Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson has been in the media a lot recently. Unfortunately, it’s been for all of the wrong reasons.
This week, there has been a lot of talk about Jackson’s attitude before and after the Bears game last Sunday. Before the game, Jackson did not want to field punts prior to the game because it was too cold. Head coach Andy Reid was not happy with this decision and called Jackson out for it following the loss. We’ll never know exactly what was said, but various reports say it wasn’t very pretty.
After the verbal beating, Jackson sulked at his locker, visibly upset. However, the harsh words from the head coach wasn’t the only reason Jackson was upset. In the game against the Bears, Jackson had just two receptions for 26 yards.
His numbers have been down ever since he recorded the 88 yard touchdown reception on the first play of the game against the Redskins. He only had one reception the rest of that game and only recorded five catches for 50 yards the following week.
Teams are forming their game plans around Jackson, and that’s just something he’s going to need to get used to. When teams drop safeties back to prevent a big play like the Bears did, you have to make plays in different situations. Jackson had the chance to score a crucial touchdown against the Bears, but pulled off the ball in fear of taking a big hit.
Many are now reporting that Jackson is also disgruntled because of his contract. Everyone knows that Jackson is underpaid right now, but he recently just turned 24 years old, and his big payday will come.
If you want to get paid the big bucks, you have to prove you deserve it. Bailing on warm-ups because of the weather isn’t exactly a way to show your dedication to the team.
However, Jackson has said and done all the right things so far this season, and I think last week was just a bump in the road. To prove that, Jackson will have to rebound, and the best time to do that is now.
The Eagles will face a Texans team who are more talented than their record indicates and will need to come out of the game with a win to continue their march to the playoffs.
Jackson needs to come out and expose a very weak Texans secondary to redeem his actions from last week. He’s a young player, but needs to be a leader on this team. His time to step up is now.