Tuesday, December 22, 2009
DeSean Jackson Is The Ultimate Weapon
The Eagles 27-13 win over the 49ers this past Sunday not only put them into the playoffs for the eighth time in the last 11 years, but also solidified that the Eagles would be no where without No. 10, DeSean Jackson.
His six receptions for 140 yards are due in large part to the fact that no one can cover him, along with he has unbelievable talent and speed. Where would the Eagles be this year without their No. 1 wide receiver? I think it is pretty obvious.
The Eagles have 3609 passing yards this season, with 1087 of those going into the hands of Jackson. They have 24 passing touchdowns between Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, with eight of those being Jackson's receiving scores.
It's safe to say this has been the most explosive and talented Eagles offense in the McNabb/Andy Reid regime. They have more weapons than any previous year, including 2004 with Terrell Owens. To go with Jackson, LeSean McCoy is an impressive rookie that plays like a veteran. Jeremy Maclin has been fairly solid in his rookie season. Brent Celek is the tight end that we never got out of L.J. Smith. Leonard Weaver has been nothing but a breath of fresh air, minus his ridiculous debate with a 49ers defender late in the first half two days ago.
Even with all of that ability, Jackson accounts for a third of the Eagles offense in terms of the receiving part of it. Factor in that Reid didn't start having a balanced attack with the passing and running until the past few weeks.
The big issue with Jackson is his contract. Although he has not come out and complained about it, with an agent like Drew Rosenhaus and with what he is currently being paid, it's only a matter of time before something hits the fan.
As of last year, Jackson is signed to a four-year, $3.058 million contract. Now, for a rookie, which he was last year, that was appropriate. But, he is not a rookie anymore and it is crucial that the Eagles extend the contract this incredible football player as soon as possible. In 2009, Jackson is only being paid $385,000. The majority of the team is receiving a larger pay check than him this season.
Regardless of what happens with his contract though, it's for certain that when the playoffs come around, Jackson will continue to light up the highlight reals. Maybe we'll even see another chest bump with Reid. Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a fun ride with No. 10 in the game.