As the Eagles keep continuing to add to their so called “Dream Team,” there are still parts of the original foundation that are missing. The biggest piece that’s still missing is wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The brief offseason has been an interesting one for Jackson. Early indications were that the star receiver would holdout of camp until he received a new contract. This wasn’t a giant surprise as Jackson is considerably underpaid for a player with his talent.
Reports then turned and said that Jackson would indeed report to camp. The word was that the Eagles were interested in negotiating, but they would not do so until he reported to Lehigh.
The Eagles have proven that they are in win-now mode, and they’ve clearly backed up the statement that they planned to be aggressive in free agency. However, with this year’s lockout, teams haven’t had as many opportunities to assemble and get the kinks out.
Jackson was absent from the player organized workout, so he’s even further behind then most. He’s not a rookie, so it’s not like he doesn’t know the playbook.
However, one of the most important things for a quarterback and wide receiver to develop is their timing. Michael Vick has had experience throwing to Jackson, but it’s been a long time and he needs to work on getting comfortable with the speedy receiver again.
In any other year, this may not be as concerning, but this is a do or die year for the Eagles. They’ve built themselves up for one sole purpose. They want to win a Super Bowl.
Every team has the goal to win the Super Bowl each season, but the Eagles management is putting the pieces together for this to be a legitimate possibility.
Everyone needs to have the mindset that they’re going to win the Super Bowl. Along with that, everyone on the team needs to put in the work to make this realistic.
I understand Jackson’s situation, and Vick’s comments about Jackson’s contract seem like he fully understands as well.
At the same time, Vick clearly wants Jackson in camp. He knows how big of a contributor Jackson is when he’s on the field. However, to maximize that ability, the two need to get as much work in as they can before the season starts.
I’m not blaming Jackson for holding out, but if he wants to win a Super Bowl this year, he needs to get into camp as soon as he can.