- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW ORLEANS -- After talking with new coach Chip Kelly about how he'll be used in the offense, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson came away fired up about the possibilities. Per Jeff McLane:
“Kind of similar to what DeAnthony Thomas was doing at Oregon. He’s like a little brother to me. I actually talked to him," Jackson said of Thomas. "He was passing on information to me, like I’m going to be pumped up and psyched to be in that offense. It just keeps defenses off guard any time you go in motion, fake play-action, go down the field. There’s just so many things you can do.”
Thomas is the lightning-quick Oregon running back and return man, and Jackson is, of course, a wide receiver whose return work all but vanished over the past two years. But the fact of the comparison underscores the idea of Kelly as an offensive innovator. And if Jackson's role in Philly is going to be similar to Thomas' role at Oregon, that's because Kelly sees speed and is looking to use it as much and as effectively as he possibly can. Jackson is among the fastest players in the league, and it would come as no surprise if Kelly were trying to figure out as many different ways to get the ball in his hands and let him run with it.