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DeSean Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns this season. (AP)
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who set personal bests this past season in receptions and receiving yards, is headed to the Pro Bowl.
Jackson, initially named an alternate, fills the spot vacated by Texans wideout Andre Johnson. He becomes a Pro Bowler for the third time in his career and for the first time since the 2010 season.
Jackson also becomes the fifth Eagle this season named to the All-Star game, all from the offense, joining LeSean McCoy, Jason Peters, Nick Foles and Evan Mathis. Peters, who dislocated his finger during the season, has opted out for medical reasons and won’t attend.
The game will be played at Aloha Stadium on Jan. 22 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The 27-year-old Jackson, in his sixth season, caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. The 82 catches tied for 19th in the NFL. The 1,332 yards ranked ninth. The nine TD receptions tied for 14th and also tied for his most in a season. He averaged 16.2 yards per catch, third-highest among NFL players with at least 70 receptions.
Jackson’s third 1,000-yard receiving season tied for the most in franchise history with Harold Carmichael and Mike Quick.
Jackson caught three passes for 53 yards against the Saints in a first-round playoff loss, his third-most postseason receiving yards. Two days later, he made headlines by telling reporters that he felt a restructured contract was deserving.
Next year, Jackson is slated to make $10.25 million as part of the five-year contract extension he signed in 2012.
Jackson, a 2008 second-round pick, fell 77 receiving yards short of tying Mike Quick’s team single-season receiving record (1,409), but he’s just seven receptions away from moving into a sixth-place tie with Quick for the most catches in team history and just 347 yards from tying Quick for the third-most receiving yards in team history, milestones Jackson should easily reach next season.
In two different offenses, Jackson has served as the team’s best deep weapon since he went 49th overall, the second of two second-round picks. Amazingly, the Eagles used their first second-round pick, 47th overall, on Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who has been out of the NFL since the end of 2012 season.
Since the start of the 2008 season, Jackson has 12 touchdown catches of at least 50 yards. Nobody has more and only Calvin Johnson has as many. He’s also second in yards per reception (17.2) among players with at least 300 catches.
Last week, after finding out that his South Philadelphia home was burglarized over the weekend, Jackson offered $50,000 to any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
The Eagles had five players make the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season, which means they’ve had five Pro Bowlers in two of the past four seasons.