August 28, 2014 |
THE GUY WHO is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews. The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz. He's not Jimmy Graham. Yet. He'a not Jason Witten or Rob Gronkowski. Yet. And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
June 20, 2014 |
The lesson that Eagles running back LeSean McCoy learned after the team released DeSean Jackson in March was that any player is vulnerable if he does not "buy in. " McCoy implied that the team's decision went beyond statistics and production. "No matter how good a player is, it's a team, and if you can't buy in, anything's possible," McCoy said Wednesday. The Pro Bowl running back expounded on comments he made to NFL.com last week. He said he was speaking for himself and did not know whether others on the team viewed Jackson's release as a by-product of not buying into coach Chip Kelly's philosophy and demands.
April 7, 2010 |
After playing it straight with the press concerning the past and future of Donovan McNabb, star Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson yesterday dished to the radio station that pays him, 97.5-FM, "The Fanatic. " "It was time for a change," said Jackson - a shot, clearly, at McNabb. "We've got some young players here. I'm just excited about everything. " McNabb's criticism of the Eagles' young players in the regular-season loss in Dallas caused Jackson, in his second season, to bristle.
October 3, 2011 |
SPEAKING for the masses, DeSean Jackson said, "Today I felt we were in great shape being up 23-3 - the second half was just brutal. " On a day when Jackson caught six passes for 171 yards, and dropped a couple of others, the Eagles still blew a 20-point lead and lost to the 49ers, 24-23. The team's third consecutive loss, and third consecutive second-half collapse, colored everything, even his personal success. Bittersweet, as the lady once said. "It was just that they were able to put points on the board [in the second half]
April 11, 2013 |
DURING ITS offseason, NFL.com manufactures creative ways to keep readers interested. It's perfectly normal, and something the Daily News does every summer. We call it the Eagles' training-camp guide. Anyway, one of the things the NFL website did this spring was to put 64 of its greatest plays in a bracket and have readers vote on their favorites. The span went from Bill Osmanski's touchdown run in the 1940 championship game to Jacoby Jones' touchdown catch in the most recent Super Bowl.
August 12, 2010
Poor Donovan McNabb. After one season with the best wide-receiving tandem he had as an Eagle, he gets traded to the Washington Redskins. Kevin Kolb will be the beneficiary of what has the potential to the top wide-receiver twosome in Eagles history. DeSean Jackson was a star from the start. Injuries made him the first rookie receiver to start a season opener under Andy Reid, but Jackson's six catches for 106 yards against the St. Louis Rams was a sign of things to come. Jackson set an Eagles rookie record with 62 catches and 912 receiving yards.
March 16, 2012 |
Once more, DeSean Jackson answered questions about his contract. Only this time, he did it with a smile and with certainty. With his future in Philadelphia secure, the dynamic wide receiver offered bold predictions of success for himself and his team. "I have five bright years to look forward to. In one of those years, I'm going to guarantee a Super Bowl because we've been close the past four years," Jackson said Thursday, a day after agreeing to a five-year contract with the team that drafted him in 2008.
June 3, 2009 |
In late April, when the cancer that had invaded Bill Jackson's pancreas spread, DeSean Jackson had his father relocated from Long Beach, Calif., to Philadelphia. From peewee football through DeSean's tenure at the University of California, Bill Jackson was a staple at his son's games. However, after DeSean, a wide receiver, was drafted by the Eagles last year, the bicoastal travel prevented the elder Jackson from attending most of the games during his son's breakout rookie season.
September 12, 2011
ST. LOUIS - The outside noise has been particularly noisome lately for DeSean Jackson, what with other players successfully getting contracts negotiated, and Terrell Owens going on the radio and saying he shouldn't be risking injury without a new deal, and an unusual number of typists and talkers attempting to read his mind. Keeping the sideshow separate from his business is Jackson's full-time job now, and will continue to be for as long as he is ridiculously underpaid and without a new contract.
September 8, 2011
Does DeSean Jackson deserve a contract extension? Both sides of the argument have been presented and argued since the Eagles wide receiver first held out from the start of training camp. The debate has been played out on radio, on paper, online and on barstools across the area. But what about the guys on the Eagles - what do they think? While it is safe to say the opinions of Jackson's teammates - and friends in many instances - don't reflect that of the general public, they do matter.