the Eagles can punch their ticket to the postseason and win a home matchup in the wild-card round, their depleted receiving corps could get a much-needed addition in Jackson, who is reportedly progressing well in his recovery from the abdominal surgery he required in early November. As McManus notes, Jackson's speed was recently clocked at 19 miles per hour during his rehab, signaling that he should be capable of filling his role as the Eagles' top downfield threat. Even if Philadelphia is eliminated before Jackson is first eligible to return from IR in the second round of the postseason, the 33-year-old looks like he'll at least head into the offseason at or near full strength.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/05||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|13||12/06||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|14||12/13||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
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|3 Year Avg||58||33||534||3||24||16.18||73|