Eagles Fans' Incredibly Ambivalent Relationship with DeSean Jackson

Eagles Fans' Incredibly Ambivalent Relationship with DeSean Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles are almost spoiled with two of the most talented and electrifying offensive weapons in the game in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Throw in the speed and cannon of Mike Vick and it makes for the chance of excitement every time the Birds have the ball.

But when they need a big play to get back in a game, the chorus from the armchair QBs at home is always the same: send DeSean deep.

Everybody wants to see that.

He really is remarkable to watch at times. When Djacc turns on the jets it seems like nobody in the game can stick with him. But as yesterday's game showed, even when DeSean beats a guy deep on a regular basis, getting the ball cleanly from Vick's hands to No. 10's is not always as easy as it may look.

DeSean dropped one deep ball that seemingly went right through his hands and found himself out of bounds when he caught another. Both incredibly frustrating to watch.

They later connected for a 61-yard score, which makes up a lot for earlier errors, but never entirely.

Those two screw ups aside though, it was a dumb penalty that really got the anti-Djacc blood flowing. It was on the Birds' final touchdown of the day that Jackson really cost his team.

If you didn't get a good look at the boneheaded penalty Jackson was called for on Vick's touchdown run to put them up 27-23 in the fourth, Ray Diddy gives a good description of it in the below video. Basically, DeSean got into it way away from the ball unnecessarily with a Chargers defender and cost his team 15-yards on the kickoff which basically turned into a net 40-yard swing that lead to the Chargers taking the lead for good.

He's a polarizing player, that's for sure. He leads the league in receiving yards after just two games and put up big numbers on Sunday. He found the endzone once for a huge score but as we stated, had his share of mistakes as well.

By all accounts, DeSean is a new player this year, putting the past contract squabble and lackadaisical play behind him. He's poised for a Pro Bowl type season.

Obviously, the defense earns the bulk of the blame for yesterday's loss. Djacc made some great plays for the Birds on Sunday and they probably wouldn't have been in the game without him. Still, if DeSean doesn't get that flag or maybe makes one of those earlier catches and the game could have very easily gone in his favor.

He shared the below photo on Instagram which points out that no individual stats matter when the Eagles don't get the 'W' ... but hey, look at my individual stats anyway.

DeSean Jackson talks possible Eagles reunion, says Wentz 'killed it' as rookie

DeSean Jackson talks possible Eagles reunion, says Wentz 'killed it' as rookie

The connection hasn't been hard to make. And it's been made plenty of times over the last couple months. 

DeSean Jackson will become a free agent on March 9 and the Eagles are in desperate need of help at receiver, specifically someone who can stretch the field — just like their former second-round pick. 

So a reunion just makes too much sense. And it was a topic of conversation when Jackson joined Adam Schefter's ESPN podcast recently. 

"It definitely is a great story, I guess you could say," Jackson said. "Starting your career somewhere and obviously going to a division rival team and having the possibility of maybe going back. I mean you kind of just think about all of that, where you started from and maybe where you want to finish it. It’s just a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It almost sounds good but you never really know until the final decision is made. 

"But I’m just a firm believer of you work hard, you put in the work, and continuously go out there and show everybody what you’re capable of doing. I think the sky is the limit for me. My agent, Joel Segal, he's in a great position. I’m in a great position. Really, I’m just going to let him be the expertise guy. He’s the one with all the experience. He’s been doing this for plenty of years. With the conversations we’ve been having, it’s great on our end. The best thing we need to do is stay under the radar, me continuously working out, and from there we’ll just sit back and see what teams are putting out there."

Jackson, 30, is probably in line for a big payday. And really, there's a pretty good chance he'll just end up going to whichever team offers him the biggest and best contract. But aside from money, Jackson, who is entering his 10th year in the NFL, said he wants to play for a team that gives him a chance to win. A big part of that is playing with a great quarterback. 

While he said Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, having another one to catch passes from is important to Jackson. 

"I want to win," Jackson said. "Obviously, I haven't won a Super Bowl, so the team that can win, a team that has a great quarterback. And that's definitely what stands out to me."

Carson Wentz might not be a great quarterback yet, but he did have some impressive moments during his rookie season in 2016. And Jackson was watching. While Jackson first praised all the quarterbacks in the NFL, he then answered a specific question about Wentz. 

"Carson Wentz, he came in and had a heck of a year as a rookie," Jackson said. "I mean, I don’t think a lot of people saw that coming. You know, they had Sam Bradford who was there, who ended up getting traded to Minnesota, so he didn’t have no choice but to step up and be that guy. But that was a gutsy call for the organization to really believe in a young guy like that, just came out of college and give him that shot. I think he killed it. He was lights out, had heck of a year. He definitely showed me he can do it and he has all the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback in this league."

If Jackson does return to Philly, the question would be: Can Wentz reach his full potential while Jackson is still a dynamic player? 

Jackson, who turned 30 in December, said he still wants to play four, five or even six more years in the league. He thinks he can be a dynamic outside deep threat for three or four of those. 

Has he seen any drop-off in his speed? 

"Not at all," Jackson said. "I really feel like I could still (run in the) low 4.3s or 4.29 (in the 40-yard dash) like I did when I came out the combine." 

If Jackson's speed ever does diminish, he said he could play in the slot. He pointed to the end of Santana Moss' career as an example. While Jackson's planning ahead in case his speed vanishes, he is hoping it never does. 

If the reunion happens, the Eagles will be right there with him. 

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).