That seems a bit optimistic, but he will practice this week.
Curtis getting closer
Eagles receiver Kevin Curtis is far enough along in his recovery from sports hernia surgery that he'll get in some work this week, coach Andy Reid said yesterday. "He'll probably start off on the scout team doing some things, and we'll see how he feels after that," Reid said.
Last season, his first with the Eagles, Curtis became just the second receiver to record more than 1,000 yards since Reid became coach in 1999. He had 77 catches for 1,110 yards and six TDs. Curtis had surgery during the preseason camp and was expected to be out until mid-October, but he appears to be ahead of schedule.
Last year Curtis averaged 8.38 targets per game, Brown 7.25. Avant, Baskett and Lewis averaged 1.4-2.2 targets.This year Jackson has 25 targets (8.33); Baskett 15 (5.0), Lewis 14 (4.7), and Avant 12 (4.0).
It really depends how Philly uses him. The Eagles' offense does not use the third WR very much, so Jackson's opportunities to produce will depend on whether he remains as a starter when Curtis and Brown come back.
My bet for 2008 would be that Curtis and Brown will get their starting jobs back. If that happens, Jackson will no longer be fantasy-relevant unless you get his return yardage. If Jackson remains in the starting lineup, he'll probably continue to produce enough big plays to be worth considering.
Because Curtis and Desean have the same game i think they cancel each other out to a degree. No way does PHI back off on using Desean though. Reggie Brown is probably the loser if you are going from a preseason rankings standpoint. Most of us already know that by now.
Reid is not stupid. (Not about this, anyway.) He knows what he has in Jackson and will continue to call plays for Jackson once Brown and Curtis are back. He may not see 8 targets a game anymore, but he won't see 2, either.
Baskett, Avant, and Lewis are the ones whose production will suffer when Brown and Curtis are back.
I'm in a dynasty league with other Eagles homers. I drafted Djax2 with the hope that he would do exactly what he has done, have a couple really good weeks while the vets are out. Plan worked as I packaged him this week for Andre Johnson.
I would suggest selling high with him in the next week or two especially if you can do what I did and get a legit #1 for him in a package. He'll continue to get looks and will probably return a couple of punts this year for TDs but Reid seems to pride himself on spreading the ball around to numerous WRs so look for Curtis and a healthy Brown to cut substantially into Jackson's numbers.