Tag:DeSean Jackson
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:24 pm

DeSean Jackson says everything is fine

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s quite obvious Eagles WR DeSean Jackson wants a new contract, and considering his concussion history, it would make sense that he would be reticent to take too many big hits on crossing routes or wouldn’t be altogether comfortable fielding punts.

Various reports have said Jackson is upset about the lack of movement of a new deal and that his representatives are trying to keep him out of danger on the field.

According to a CSNPhilly.com source, the Eagles plan to take care of Jackson. At some point. Just not right now.

Apparently, this will happen “when the time is right.” And Jackson is OK with that.

The big reason the Eagles aren’t going to move right now, of course, is because of the uncertainty about the labor situation for next season. For now, Jackson claims everything is cool.

“It’s funny man, honestly,” Jackson said after he helped Philadelphia beat Houston 34-24 Thursday night with a three-catch, 84-yard performance. “It’s very interesting, the comments and what people say about me being unhappy or whatever the case may be. To me, I’m the happiest person doing it. I have a bright future. Right now might not be so great, but as far as the picture down the road, it will be great for me. The biggest thing is, we’re winning. I’m in the NFL. I’m happy. I’m 24 years old. I just had a birthday yesterday. I’m happy. Just blessed.”

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:02 am

Hot Routes 12.03.10: Is DeSean wary?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Perhaps, DeSean Jackson would like to call the plays for the Eagles, as well. That’s a bit of a stretch but perhaps not too far out of the question. According to ESPN’s Sal Palantonio, via Pro Football Talk, Jackson and his representatives would like him to run less shallow crossing routes. Apparently, he’s concerned about concussions and how that would hurt his marketability for his next contract (because, then, he’d be liable to take a big hit from a linebacker or a safety). The NFL Network asked Jackson about this after the Thursday night game, and Jackson didn’t really give much credence to the report.

- So, Ben Roethlisberger actually has a broken foot, not a sprained one like the Steelers had been saying. Doesn’t matter. He’s still going to play this weekend, and apparently, it shouldn’t affect anything he would normally do on the field. It probably won’t feel real good, though.

- Remember that $150,000 UFL transfer fee that prevented a number of players from signing with NFL teams? Yeah, now it’s a $25,000 fee. Much more palatable, I’m sure, to NFL GMs and owners.

- Bengals fans want offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski’s head on a platter (actually, this has been their wish for the past several years). Here’s how Bratkowski responded to their bloodlust.

- Panthers CB Chris Gamble talked to reporters about why he missed practice last week, causing him to miss a start. Apparently, he made some kind of “out of mind decision.”

Well, what do you know? The Chargers special teams have begun to play better (not that they could have played much worse). That’s one reason why San Diego is streaking.

Jets kicker Nick Folk knows he’s on shaky ground, especially after the club brought in Kris Brown for a tryout Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Folk had a good day of practice Thursday.

Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has drawn five pass interference penalties from opposing defenses this year. The rest of the Miami receiving corps combined? Zero.

The Broncos said their memories of Kenny McKinley won’t be clouded by the recent revelations of his gambling problems.

Three Minnesota counties
have been wooing the Vikings to build a new stadium so the organization can remain in-state.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:20 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 9:31 pm

Andre Johnson heads to locker room

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Early in the second quarter of the Thursday night game, the Texans have fallen behind the Eagles 14-3, and right now, it doesn’t look like Houston’s defense has a prayer of stopping Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, et al.

So, it’s awfully disconcerting to see Houston WR Andre Johnson walk to the locker room, like he just did (to be fair, it’d be disconcerting regardless of which opponent the Texans were playing).

Johnson has been battling ankle injuries all season, so that could be part of the problem. But if he’s not in there for Houston’s offense, it seems highly likely this game already is over.

UPDATE (9:28 p.m.):
With about 7 minutes to play, Johnson is back in the game, and on his first play, he caught a 42-yard pass from Matt Schaub. Two plays later, the Texans scored to cut the Eagles lead to 17-10.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:35 pm

Texans vs. Eagles Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

The Thursday night NFL matchup features the Eagles vs. Texans and hooooo-boy is it a scorcher. Actually, that was just the default line for the NFL Network game, but it turns out, this is a pretty good game, in that it should be a fast-paced shootout between two explosive teams.

Can Michael Vick get back to fundamentals? Will the Texans be able to control the clock? How will the weather affect Houston's offense? Can Mario Williams generate any pressure on Vick? Are the Eagles capable of slowing down Arian Foster? Who's behind the massive conspiracy to keep Andre Johnson in the starting lineup for this matchup? Or is there just a conspiracy to generate a conspiracy? And, where exactly is Jimmy Hoffa in all of this?

Andy and I answer all those questions (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:21 pm

Texans are the cure for whatever ails DeSean

Posted by Will Brinson

Much ado has been made of DeSean Jackson's situation with the Eagles -- he was reportedly disgruntled about something, whether it was Andy Reid (reportedly) calling him out after the Bears game, or the fact that the Eagles haven't offered him a long-term deal yet.

The latter was a hot topic on Wednesday, as Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer cited sources that say Jackson is allowing his contract situation to become a "distraction," which was pushed into the light when Jackson decided not to practice punt returns before the Eagles lost to the Bears.

Additionally, according to McLane's sources, Jackson is being influenced by agent Drew Rosenhaus, who apparently stresses to Jackson "the importance of padding his receiving statistics" for a new deal. (Note that this is pretty obvious logic -- bigger numbers almost always equates to more money.)

However, maybe Jackson's just fine -- Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington News-Journal cites two sources who say Jackson "isn't causing any disturbances" around the team's facilities and, instead, understands that the issues with the labor negotiations heading into 2011 make it increasingly difficult for teams to throw out new deals.

But isn't it entirely possible that it's both things?

For instance, Jackson's not going to have the season he had last year, and that's probably frustrating, but it doesn't necessarily mean that he's throwing hissy fits all around the Eagles' facility and demanding a new deal. Frustration is something that pretty typically pops up when teams lose and star players don't post huge numbers.

The solution, then, is simple: play the Texans, who, were it not for Rusty Smith helping the Texans to a goose egg in Week 12, would still be tracking for a historically terrible passing defense.

Fortunately for Jackson, the Eagles and everyone forced to answer questions about his situation with Reid, that's exactly who's on the schedule Thursday. And, as Sheil Kapadia of Philly.com points out, 127 yards on Thursday from Jackson will put him right back on the same average yards per game he hit in 2009, excluding the two games he missed for injury.

Don't be surprised if he cruises past in what should be a heavily-targeted day for the top option on a dangerous passing team.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:21 pm

DeSean on relationship with Reid: 'We're good'

Posted by Will Brinson

Following the Eagles' loss the Bears Sunday, there were reports that DeSean Jackson was unhappy with his role -- supposedly he was pouting in the locker room after reportedly being yelled at by coach Andy Reid.

Then word filtered out (via the NFL Network's Albert Breer) that Jackson was simply unhappy that Reid's comments might have undermined his leadership role in the locker room. Today, Jackson says it's all good.

"Yeah, we're good," Jackson said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I’m not here to talk about [what happened in the locker room]. What we talked about in the locker room is between the team."

Jackson also said he didn't care about what his role in the offense is, as long as the team keeps succeeding.

"I just want to win games, that’s what I’m here for," Jackson said. "As far as anything else, I could care less about it."

The obvious answer to these problems is I traded for Jackson in fantasy football the Eagles suffered a loss and Jackson wasn't a big part of the offense, at one point missing what appeared to be an easy touchdown catch, because he looked to "hear footsteps."

There's also been rumblings that he's upset about his contract situation, but if DeSean wanted to make a stink about that, he could have done it well before now. The bottom line is that if the Eagles beat the Bears, we don't discuss this -- it's just that in a very up-and-down NFL season, everyone's quick to assign blame for problems that really might not be that big of an issue.

Now, if the Eagles lose on Thursday to the Texans, things might change significantly, but a win in semi-primetime and ample targeting of Jackson will have this ship righted before anyone realized it was rocking.

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:29 am

Eagles can adjust when Vick isn't at his best

A. Samuel notched two interceptions in Sunday's win against New York

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although Michael Vick has been an MVP candidate all season long – No turnovers! Video game athleticism! Unbelievable arm strength! A complete quarterback now! – you knew, at some point, the Eagles were going to have to win in spite of his mistakes.

Tonight, Philadelphia showed it’s more than capable of doing that.

Vick wasn’t as electrifying as usual – though he was still very good in Philadelphia's 27-17 win – and he made a few mistakes en route to a 24-of-38, 258-yard performance. He lost a fumble because he lazily held the ball away from his body. He allowed the Giants to seal him into spots where he couldn’t escape (to be fair, New York was actually pretty effective in making him more one-dimensional than normal and only allowing him 34 rushing yards). He didn’t look like the absolute best player in the NFL.

But Philadelphia still managed to turn back a tough Giants squad which took a 17-16 lead with 13:35 to play.

They did it without much help from WR DeSean Jackson. Instead, WR Jeremy Maclin had big game, WR Jason Avant (his bumbling of what should have been a wide-open TD pass, notwithstanding) had a big catch as the Eagles drove the field on what was their game-winning drive, and RB LeSean McCoy took a fourth-and-one pitch 50 yards to a touchdown before putting the game out of reach with a 40-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

And they did it with their defense, intercepting Eli Manning three times (one by LB Stewart Bradley was in garbage time, and CB Asante Samuel had the other two picks (though he fumbled the ball right back to the Giants on one of them)) and forcing fumbles from Ahmad Bradshaw and Manning.

Obviously Philadelphia still has its faults, and there’s little question that if the teams played next week in the New Meadowlands, the game would be a pick ‘em. But the Eagles proved something tonight. Even when Vick isn’t at his best, they’re still an effective squad that could make a deep run into the playoffs.

With Vick at his best, they’re Super Bowl contenders.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 1:34 pm

Deion Sanders talks Vick, McNabb, NFL Top 100

Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com: I picked the Falcons to win the Super Bowl before the year -- do you think they can make a case for being the dominant team in the NFL?

Deion Sanders: I don't know about dominant. I think the win over Baltimore a week ago did a lot for their confidence and did a lot for them getting tot he next level physically and emotionally and psychologically. I don't know about dominant because the back end of their defense is not dominant -- you've got [John] Abraham who's one of the best pass rushers in the game, but when you think about dominant you think about a dominant defense.

CBS: Alright, how about Michael Vick then?

DS: Unbelievable. Can you win MVP and Comeback Player of the Year? Because right now, I think he's the frontrunner for both.

CBS: Yeah, and it's crazy because so many people passed on him for PR reasons and then so many people wanted him to be something like a wide receiver or running back …

DS: Well that was ignorant -- ignorant folks who probably have never played the game really wanted to be the first to make a stupid statement like that. How could a guy that's gone to the Pro Bowl, you say he's going to have to change his whole position? That's like saying a guy who has a knee injury and then come back and subsequently next year have another injury should change position. That's crazy -- just sitting out two years of incarceration, he's still a quarterback. Not only that, he led his team to the NFC Championship before and made a few Pro Bowls so to change positions, that's just crazy.

CBS: How much of his success -- and it's unbelievable to see how he's developed as a pocket passer -- do you put on the situation that he landed in, with Andy Reid and the Eagles?

DS: You put that on the team -- you put that on the team he plays with. How can you stay in the pocket with the Falcons when they're one of the worst offensive lines in the game? So being in the pocket where you've got not only two receivers [DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin] but maybe three receivers, because [Brent] Celek is a great alternative and one of the better tight ends in the league. Having someone to throw to in a real scheme and having confidence in his abilities, I think that attributes to his success right now. And having a year to really sit back … and I think if you asked him to pinpoint some things, I think he would tell you what a vital role Donovan McNabb played in his life. The preparation, getting ready mentally, physically and psychologically during the week as well -- I think that's the first time he saw a professional act as a professional at the quarterback position that he can identify with.

CBS: Speaking of McNabb, the details of his contract changed and it looks more favorable for Washington -- do you think he's making a mistake by leaving himself open to getting locked in with Mike Shanahan again next year?

DS: No, I don't think he's making a mistake. One thing about athletes -- you want sure money. And I think that's what he did. I think both situations lend itself to one another, because if he goes to another team, he'll still get his guaranteed money, and [the Redskins] took care of themselves at the same token. So I think both parties win.

CBS: The NFL Network recently did the Top 100 players of all-time, and for those of us who grew up cheering for the Braves and the Falcons, your ranking seemed a little auspicious -- do you think a versatile guy like yourself got kind of hosed there?

DS: The thing about it is that some people who voted in that selection process, they let personal feelings get in the way of reality. And that should never come into play. You should never let the way you feel personally about a person get into what's real about a person and what's genuine about a person as well.

CBS: On that same note, personal feelings seem to factor into the Hall of Fame discussion too -- a guy like Terrell Owens comes to mind immediately because---

DS: How can he not be in the Top 100 players? That's just crazy.

CBS: So you think it's crazy if he doesn't get serious Hall of Fame consideration?

DS: Well, he wasn't in the Top 100, so lets you know right there how they feel about him and you can't go by personal stuff, you've got to go by what they did on the field.

CBS: Alright, is this the craziest NFL season you've ever seen, between the parity and all the different storylines?

DS: No, not really. There's a lot of parity -- it's not really crazy, there's a lot of parity. And that's what you want -- you want every team to have the ability to win the Super Bowl. And it goes back to what we were saying, there's no dominance right now, like the Cowboys did in the 90's, like the Patriots did, even Pittsburgh, who won two Super Bowls out of the last few, there's no dominance right now.

CBS: Speaking of dominating, I would assume if you're working out with every day people, which I believe you're doing with EA, I would assuming you're dominating some people there?

DS: [Laughing] Yeah, I'm having a good time with the EA Sports Training Camp and it's wonderful. Not only are we getting kids off the couch, but we're getting adults off the couch and allowing them to participate and compete as well. There are over 70 drills and eight challenges in this game -- it's designed to increase your strength, power, balance and agility just to name a few areas of concern for people. It gives you a total body workout and it monitors your heart as well and I'm really happy to be one of the guys behind the scenes who helped develop this thing.

CBS: Alright, good stuff, Deion, thanks for talking to us and take it easy.

DS: Alright man, have a good one.
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