Tag:DeSean Jackson
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:53 pm

Rosenhaus won't repeat TO mistake with DeSean

Posted by Will Brinson

Way back in 2005, Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia Eagles had a nasty little divorce. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was at the center of the feud, made things quite public and didn't really garner a whole lot of popularity in the Philly area.

He's not going to make the same mistake this time, however, when he negotiates a new contract for Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson.

"One of the things I realized with the Eagles is that there’s an approach that works with them and an approach that doesn’t work," Rosenhaus told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk. "And the approach that doesn’t work is to try and strongarm them and allow it to become public and take them on."

Look, Rosenhaus hasn't become rich and famous without being smart about stuff like contract negotiation.

And there's a reason why Jackson, despite not loving his current contract situation, has been pretty quiet about any possible disagreement he has with the Eagles waiting to give him some more money.

That reason is likely Rosenhaus' experience with the Eagles front office when he was negotiating Owens' deal, and it's also why you shouldn't expect any heavy griping or grumbling coming from Jackson's corner any time soon.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:02 pm

Top 15 selling jerseys in NFL

Posted by Andy Benoit

USA Today has published a list of the top 15 most popular NFL player jerseys from the past year. Without further ado:

1) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
6) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
7) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
8) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
12) Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
13) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
14) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
15) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

The data is based on sales from NFLShop.com.

Last year, Favre ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Vick ranked 20th. Matthews wasn't even in the top 25.

Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:15 pm

Offseason Checkup: Philadelphia Eagles

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Michael Vick wrote one of the greatest bounce back stories in the history of professional sports, giving the Eagles not just football’s fastest offense, but also its most entertaining.

Turns out, the 30-year-old Vick is a pied piper to young guns Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy (all of whom took a collective step forward in 2010).

Philly’s magic began to dissipate once teams realized that this defense was not far above average and that this offense could not read complex blitzes prior to the snap.

An improved front five could put the Eagles over the top in 2011. Offensive line coach Juan Castillo has moved to the defensive coordinator role (not a typo…the offensive line coach is now the defensive coordinator).

Filling Castillo’s old spot is longtime Colts assistant Howard Mudd, whom many believe is the best line coach in the industry. Mudd will simplify everything Philly’s offensive linemen do.

Whereas before they had a handful of different pass protection methods to learn, they’ll now have just one. Expect to see major improvements right away. Mudd was a big reason the Colts were able to survive with low-drafted and undrafted blockers for so many years.

1. Outside Linebacker
Ernie Sims is a great athlete who has no idea what he’s doing half the time. Opposing offenses love spotting him in coverage. Moise Fokou has good downhill attack speed, but he’s a fringe starter at best.

2. Safety
It would be wise to re-sign veteran leader Quintin Mikell. But if that doesn’t happen, the Eagles will likely need a more consistent replacement strong safety than Kurt Coleman. Also, keep in mind, free safety Nate Allen tore his ACL in December.

3. Cronerback
Everyone thinks Nnamdi Asomugha would be a great fit on this team. Asomugha, however, is a man-to-man specialist. Castillo will run a zone-based scheme. The Eagles would be wise to spend the money elsewhere. And while upgrades would be nice, the Eagles don’t necessarily have to spend at this spot to begin with. As much as Dmitri Patterson struggled down the stretch, the first-time starter also looked very good at times, playing with aggression and confidence early on.

There is a lot of pressure on Michael Vick in 2011. He is being asked to lead a team that many expect to contend for a title. If he answers the challenge, he’ll almost certainly be signed to a long-term mega contract that could make most of the financial woes left over from his dogfighting retribution disappear.

If he fails, he’ll still get a big contract somewhere, but the mega contract will never come. Assuming Philly’s defense is fine (and granted, that’s not a light assumption), Vick’s performance will determine this team’s fate.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:34 pm

DeSean Jackson: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' intern

Posted by Will Brinson

In case you haven't heard, there's this little NFL lockout going on. Sure, it's being covered up by the ongoing NCAA Tournament and impending MLB Opening Day, but at some point, we're going to run out of "Well, there's still a few months until football's supposed to start" time, and people are going to panic.

"People" there includes "NFL players," too, who are going to need jobs. Some have already found work, though. Like DeSean Jackson, who's interning on "Jimmy Kimmel, Live!"

Good skit all around, huh? I mean, the "slamming a fragile object during a touchdown celebration" bit is kind of overdone, but Jackson's funny enough during his dancing and touching of random female usher's faces for me to give it my comedic seal of approval.

It is kind of interesting, though, to see that Jackson's not sporting an Eagles jersey, isn't it?

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 3:47 pm

Greensboro docs research handheld concussion test

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL announced a new concussion protocol procedure for teams on Friday in Indianapolis. But the answer to one of the league's most significant problems might actually be residing in Greensboro, North Carolina.

It's there, nearly 600 miles away from where the next batch of players is showing off their skills at the combine, that development to diagnose concussions with a handheld test is getting underway.

You can't actually diagnose a concussion, or traumatic brain injury, without knowing what happened inside the body. And this is important because it relates to the NFL's recent announcement of moving to a standardized examination. A positive step, but it's not going to allow medical staffs to make 100 percent accurate diagnostics.

That's where the Join School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University, comes in.

"There are no diagnostic tools to accurately measure the neurological changes [following a concussion]," Shyam Aravamudhan, a JSNN professor, told CBSSports.com when we visited the facility earlier this year. "Molecular changes are where symptoms can be accurately diagnosed."

And the NFL's decision to use a universal baseline test will certainly aid in that area, but, again, not to the degree of certainty with which a molecular test would.

The process by which blood-based diagnosis occurs is fascinating. The brain contains a series of barriers that prevent entry by various molecular components to portions of the gray matter that help us function each day. Those barriers can be broken when an individual suffers a concussion, and as a result of the barriers breaking, markers are released into the blood stream. And when an individual is tested in the manner using the JSNN device, a positive test for markers indicates a case of traumatic brain injury.

A reasonable example of comparison is someone who gets busted for a DUI. Ever have a friend who almost never, ever acts drunk regardless of how much alcohol he's consumed? That person could get behind the wheel of a car after drinking 12 beers in the span of 4 hours and appear sober.

That has nothing to do with how much alcohol is in his bloodstream, it's merely a symptom of his body's different chemical makeup and how it processes alcohol. So everyone involved -- particularly the cop -- is surprised when he blows a .22 despite passing all the field-sobriety tests.

Want an on-the-field example? Remember the monster shot Austin Collie took against the Eagles when Asante Samuel launched him into inadvertent helmet-to-helmet contact with Kurt Coleman? Well, Collie didn't play for a few weeks because of the hit and finally returned to the field in Week 12, only to show "concussion symptoms" within the first few plays.

In other words he appeared completely fine to the critical eye, at least leading up to the game. An objective test of Collie's blood probably would have indicated these "concussion markers" from TBI were present and kept him off the field entirely.

Traumatic brain injury sounds much worse than "concussion." But it's important to note that according to the JSNN's staff between 75 and 90 percent of the 1.9 million annual diagnosed cases of TBI (per the Center for Disease Control's research, .PDF) are "mild."

"Mild" doesn't mean "safe" by any stretch of the imagination, and it's in this category where most sports concussions fall. But the most terrifying thing about these "mild" injuries is that as the frequency with which they occur increases, so does the long-term damage.

"Military and sports personnel are high-risk individuals," Kristine Lundgren, associate professor at UNCG's School of Health and Human Performance said. "With a second incident of TBI, the severity is even worse."

There are countless cases, according to the JSNN, of soldiers being incorrectly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder when they've actually suffered a number of concussions. The symptoms -- from depression to delirium -- are similar but the treatment and, most importantly, prevention, are completely different.

"Why would you let the fact that the individual is conscious overrule what you find?" said Dr. Vince Henrich, director of biotechnology, genomics and health resources at UNCG. "There's a confusion about consciousness -- [when someone's awake] it's too easy to conclude that everything's okay."

And individual brains are, unsurprisingly, quite different from person to person, making a diagnosis even more difficult.

"You have to know the player, you have to know what they were like before," Lundgren said. "It's a really tough thing to do."

What we do know is concussions are this generation's -- for NFL players and beyond -- "signature injury." That's why funding for this type of research is so critical. The JSNN staff estimated that the work needed for an in-the-field concussion test that can determine TBI based on molecular levels could be completed in "about four years." In-the-field being something military and sports professionals could bring to their respective worlds.

But they also said, "depending on funding," it could be completed much faster. Dean Jim Ryan classified the UNC Greensboro's work on TBI as "one of the most immediately understood goals."

That's not an endorsement for any sort of investment, but it's obvious that current standards for measuring TBI in the NFL don't precisely meet the needs of an increasingly dangerous sport.

And yes there are also obvious issues aside from money. Players might have serious issues using bodily fluids for tests like this if the NFL controlled it.

But when you see someone like Dave Duerson -- an NFL legend dedicated to helping improve medical assistance for former players -- scrawl words about using his brain for science on his suicide note , it's hard not to think there's more that can be done immediately to improve the quality of life for not just current players but the kids who will eventually make their way onto NFL fields.

"TBI is more dangerous to a young brain," Lundgren said. "The brain is still developing and therefore at more risk."

Because concussions aren't exactly selective everyone on the football field's at risk until science figures out a way to really get a handle on what's going on inside our heads.

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:02 pm

Ian Kinsler confuses me

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a rather strange analogy, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler dissed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and QB Michael Vick and, in a roundabout way, called Philadelphia’s biggest stars unprofessional.

When ESPN Dallas asked Kinsler about teammate Michael Young, who requested a trade a few weeks ago, Kinsler responded by saying, “"This isn't DeSean Jackson or Michael Vick or Manny Ramirez. Michael Young is a professional. It would be completely out of his personality not to be here."

So, I’m a little confused. If he’s talking about Jackson’s desire for a new contract before the 2010 season began, it’s not correct to call him unprofessional. Jackson said he wasn’t going to be a distraction, and, in fact, he wasn’t, leadingt he league in yards per catch with 22.5.

And the Vick comparison is flummoxing as well, because Vick hasn’t demanded anything contract-related since he returned to the NFL following his prison sentence. Now, if Kinsler had substituted Albert Haynesworth and Darrelle Revis for Jackson and Vick, he’d be right on.
Instead, Kinsler whiffed completely, and now, he looks a little silly.

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Posted on: February 5, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: February 5, 2011 11:44 am

Jeremy Maclin talks Vick, Eagles, Super Bowl

Posted by Will Brinson

We made our way to the Playboy Super Bowl party at the Bud Light Hotel last night, and we ran into a few celebrities.

Jeremy Maclin started the stream of what was a pretty nice group of big-name NFL guys. And with Maclin playing the role of "quiet assassin" (he's ridiculously talented but gets much less pub than Michael Vick or DeSean Jackson) on a really dangerous Eagles' team, we thought we'd check on his thoughts about the Eagles next season, their weapons and who he thinks will win the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 5:48 pm

DeSean Jackson questionable to return

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles star WR DeSean Jackson left the game early in the first quarter with a knee injury, and his return is questionable.

Jackson was blocking for Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy when Packers S Charlie Peprah tackled McCoy and McCoy rolled up into the back of Jackson’s leg.

Jackson immediately limped to the sideline, obviously in tremendous pain, and he hopped to the trainer’s table. A few minutes later, he left to return to Philadelphia’s locker room.

Considering QB Michael Vick has been hit hard a couple times by the Packers defense, David Akers has missed a FG, the Packers running game so far has looked pretty decent and Jackson has been injured, this probably wasn’t the way the Eagles wanted to open the game.

UPDATED (5:46 p.m.):
With about 5 minutes left to play in the second quarter, Jackson re-took the field and ran a deep route. Apparently, he's good to go.

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