Are you ready for some football!?! We have seen the same story in Philadelphia before and the ending was filled with enough drama to make Real Housewives look tame. Wide receivers are a different breed of football players, they are me first, throw me the ball, glory hogging athletes. So needless to say it didn’t take much for Eagles phans to get sick of DeSean Jackson last season. There is no denying the talent, but where is the heart? DeSean Jackson came in at #10 in 2011 on our Best Athlete in Philly Top 20. After a rocky year for DeSean and the Philadelphia Eagles, D-Jack finds himself at #12 on our BLN Top 20 Countdown.
You either love him or hate him. When #10 lines up for your team you can’t help but love the talent he brings to the field. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field whether it be through punt return, reverse, or a bomb from quarterback Michael Vick. Even with a disappointing 2011 season, where DeSean let his contract issues affect his play on the field, he still managed to pull in 961 receiving yards. Don’t get me wrong it was a porous year and frustrated every Eagles phan and fantasy owner alike. But the reality remains that Jackson has the ability to put up big, big numbers. The talent is there.
After spending the 2011 season making less than the long snapper it was evident that something needed to be done. In March the Eagles inked their star receiver to a 5-year, 51 million dollar deal. The twitter sphere was a buzz as Jackson tweeted out to his WEST COAST BOIIIII’S about his new money. The bottom line was that the Eagles could not afford to lose their playmaker, a game changer and home run hitter. His speed alone opens up the field for guys like Shady McCoy, Brent Celek, and Jeremy Maclin. He is a threat to score every time he is on the field, just ask LaRon Landry.
So now that DeSean got his money, will he finally play this year? I didn’t see him on the field last year, must have been a holdout. I kid, I kid.
Love it or hate it DeSean Jackson is an Eagle through 2016. Quite frankly I love it, I don’t know if I will necessarily draft him on my fantasy team after the frustrations of last season but I still love it. You need a guy like him on your team, because if he isn’t on your team you are gonna strongly dislike him when he burns you for 85-yards and the game winning score.
I think that DeSean Jackson will return to form of his Pro Bowl caliber seasons in 2009, and 2010. Equipped with a new deal and a new sense of appreciation #10 will quickly rise back into the Top 10 of our Best Athlete in Philly Countdown.
He possesses a speed that could win gold in London. When he wants to he has relentlessness and a competitiveness that is unmatched. He is still a young buck at age 25 and is just now learning what it means to be successful in the NFL and what it means to put in the work. I believe that guys like Michael Vick can continue to get in his head and drive that home and he can grow in a leadership role with the Eagles. Nobody can question the talent, whether or not DeSean continues to take it to a hall of fame level will depend on his head and his heart.
With his size it was clear that DeSean Jackson was playing not to get hurt in 2011 instead of playing to win. Without the security of a new contract his fragile frame was afraid to do anything.
In 2009 Jackson caught 63 balls for 1,167 yards and nine scores. Not to mention another 441 yards in punt returns with two touchdowns. Those are the kind of numbers we can expect out of Jackson in 2012.
After the 2011 Dream Team debacle it seems that the Eagles are back with a vengeance and a renewed attitude. The label is gone and the bitter taste of 2011 only fuels Michael Vick and company. The talent is in place to do championship caliber things in 2012.