eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Eagles

Spike Eskin: I Was Wrong About DeSean Jackson

View Comments
(credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

(credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Eagles Central
Buy Eagles Tickets
Sun Sep.21
Home vs Washington Redskins
findticketsbtn Spike Eskin: I Was Wrong About DeSean Jackson
Sun Sep.28
Away vs San Francisco 49ers
findticketsbtn Spike Eskin: I Was Wrong About DeSean Jackson
Sun Oct.5
Home vs St Louis Rams
findticketsbtn Spike Eskin: I Was Wrong About DeSean Jackson
Sun Oct.12
Home vs New York Giants
findticketsbtn Spike Eskin: I Was Wrong About DeSean Jackson
 
Shop for Eagles Gear
NFL Scoreboard
NFL Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sometime, during the 2011 season, I gave up on DeSean Jackson. If the two games the Eagles have played so far this season are any indication, I made quite a mistake.

Jackson’s numbers have been good, 11 catches and 191 yards in the wins against the Browns and Ravens. But it’s more than his numbers, it’s how he’s gotten them.

The six foot tall (they say), 178 pound (yeah right) Jackson, has made tough catches for first downs, over the middle, and most impressively, a 48 yard bomb from Mike Vick along the sideline, where Jackson dove to catch the ball, well aware that he was going to get drilled afterward. This hasn’t just been Jackson running as far as he can, as fast as he can, hoping to blow by his defender.

These have been tough catches for tough yards, and I didn’t expect any of it.

During Jackson’s subpar 2011, we didn’t see any of those things. He admitted that his contract situation got into his head, and he was concerned he might get hurt.

But he had that new deal, and he was going to be a brand new DeSean. I didn’t buy any of it.

I thought the contract issue was a convenient excuse, and Jackson just wasn’t going to be the same after his second concussion within a year. That the DeSean we used to know disappeared when Dunta Robinson knocked Jackson into next week. I figured once he got hit hard again, he’d once again become averse to contact, and once again ineffective. “There’s always a contract to worry about in the NFL,” I thought. And once this deal was done, Jackson’s mind could just wander to the next one.

I was dead wrong. Jackson’s been a game-changer, and perhaps ready to be the best Jackson we’ve ever seen. That speed that can blow by a cornerback in a straight line down the field, can be even deadlier with space across the middle.

Of course we can’t be sure about next year, or next month, or even next week. He’s still going to showboat and perhaps do something silly after scoring a touchdown. And I still think he’d be better off staying away from Twitter now and then (coming from me, that’s saying something). Those same things are part of the personality that will make him great.

DeSean Jackson is making a believer out of me, and I’m excited to see just how good he can be.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

 

View Comments
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,936 other followers