We continue our Nuggets series with a player who needs no introduction. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2009, one in which he earned Pro Bowl honors at both wide receiver and punt returner. His popularity is evident as his jersey was the 20th-best seller according to NFLShop.com for the 2010 offseason.
1. Jackson averaged 18.6 yards per catch last season, which ranked second in the NFL. He was also very deadly after the catch. He averaged 6.4 yards after the catch, according to Football Outsiders, which ranked sixth in the NFL. And that number could rise in 2010. Wrote Football Outsiders, "Jackson is extremely difficult to cover on slants and crossing patters, and if defenders try to sit in the slant, they leave themselves open for Jackson to simply blow by them on a slant-and-go."
2. We all know that Jackson tied the NFL record with eight touchdowns of 50-plus yards in 2009 and he was the first player in NFL history to be voted into the Pro Bowl at two different positions in the same year. But his average of 52.8 yards per touchdown in 2009 was the highest in NFL history among players who scored at least 10 touchdowns in a season. The previous record was 50.6 yards per score which was held by Chicago's Harlon Hill (1956). For his career, the average length of each of Jackson's touchdowns has been 44.7 yards (18 career TDs, including playoffs). Twelve of his 18 touchdowns have been at least 35 yards.
3. Fully understanding and thankful for the impact that his four older brothers had in keeping him focused on his goal of becoming an NFL star, Jackson donates a lot of time to helping kids. Jackson hosted his first football camp earlier this off-season. He is a spokesperson for the Eagles' Play 60 campaign and is also involved with the United Way. Said Jackson, "Out of the whole 24 hours in a day, you've got to find one hour to just get up and walk around the block, play with your friends and be active."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:00 p.m., July 10