Player to watch at training camp: DeSean Jackson

Player to watch at training camp: DeSean Jackson

July 6, 2013, 9:00 am
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This will be an extremely interesting training camp under Chip Kelly. None of us know what to expect, and the fans have only five opportunities to watch an actual practice.

Much of the focus will be on the quarterback race, but I’m intrigued with how DeSean Jackson responds to new leadership after two straight disappointing seasons.

Now is the time for Jackson to shine. We saw his value to the offense in 2009 and 2010, two years when he made the Pro Bowl. Last year, his season came to an abrupt end in late November after he fractured his ribs against the Panthers in Week 12.

It was an awful year for Jackson after signing a five-year deal in March. In 11 games, he had just 45 receptions and two touchdowns and his receiving yard total (700) was the lowest of his professional career.

Now the slate is clean. An innovative coach is on the sidelines and Jackson should be chomping at the bit to get going.

During minicamps and OTAs, you heard the players talk about Kelly’s fresh approach. A player with talent like Jackson's should thrive in Kelly’s offense. Let’s just hope he arrives at training camp with a positive attitude and ready to play because, if he does, No. 10 could be the player to watch.