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Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:27 pm
Jackson isn't interested in talking to reporters about the current state of his game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The big story this morning isn't that that Marshawn Lynch has come out of nowhere to be one of the league's best running backs this season. Or that "the plan" Pete Carroll referred during training camp really does include Tarvaris Jackson, who has played well in recent weeks.

DeSean's forgettable season
Instead, as is often the case anytime the Eagles play, the big story is DeSean Jackson, the mercurial wide receiver in the last year of this rookie contract who plays with all the urgency of a shorts and t-shirt minicamp workout. Following Philly's latest loss, a 31-14 effort against the Seahawks on Thursday night, Jackson admitted that he's "frustrated with losing," but when one of his teammates was asked if Jackson was completely in the game he said, "No, he's [messing] around." 

If the plan is to sleepwalk through the current season for his current team and alienate the 31 others that might've had interested during free agency then mission accomplished, DeSean.  Otherwise, we have no idea what Jackson's doing and his "plan," unlike Pete Carroll's, is not only ill-conceived but it's going to cost him a lot of money.

Against the Seahawks, Jackson finished the game with four catches for 34 yards. Alone those numbers don't mean much. Without watching you might think that the Seahawks double-teamed Jackson, or that maybe the game plan was to feature LeSean McCoy. And at times, both were true. But Jackson's performance is mostly about his apparent unwillingness to … well, try.

"Actually there were quite a few plays called for him," head coach Andy Reid said. "They were making an effort to double him and move a safety in."'s Mike Freeman wrote Friday morning about Jackson staring into oblivion while quarterback Vince Young tried to talk to him on the sidelines.

"If that's what they saw, that's what they saw," Jackson said of the cameras, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't have to sit here and answer them questions. My teammates know what it is."

And during pregame warm-ups, Jackson was hanging out with the defensive ends as the other wide receivers worked together.

"I'm not answering none of that type of question," said Jackson. "If you're going to ask something about the game, do that. . . . Next question."

Two weeks ago, Jackson told NFL Network's Michael Irvin that he's in the Larry Fitzgerald-Calvin Johnson range when it comes to his worth. Fitz makes $15 million this season, Megatron almost $9 million.

"I think right in that range," he said at the time. "Maybe top-5 in the NFL. ...My playmaking skills and abilities, my punt returns, and the ability to get the ball and score on any play. I mean, Fitzgerald, he's a special receiver -- don't get me wrong -- but he doesn't play special teams so that adds an extra edge to it."

In theory, yes. In practice, Fitzgerald has been just as dangerous on special teams this season as Jackson. And much more consistent at wide receiver, and that's with John Skelton throwing him passes.

NFL Network's Marshall Faulk got it right two weeks ago: "Showing up to any meeting late is definitely not a good way to handle (things) when you want money from a team."

Not showing up at all is even worse.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:32 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:23 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

"Chill", is that what's it's come to? QB's "controlling" players? Is that what you'd say Rodgers is doing in GB. I suppose we all feel as if our views of people we don't know and whom don't know us qualify us to make statements that could easily apply to us, are the only valid ones. For myself what's important to me is how many fantasy points he gives me. So, I make demands on him or I bench him and look for someone whom I think will give me as many fantasy point or some points. Each time I perform psychological tests from afar, I get thumped. I suppose from this point I should do, let's call it, a Randy Moss Eval. This test shall include, need for psychological manipulation, receptiveness to pm, skill of manipulator, desire of manipulator, motives of manipulator, awareness of coaches that their employees are being manipulated by a quasi company/union employee, health and mental state of player under manipulation on Sunday. The rest of the week is not so important. The game of football is incredibly complicated but with this new approach, I should be hard to beat.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:21 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

We can all tell by watching the game and they had a picture of the pregame huddle he was walking away from it. Baby T.O. has to go

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:08 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

On the Eagles post game show, Derrick Gunn, the CSN sideline reporter told the shows panel that Young was in fact talking to Riley Cooper during that shot and yes Jackson did start talking to someone and as soon has he did they pulled the camera off of the shot. Gunn also reported that he was talking to team  members and was not ignoring anyone during the game. Looks like NFL network is trying to rival ESPN in irresponsible and missleading reporting. 

Jackson obviously is not giving full effort and is looking to avoid contact at all cost but the Eagles are as much to blame as Jackson. Lets give Vick 39 million guaranteed, this for a guy who played what 12 games for the franchise but not even talk with your top playmaker from the previous 2 years it is a two way street here and both sides are wrong.

The thing is Jackson, no matter how bad he acts, will get his money  because as NFL history shows there are plenty of dumb rich owners out there willing to take a chance on anything. There again just look at the money the Eagles waisted  on Vick. Jerry Jones and Daniels Snyder are waiting with open wallets for anyone whoever made a play in their life. So make no mistake Jackson will get paid as sure as Andy Reid will gain weight.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:01 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Last season, I would have agreed with Desean that he was a top five receiver. This year his growth is completely stunted, and with the bumbling Eagles out of the playoff race, he isn't kicking into that second gear he did last December. Forget top five man, he's number two on his own team. He's been average at best this year, and will continue to be so unless he learns that a guy of his size can't goof around and expect to succeed in the NFL

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:00 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

nova baby! apparently didn't watch all of the post game action! Did you see the film on DeSean just jogging on several occasions last night. He either looked like he was hobbling or didn't care at all. No matter what it was...he had no business out on the field. Andy Reid should have benched him again...only this time for not showing up at all on the field. And by the way....Vince Young was definitely talking to DeSean over near the bench. He was looking right down at him instead of looking accross from him...or maybe he was doing one of his Jeff Dunham impersonations by throwing his voice over to Cooper. That could be because they entire Phily team looked like they were impersonating something other than professional football players. It's a shame that Vick is probably the only class act in Phily and we all know about his ordeal.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:00 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

he's not in the same stratosphere as Fitz and Calvin

I'm glad he's cost himself tens of millions, what a jack@ss

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:56 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

I remember a game very early in Jackson's rookie year when he did a showboat move on a long touchdown where he dropped the ball as he crossed the goal line.  Replay review showed he dropped the ball BEFORE he scored, ruled a fumble negating the touchdown.  I remember being pissed that a rookie would pull such crap, and thinking Andy Ried shoulda benched his cocky ass right then and there.

I wonder what Jackson would be today if Ried had taken action in a public manner at that first show of disrespect for the game and the team.  (I wonder the same regarding "Donkey Kong" Suh and the Lions.)

Someone has to have the stones to set young players straight early on, before their prima donna attitudes mess with the team.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:50 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

nova baby that is the most pathetic excuse ive ever heard! i cant believe i read that huge paragraph if gibberish.  really???? u dont need to go to the sidelines to figure out that this dude has already mailed it in mentally for the rest season. the skipped meetings, the dropped passes, or just running crappy routes and not looking for the ball proves this. this guy obviously has checked out and wish the coaches would bench this clown the rest of the season. 

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:48 am

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

MEshaun Jackson....says it all!

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