Philadelphia Eagles: The Carson Wentz-DeSean Jackson love affair is real

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One game into their shared Philadelphia Eagles tenure, the Carson Wentz-DeSean Jackson Love affair already looks legendary.

If you didn’t start DeSean Jackson in Fantasy Football this week, you probably feel a bit foolish.

While many ‘experts’ considered D-Jax a borderline-draftable player at best, the once, current, and future Philadelphia Eagles speedster did not disappoint in his first game at Lincoln Financial Field in midnight green since 2013; hauling in eight balls for 154 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon.

But these weren’t your usual run-of-the-mill touchdowns. No, Jackson was the recipient of a pair of 50-plus yard bombs from Carson Wentz.

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Now for fans who’ve kept up with the team over the summer, the seeds of a Jackson-Wentz love affair have been thoroughly planted, but you never quite know how a summer fling will translate into the regular season; just ask former preseason stars like Greg Ward, DeAndre Carter, and Daeshon Hall.

With a variable powder keg of excitement for D-Jax and company – as highlighted by an early flag for fighting with Washington DB Quinton Dunbar – and a slow start, it looked like all of the hype surrounding Philly’s Super Bowl aspirations may have been overblown – just ask the booing fans at Lincoln Financial Field.

But a certain 32-year-old veteran wasn’t going to let his current club fall to his clearly inferior former team that easily.

No, on third-and-10 with 4:27 left to play in the second quarter, Doug Pederson drew up a deep concept to capitalize on Jackson’s blazing fast 4.3 speed and was rewarded for his confidence with a 51-yard touchdown.

And could you ask for a better way for the Eagles to record their first touchdown of the season than the ultimate D-Jax bomb?

You couldn’t have written a better start to the team’s eventual comeback.

Had that been Jackson’s lone highlight play of the game, many fans would have been whole-heartedly content, but do you really think a showman of number 10’s caliber would stop there?

No, Jackson hauled in a second 50-plus yard touchdown – now a 53-yarder – on another third-and-10 to give Philly their first lead of the afternoon – a lead that they wouldn’t surrender for the final 20 minutes of the game.

For those who did start Jackson in fantasy, they were awarded with 27 points in a traditional league – the best mark of any receiver as of the time of this article’s publication.

Though it would be a bit presumptuous to assume that Jackson will keep up his current pace over a full 16 game season, as he would be on pace for an all-time record 2,464 yards and 32 touchdowns, in Pederson’s option-heavy hybrid West Coast-spread offense he really doesn’t have to be prolific.

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No, just the awareness of DeSean Jackson and Carson Wentz’s honeymoon should radically change how teams prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles over the forthcoming season, a serious advantage for a team that also has Darren Sproles, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor in heavy rotation.