The Carson-DeSean show is set to get underway

Ed Benkin
September 04, 2019 - 8:44 pm
Eagles player DeSean Jackson and Carson Wentz.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — They've both been waiting a long time for different reasons.

Week One will be special for both Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson. The quarterback is coming off an injury-filled season in which he drew more than his average share of criticism. The wide receiver is back where he belongs after being sent into exile by Chip Kelly in 2014.  

Now, Jackson is hoping he and Wentz are on the verge of an historic offensive season.

"It's going to be awesome," said Jackson. "We worked so hard to get to where we're at right now. I feel like the time to waste is no more. We're here. We get the opportunity to go out and be the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles and showcase our talents and showcase what we're capable of doing."

The Eagles have loaded up offensive weapons for Wentz, and Jackson may be the biggest difference maker.  

Even if Jackson isn't Wentz's intended target, the mere threat of the speedy Jackson to make a game-breaking play could free up a host of other intended receivers. 

Wentz knows the value of having Jackson in the mix this season.

"I'm excited about the new playmakers and weapons we've added," Wentz said. "Obviously, DeSean is one of the biggest there. I'm excited and I know the city is really excited for him to be back here with the career he's already started here and now coming back. Everyone's excited for that. To have a guy with that speed and that level of playmaking ability. I'm excited to go to work with him on Sunday."

Jackson is just part of the plan for Doug Pederson's potentially high-powered offense.  

Fellow receivers Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins along with tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert give Wentz a host of options on game day. 

It will be up to Pederson to put Wentz and his teammates in the best position to win, and there is plenty to tinker with on offense this season. 
 
"It will be exciting to be able to look at the play sheet,"  said Pederson. "Listen, it has to be going your way, though. We have to be executing for any of it to work. If not, it can be a long day."

There were several long days for Wentz last season. It began with a delayed return after recovering from a knee injury and ended with Wentz on the sidelines with a fracture in his back.  

There were also questions about whether he can have the same type of success as Nick Foles as well as his ability to stay healthy. For Wentz, it's all in the rear-view mirror.

"That's something I feel like we've addressed quite a bit," Wentz said. "For me, this is Week One. This is a new season and I'm just pressing on."

Pressing on with Jackson will certainly help.  

Sunday will be a moment Jackson doubted would ever happen. After stops in Washington and Tampa, Jackson is finally home and is excited about what will take place in South Philadelphia on Sunday.

"It's going to be a very special occasion," said Jackson. "I've been looking forward to this since I've been back. All I can think about is the first time I'll be entering the field at the Linc. I'm excited by that and looking forward to the opportunity."