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DeSean Jackson will return to Lincoln Financial Field this weekend for the first time since Chip Kelly decided to cut him from the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL offseason.

Jackson returns

The star wideout has since found a new home with the Washington Redskins and, if recent injury worries allow, he will line up with a point to prove against the coach who deemed him surplus to requirements.

And with rumors of a clash of personalities between coach and player during their time in Philadelphia and even gang affiliation worries the Jackson motif is certainly one of the most eagerly anticipated storylines ahead of the NFC East clash.

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Bigger options

So when Chip Kelly was asked today to finally explain once and for all just why the Eagles let go of Jackson after his most productive season with them, or any other franchise, the answer was eagerly anticipated.

And that is perhaps also why the head coach offered up a line that seemed barely plausible but at least kept the focus strictly on the football side of things:

"Just trying to build the overall team in terms of what we're looking for offensively and how we wanted to get bigger at the wideout spot and that's what we did," explained the former Oregon coach Thursday.

With one of the new additions to the Eagles offense since DeSean Jackson departed being Darren Sproles, a man who LeSean McCoy recently admitted was carrying the Eagles offense, this answer hardly seems to ring true.

We realise that Sproles is listed as a running back but as anyone who has watched him in the opening two weeks of the Eagles' 2014 season or during his time in New Orleans will know, his ability to be deployed as an extra receiving option cannot be understated.

A fact underpinned by his 152 receiving yards in Philadelphia's 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts last Monday.

And how tall is Darren Sproles? 5 ft 6 inches.

That does not sound like the stature of a man brought in my Kelly to help the team "get bigger."

Jackson at the Eagles

And last season didn't work out too badly for DeSean Jackson or the Philadelphia Eagles offense - certainly not enough to think that he would not be useful in the 2014 season regardless of his height (5ft 10 inches).

Jackson was easily the franchise's leading receiver - recording 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns having been targeted no less than 126 times.

With the Philadelphia Eagles finishing the season a healthy ninth in terms of passing yards in 2013 something tells us there is more to DeSean Jackson's exit than Chip Kelly is letting on.

But with the wide receiver likely to be pumped up and eager to impress ahead of his return why give him any more ammunition.

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