DeSean Jackson Owns the Redskins, Says Defenses ‘better get in shape’

DeSean Jackson Owns the Redskins, Says Defenses ‘better get in shape’

Among the most positive signs from the Eagles’ 33-point offensive outburst on Monday night had to be the performance of DeSean Jackson, at least as far as individuals are concerned. Coming off of consecutive seasons with declining numbers, the two-time Pro Bowler showed he’s ready to serve as the torchbearer for the wide receivers in Jeremy Maclin’s absence.

Jackson’s seven receptions were one shy of a career high, while 104 yards accounted for more than half of Michael Vick’s 203 through the air. It was also the fact that DJacc was clearly Vick’s favorite target, as he looked the electrifying receiver’s way nine times – three more than anyone else.

Then there was the efficiency. Seldom in his six-year career has Jackson hauled in 78-percent of the passes thrown in his direction, especially when that kind of volume is coming his way.

Clearly Chip Kelly had a great game plan for how to utilize his star wideout, as we saw Jackson catch balls on far more short and intermediate routes than it seemed the Eagles ever attempted under Andy Reid. Of course, it helps that the Redskins have something of a feeble secondary, while DeSean has been no stranger to ripping off big plays against Washington throughout his career.

For example, Jackson’s 25-yard touchdown catch was already his seventh career touchdown in 10 games versus Washington – he’s only found the end zone more against the Giants. But here’s the crazy part: according to Elias Sports Bureau, it might be his least impressive scoring play on Washington to date. Per the statisticians:

DeSean Jackson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick on Monday, which was Jackson's seventh TD in 10 games vs. Washington - and at 25 yards, it was the shortest of those seven touchdowns! He had previously scored on receptions covering 88, 62, 57 and 35 yards, and also on a 67-yard run from scrimmage and on a 68-yard punt return.

It’s safe to say DeSean has been a thorn in the Skins’ side ever since he returned a punt for a touchdown on them in his rookie year.

Jackson entered this season on the heels of a strong training camp that garnered some media attention, and he seemed to be taking the great individual effort in stride. After the game, he (like everybody else) took questions about the pace of the Eagles’ offense, offering this warning to opposing defenses. Via Kent Babb of the Washington Post:

“A couple guys were going down with cramps and things like that to kind of slow us down,” said Jackson, who nonetheless had 104 receiving yards. “Not sure how serious the injuries were and things like that, but as far as the offense, we’re like, ‘Come on, let us keep going.’ ”

“A lot of teams,” he said, “better get in shape.”

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P