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:
It really felt like we could've gotten this one. The Denver Nuggets are hardly pushovers, but they came into this one a 7-13 team that'd lost their last three games, and even last night they seemed fairly beatable, even for a Philadelphia 76ers team still missing Robert Covington (in additional to our usual mini-roster of absentees). But Philly's energy sagged in the third quarter as Denver caught a second wind, and they spent the final frame hitting shots that the Sixers couldn't answer. Final score: Nuggets 106, 76ers 98.
The most sobering part of the loss was that Joel Embiid finally played what would best be described as "a bad game." Not that bad, of course — even at his worst, Joel still managed 16 points and notched career-high five blocks. But he only shot 5-15 from the field, turned ball over three times, grabbed just four boards and played a large part in the sinkhole offense that the Sixers played in the late third and early fourth that ultimately cost them this one. JoJo still has trouble reading double teams and knowing when not to attack into traffic, and his frustration was extremely evident as he kept trying to do too much and paying the price for it.
Nonetheless, even with an off Embiid night and a still-slumping Sauce — officially down to Left in the Car Overnight temperature after a night of 4 points on 1-7 shooting in 35 minutes — Philly probably still coulda gotten this one. Sergio Rodriguez appears to have swiped Nik's swag at least temporarily, with a season-high 17 points on 7-14 shooting to go with seven dimes and three steals, while Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova also poured in 17 and 8 each, and the Nuggets wings were largely kept quiet for two and a half quarters. But even while struggling, the Nuggets paraded their way to free-throw line — 34 FTAs for the night, including 12 for Danilo Gallinari alone — and once they caught fire late, the Sixers just couldn't keep up.
A bummer for a team that's now lost seven in a row, and has to face the Grizzlies tonight in Memphis — their fourth game in five nights, and the first of a three-game road trip — without Embiid and also without Jahlil Okafor, out with illness. Even with the Grizz missing their own big names (no Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons, Zach Randolph or Vince Carter lately) and likely suffering from fatigue of their own after a double-OT road win last night in New Orleans, the 4-17 Sixers are gonna have a tough go matching Memphis' grit and grind tonight. Anytime you feel like Supermanning in and saving the day now would be cool, Nerlens Noel. Just sayin'.
Elton Brand is back with the Sixers, albeit not on the court.
The Sixers agreed with the former NBA forward to name Brand Player Development Consultant. In a press release, the team said Brand will be working with Sixers players in 'every facet of their on- and off-court development' while also working in the front office.
“We are extremely excited to bring Elton Brand back into the organization where he will be a valuable resource to our young and developing team," Bryan Colangelo said in the release. "Elton’s leadership and character displayed throughout his playing career as a player align perfectly with our vision, direction and culture of this basketball team, coaching staff and management group."
Brand retired during training camp after 17 NBA seasons, including five with the Sixers over two stints. The 6-foot-8 forward came out of retirement last season to provide a veteran presence for the Sixers and eventually played in 17 games when the team was snakebitten by injuries.
He will now continue to be an influence on the Sixers' young core thanks to his new role with the basketball operations department.