Posted by Josh Katzowitz
DeSean Jackson had a brutal game Monday night. He fumbled a punt that the Bears recovered deep in Eagles territory. He dropped passes, and he only made two receptions for 16 yards. It’s the epitome of a 2011 season in which Jackson has been largely absent for the Eagles.
For a guy who has been so public about wanting a new contract the past two years, he’s been mostly irrelevant for much of the season, recording 29 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. Which is unfortunate for him as he makes $600,000 in his contract year.
As CSN Philly points out, “For a guy who over the last few years was one of the NFL’s most feared deep threats, the numbers are shocking.”
Jackson hasn’t been making many big plays down the field -- which, obviously, is a big part of his game and a big reason he was (and probably is) going to get paid millions of dollars for his next contract.
“At times, we’re able to go out there and get big plays and big throws down the field, but obviously a lot of teams are on to that and trying to do everything in their power to not let us run down the field and make the big plays that we’ve been doing the past couple years,” Jackson said, via CSN Philly. “We’ve got to find a way to make it happen and get through that.”
In his last three games, Jackson has combined for eight catches for 93 yards and zero touchdowns, and though he averaged 22.5 yards per catch last season, he’s only managing 17.3 this year. So, what’s going on?
“The defenses are trying to take away what we do best,” Jackson said. “We’ve got to be able to figure it out. Myself, at times, it’s frustrating, because I am used to making the big plays, scoring long touchdowns, things like that, but right now, it’s not really working. Defenses are not letting it happen. We’ve just got to figure it out.”
You also have to wonder if karma is screwing with Jackson. After all, Jackson was the one who declared in September that his health was his No. 1 priority.
“That’s the No. 1 priority is to stay healthy,” Jackson said then. “I wouldn’t be able to play the game if I wasn’t healthy. In my book, that’s the No. 1 priority. Winning is next in that category. As long as I’m healthy and we’re winning, regardless of my numbers, I think I’ll be very happy.”
Well, Jackson is healthy, but the Eagles aren’t winning and he’s not producing. I can’t imagine Jackson is too happy with that.
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