DeSean Jackson: 'I don't think [Darrelle Revis] can run with me' [UPDATED w/ video]

DeSean Jackson: 'I don't think [Darrelle Revis] can run with me' [UPDATED w/ video]

If Darrelle Revis is experiencing any ill effects from his ACL tear from last September, he hasn’t allowed it to slow him down on the football field this season. Revis Island may have moved in the offseason, but just like that place from the TV show Lost, it’s still somewhere wide receivers can disappear for 60 minutes.

That could prove problematic for the Eagles when the go head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6, seeing as the Birds only have one receiver who has consistently demonstrated any ability to get open in the opposing secondary. Djacc has 28 receptions for 525 yards so far this season, while the rest of Philly’s receivers have combined for 27 catches and 315 yards.

We saw what happened when Jackson gets taken out of a game this season against Kansas City and Denver. Both defenses used their physical corners to press and re-route the diminutive Jackson at the line of scrimmage, throwing off the timing of plays and forcing the receiver to fight to get separation.

The Eagles managed to score 29 points combined in those losses. Now picture what the offense will do with a true shutdown corner locked on Jackson for most of the afternoon.

Jackson was welcoming the challenge when he spoke to the media on Tuesday though. It would probably be fair to say he doesn’t sound worried at all about matching up against Revis on Sunday. Here are a few select excerpts:

DeSean met Revis once before when the corner was still with the New York Jets back in December of 2011. Jackson was held to just two catches for 28 yards, but the Eagles also had a healthy Jeremy Maclin on the opposite side—plus Brent Celek went off for a big day with five receptions for 156 yards and a score.

Given what Riley Cooper and Jason Avant have been able to produce—which is nothing basically—Nick Foles may need to lean on similar contributions from Celek and rookie Zach Ertz at the tight end position this week. Jackson doesn’t think so though. Jaccpot plans on hitting the jackpot regardless of who’s in coverage and who’s under center.

For more from DeSean check out Gonzo's take from the NovaCare Complex today.

UPDATE: now with video:

Record-breaking crowds flood the Parkway for NFL Draft Experience in Philly

Record-breaking crowds flood the Parkway for NFL Draft Experience in Philly

Who needs to the Pope when you have Ginger Jesus?

The NFL Draft Experience joined a long list of wildly popular events in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and all along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The NFL announced today that nearly 100,000 fans enjoyed the experience, the most-ever for a draft-related event, on day 1 of the draft alone.

Fans flooded into the Experience with people from all across the country in town to support their respective teams. Eagles fans clearly dominated the crowd, however, as you couldn't go a few minutes without hearing an E-A-G-L-E-S chant. 

ESPN also showed some love all night long. SportsCenter's Scott Van Pelt called the story of the night in Philadelphia the city of Philly itself. Adam Schefter called it the "wildest, most raucous crowd in draft history." Jon Gruden called Philly "one of the greatest football towns on the planet."

Aside from not being totally in love with their first pick Derek Barnett upon first blush, Philly fans showed off wonderfully. Even the booing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came off as cute.

The Draft Experience is open again on Friday from noon until 11:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. It's free for all fans.

Try the games, avoid the cheesesteaks. And bring some sunscreen (ugh).

By the numbers: Jeremy Hellickson legitimately among NL's best the last year

By the numbers: Jeremy Hellickson legitimately among NL's best the last year

Unless you're a die-hard Phillies fan, you might not grasp just how good Jeremy Hellickson has been since the start of 2016.

Hellickson, who allowed one run in six innings Thursday to improve to 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA this season, hasn't just been solid — he's legitimately been one of the best pitchers in the National League.

Some stats to back it up:

• Hellickson has a 1.11 WHIP the last two seasons. That's a better mark than Noah Syndergaard, Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, David Price, Dallas Keuchel, Jose Quintana and Chris Archer have.

• Over the last calendar year, Hellickson's 3.29 ERA ranks ninth-best in the NL. Over that span he has a lower ERA than some really good pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, Carlos Martinez, Hamels, Quintana and Rick Porcello. It's almost identical to Chris Sale's 3.26 ERA over that span.

• Hellickson over the last calendar year has walked 2.03 batters per nine innings. That's fifth-best in the NL behind only Mike Leake, Bartolo Colon, Madison Bumgarner and Syndergaard. (Jerad Eickhoff is a spot below Hellickson at 2.05 and then comes Max Scherzer at 2.08).

• How has Hellickson been so effective with so low a strikeout rate? He's thrown exactly 250 pitches since 2016 on the low-outside corner and low-inside corner. That's fifth-most in the majors, behind only Jon Lester, Zach Davies, Keuchel and Kyle Hendricks. Paint.

This stat refers to zones 17 and 19 in the image below.

Of course, Hellickson has done this with an extremely low strikeout rate. He's never been a big strikeout guy, but he did say Thursday he's been a bit surprised to have this much success in 2017 with his lowest career K rate. 

Hellickson has a very low batting average on balls in play which will regress closer to his career average, but it's not as if luck is the sole factor here. As mentioned above, he's hit spots as well as almost anyone in the majors. 

And the changeup, his elite pitch, gets some swings and misses but more often results in weak contact and quick outs. The worm will turn at some point, but Hellickson shouldn't be expected to fall off a cliff and revert back into a pitcher with a high-4.00s ERA.

The Phillies did well with this acquisition two offseasons ago and may have been fortunate things with Hellickson worked out the way they did. He has even more trade value now than he did a year ago.