PHILADELPHIA -- DeSean Jackson has added the element of surprise to his repertoire.
The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver made plenty of big plays for the Philadelphia Eagles even when defenses knew what he was doing. In former coach Andy Reid's offense, Jackson ran mostly deep routes. The result was 19 of his 28 career touchdowns receiving and rushing went for more than 30 yards.
But, Jackson found the end zone fewer times after teams figured out the way the Eagles used him. He had 22 touchdowns in his first three seasons, including two in the playoffs. He scored only six over the last two years.
Now that Chip Kelly is here, Jackson will be used in a variety of ways. Kelly's up-tempo offense features numerous formations and defenses won't be able to predict how Jackson, a former Cal star, gets the ball.
He'll be on display prominently Monday, when the Eagles open vs. Washington.
"In the past, teams have done a great job of seeing what I've done early in my career with making the big plays and electrifying plays and things like that, but now with this offense coming in, it's really going to be a plus in my eyes," Jackson said.
"A lot of teams don't really know what to expect. Regardless of what we did in the preseason, I still think there are a lot of plays that have been hidden and that we haven't been running.
"The versatility with the offense will keep the defense off-guard."
Kelly might use Jackson similar to the way he featured do-everything-back De'Anthony Thomas at Oregon minus the direct handoffs. Thomas had 1,296 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns and 1,050 yards receiving and 14 scores for Kelly in 2011-12.
"Regardless of where I come out, every play with the tempo and with the speed plays and intensity, we'll always be able to keep them off-guard," Jackson said.
Jackson also might get the ball on punts. He's a dangerous returner who went to the Pro Bowl in 2009 after taking two punts the distance. Jackson has four career scores on punt returns. Last year, Jackson returned only one punt. But, he hinted that he could be back there for the season opener at Washington.
Michael Vick embraces Jackson's new role.
"You just have to move DeSean around and kind of psyche the defense out and not make it predictable in terms of what you're going to do," Vick said. " ... He's more confident, and he's ready to play some good football. I expect a lot of big things from him this year."