Reporting Ed Benkin
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (CBS) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has ended his holdout and reported to training camp.
Jackson arrived at Lehigh University this morning and took his team physical when he arrived at the team’s facilities.
Jackson missed nearly two weeks of training camp in a year without any off-season workouts in the spring.
But fellow wideout Jason Avant isn’t worried about Jackson’s ability to catch up.
“The thing that he has to his advantage is that he’s with guys who have been in camp already and they can give him a spell,” Avant told KYW Newsradio. “He’ll be fine.”
A two-time Pro Bowl pick, Jackson wants a new contract. He is slated to earn $565,000 this season, the final one of his four-year rookie deal.
Jackson caught 47 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last year, and his 22.5 yards-per-catch average was best in the NFL.
He also averaged 11.6 yards on 20 punt returns, including a 65-yarder for a TD that beat the New York Giants on the last play of a game in the Meadowlands last December 19th.
If Jackson hadn’t reported by Tuesday, he could’ve lost a year of service time toward free agency.
Reported by Ed Benkin, KYW Newsradio 1060