Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was one of the NFL's most dynamic punt returners earlier in his career. But his role was reduced by Andy Reid over the past two seasons, and Jackson returned just one punt last season. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher thinks that is going to change with new head coach Chip Kelly.
"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," Mosher wrote Saturday. "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."
Alert to those of you in return-yardage leagues. A couple of days ago, I answered a question on Twitter from someone who asked if he should keep Jackson or Jason Witten in a league that counts return yardage. I said Witten, but knowing that Jackson will be involved with punt returns again might change my opinion. That could be an extra couple hundred yards and a score. We'll see how it all shakes out in camp.
Mosher writes that Jackson, Damaris Johnson, Brandon Boykin , Arrelious Benn , Russell Shepard and perhaps Jeremy Maclin and Felix Jones will all be in the mix to handle some work as a returner this year.