By Adam Mulligan

How much better will the Eagles deep threat be with the return of wideout DeSean Jackson?

ESPN’s Mike Clay believes they greatly upgraded their wide receiver unit by adding Jackson and letting Golden Tate and Jordan Matthews walk on the open market.

Clay ranks the trade for Jackson as the 23rd biggest position upgrade in the NFL this offseason:

“Whether they’ve tried Nelson Agholor, Torrey Smith or Mike Wallace, the Eagles have struggled to add a vertical element to the offense since Doug Pederson was hired in 2016.

“During the three seasons, they’ve completed a pedestrian 76-of-221 targets 20-plus yards down field (34.4 percent) for 2,768 yards and 12.5 yards per target.

“They looked to rectify that by trading for old friend Jackson, who returns to the team that drafted him, following five seasons away.

“Jackson’s 10.8 yards per target was sixth highest in the NFL last season, and his career 10.0 YPT tops the league since he was drafted in 2008. The 32-year-old will be a force as a lid lifter in 2019, as will 2019 draft pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside.”

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