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Bucs WR DeSean Jackson expected to play vs. Eagles

DeSean Jackson

Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson looks set to get reacquainted with one of his former teams in the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Jackson, who suffered a concussion and a shoulder injury in last week’s season opener against the Saints, is expected to clear the concussion protocol and play, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Jackson had a terrific performance in the Bucs’ surprising 48-40 win over New Orleans last week before getting hurt. He torched the Saints’ supposedly improved secondary for 146 yards on five catches with two touchdowns.

Jackson’s presence should be a huge boost for the Bucs, who have a potentially stellar passing game even without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston.

Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who exploded for 417 yards and four touchdowns against the Saints, has quite an impressive array of receiving talent around him with Jackson, Mike Evans (7 catches, 147 yards, TD vs. NO), and rising young star Chris Godwin, not to mention tight end O.J. Howard and slot receiver Adam Humphries.

Jackson’s ability to explode for big plays at a moment’s notice will no doubt attract the attention of the Eagles defense, which should help open up opportunities for his other teammates.

Apart from Jackson, ex-Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is also set to play against his former NFC East foes despite being questionable with a knee injury.