Ed Reed fawns over newly signed Ravens WR DeSean Jackson

Ravens, DeSean Jackson (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ravens, DeSean Jackson (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens added much-needed receiver depth by signing free agent DeSean Jackson on Tuesday, and one former Ravens player couldn’t be more excited.

Jackson spent the majority of his NFL career on the Philadelphia Eagles, though he has bounced around on different teams. The 35-year-old wideout most recently played for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021, racking up 221 yards and a touchdown.

Widely hailed as a dangerous deep threat, Jackson adds an element of verticality to the Ravens’ passing offense that the team has lacked ever since it traded away Marquise Brown.

While we have our own doubts about the Jackson signing, former Ravens safety Ed Reed had nothing but praise for the veteran wide receiver.

Reed posted a video on Twitter hyping up the three-time Pro Bowler.


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He also said:

"“I’m sure Baltimore did their homework and due diligence. I’m sure DeSean is excited, and Lamar is excited because he gets another weapon. You get somebody on the other side; you get a vet in the locker room, somebody who’s played before, who’s been there, and been through some things who can help some people.”"

Jackson’s age and injury history make him a bit of a liability — we all saw how Sammy Watkins fared on the Ravens a year ago.

Yet Jackson has also displayed explosiveness and speed out wide to prove he can still compete in the pro league. Last season in Week 3, Jackson hit 20.9 miles per hour on a 40-yard catch, and as Reed points out, he could feasibly smoke any defensive back in the league when he’s on top of his game.

At the very least, Jackson provides Lamar Jackson (those last names will be a tad confusing to keep track of) with a verifiable deep-threat option while Rashod Bateman continues to recover to full health.

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Reed is excited. DeSean Jackson is excited. Could this move serve as a turning point in the Ravens’ early season woes?