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DeSean’s confidence is in midseason form

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With Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson returning to practice for the first time in 2011 on Saturday, it remains to be seen how quickly he’ll be back in top football shape.

The supreme confidence that has helped an undersized wideout become one of the most dynamic players in the league already is firmly in place.

Jackson spoke after practice regarding his impact on the team’s cornerbacks.  “Any time I get to go against [Asante Samuel], I like to work on my game just as well as he likes to go against me, because he probably won’t face any other receivers as fast as me,” Jackson said, via NFL.com.  “We were able to get in some good work vs. each other.  I got some work against Nnamdi [Asomugha], too, today.  It’s great for me to improve.  All that helps toward my game.”

Jackon’s body may indeed be ready to match his boasts.

“He’s got fresh legs compared to the other guys, who are tired,” coach Andy Reid said.  “He always has a little bounce in his step anyway.  He’s got that great speed, and the nice part is that you can tell he’s been working.  He was able to function at a high level out here, and that’s a plus.”

It’s a huge plus for a team that will be facing a high degree of pressure to excel, starting four weeks from today when the Eagles visit St. Louis.

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36 Responses to “DeSean’s confidence is in midseason form”
  1. citizenstrange says: Aug 14, 2011 1:13 PM

    So world class athletes in their prime (early 20s) have tired legs after a week of one-a-day practices?

    No wonder the Eagles fade so fast.

  2. esg6string says: Aug 14, 2011 1:16 PM

    Well its true. Its unlikely that Asante will face other WRs with DeSean’s speed. He’s got to be one of the fastest players in the whole league along with Chris Johnson. He’s small but his pure almost unrivaled speed is what makes him special and such trouble for defenses.

  3. howmnyplayoffwinsugot says: Aug 14, 2011 1:24 PM

    Can’t wait for the season to start. Watch the birds stomp all over the NFL. Vick = MVP

  4. icontutu says: Aug 14, 2011 1:32 PM

    Obviously playing against, Ashomugha, Samuel’s & Cromarte, inner squad match-ups, is going to present him with the most coverage challenges that he has ever encountered and his “True Ability,” reference his time in football. Regardless of what he, his agent and any of the fans state, he was dragging his feet attempting to get his contract done, before he showed his abilities against the best of the best… As far as the Eagles are concerned, “It’s a win win, situation.” Eagles to the end, S/B bound, Icon…

  5. everybodyhitswoohoo says: Aug 14, 2011 1:40 PM

    “he probably won’t face any other receivers as fast as me”

    DeSean Jackson undoubtedly says some stupid things, but to be fair to him that’s a completely true statement.

  6. polishrod says: Aug 14, 2011 1:47 PM

    citizenstrange says:Aug 14, 2011 1:13 PM

    So world class athletes in their prime (early 20s) have tired legs after a week of one-a-day practices?

    No wonder the Eagles fade so fast.

    ———

    Besides last year, the Eagles are well known for being a 2nd half of the season team.

    Way to be a hater

  7. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 14, 2011 2:06 PM

    Doesnt take long to get eagle haters on here lol I love it. Go eagles!

  8. fordman84 says: Aug 14, 2011 2:16 PM

    dynamic? How do you figure Jackson is “dynamic”? He is a two trick pony. He can return kicks (which will not be happening soon) and he can run really fast in a straight line. If he goes over the middle, he will be killed…again like last year. He can’t run a route, have you even watched him? His only play is “go deep and try to outrun someone, I’ll hit ya”.

    He is a great player, but he is not “dynamic”.

  9. legendaryjedeye says: Aug 14, 2011 2:18 PM

    “PAY THE MAN”!, as Deion would say. 215 all day!

  10. b1rdbath says: Aug 14, 2011 2:19 PM

    Why does Sept.11 seem so far away????

  11. sieg1234 says: Aug 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    Jackson is just another hoodrat who likes to run his mouth. I guess being a receiver is all about speed? At least he knows what his strength is, because he sure as hell can’t claim he has good hands, or runs great routes…the most overrated WR in football hands down.

  12. indyeagle says: Aug 14, 2011 2:48 PM

    Fordman,

    I’d like to congratulate you for the “idiotic post of the day”. Two trick pony? Can only run fast in a straight line?

    So, his 40 yard reverse through traffic vs. the Falcons last year didn’t happen?

    His 90 yard out route that he turned up field, ran across the middle, dodged linebackers, all while on a bum ankle vs. Dallas didn’t happen either?

    His 20 yard crossing route vs. Detroit that he took to the house, did that happen?

    How about his 25 yard crossing route that he turned into a td vs Jacksonville? Did that happen?

    Let me guess, you watch sportscenter, so you know everything there is to know about Desean? What a tool, keep dealing in generalizations and the rest of us will actually respect talent. You don’t have to like him, but his ability is undeniable.

  13. zengreaser says: Aug 14, 2011 2:51 PM

    @fordman84 –

    Two-trick pony?! I’ll be the first to say that DeSean’s size doesn’t exactly make going across the middle an ideal way to use him, but you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

    His longest catch last year was a 91 yard TD against the Cowboys. And it wasn’t a “go route”. He caught the ball 6 yards away from the line of scrimmage, spun, made the Cowboys miss several tackles, & took off for the end zone. That’s how he’s dynamic, you tool. Anytime he gets the ball in his hands, his speed & his elusiveness make him a homerun threat.

    I never got why people get so hung up on “going over the middle”. The NFL is a league of specialists these days. Very few players are do-it-all players. There’s pass rushers, run-stoppers, coverage players, possession receivers, speed receivers, etc. You obviously are taking one of DeSean’s weaknesses & overflowing it because you have something personal against him. But I bet you’d be singing a different tune if he was playing on whatever sad team you follow.

  14. hoobsher says: Aug 14, 2011 3:07 PM

    desean jackson isnt dynamic. he runs go routes and scares safeties with a few touchdowns here and there.

    ^ eagles fan.

  15. motobus says: Aug 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    swag

  16. granadafan says: Aug 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    Well said, indyeagle and zengreaser. That moronic post by @fordman84 clearly shows the guy doesn’t know anything about football. I’m not much of an Eagles fan, but I can recognize a phenomenal talent and give props to any amazing player.

  17. dontouchmyjunk says: Aug 14, 2011 3:20 PM

    @fordman84 and @hoobsher. You have confused Desean Jackson with Devon Hester. Jackson can, and does, run every route WR’s are expected to run and he runs them well.

    Anybody who actually watches his games know this. I think you’ve been schooled by enough comments on this post. Go back to hating.

  18. dogsweat1 says: Aug 14, 2011 3:48 PM

    Not an Eagle Fan.

    Vick+Jackson+Nnamadi=SB

  19. crm0055 says: Aug 14, 2011 3:56 PM

    don’t forget about his end around vs the redskins

    which of his “2 tricks” is that?

    If your really want to call him a 2 trick pony, fine but here are his 2 tricks

    1. He is faster than well over 95% of the NFL

    2. He had the ability to turn any play into a touchdown (running, receiving, or returns)

    they are pretty good tricks…

  20. vickismydogg says: Aug 14, 2011 4:02 PM

    @indyeagle: Don’t forget miracle at the Meadowlands 2 :)

    Do we even watch Jackson? Yes, us Eagles fan watch him every game. Do YOU ever actually watch him? I doubt this, because if you did, you wouldn’t say he is not dynamic.

    About the article… I like it. I like that the corners and Jackson are challenging each other and pushing each other to be better…

  21. deenice810 says: Aug 14, 2011 4:36 PM

    Now can we just give him a new contract please. Vick to Jackson sounds to good!

  22. melonnhead says: Aug 14, 2011 4:38 PM

    So Asante’s and Aso’s legs are already tired, eh? Good. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are going to run them ragged.

  23. melonnhead says: Aug 14, 2011 4:42 PM

    That’s an awful lot of hype for a guy that caught one more TD pass than Roy Williams did last season.

  24. stubbs156 says: Aug 14, 2011 4:45 PM

    WOW! Eagles fans are more annoying and pompous at this point of the season than usual.

    With that said, yes Jackson is dynamic. I would gladly sever my right pinky and mix it into a delicious smoothy to have him on my team. 1, 2, or 3 tricks, doesn’t matter to me b/c he seems to pull off the TD trick every now and then.

    On the other hand, this will not translate into a S/B. You guys might as well rip the “S” and “B” button off of your computers so that your not mistaken for more than the next month or 2. Vick goes down by week 7. At that point it becomes a race b/t Young and you pricks on who is the 1st to threaten suicide.

  25. sdw2001 says: Aug 14, 2011 4:57 PM

    fordman84 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 2:16 PM
    dynamic? How do you figure Jackson is “dynamic”? He is a two trick pony. He can return kicks (which will not be happening soon) and he can run really fast in a straight line. If he goes over the middle, he will be killed…again like last year. He can’t run a route, have you even watched him? His only play is “go deep and try to outrun someone, I’ll hit ya”.

    He is a great player, but he is not “dynamic”.
    ——————-

    “Dynamic” is a perfect term. He’s got great hands and moves in addition to that speed.

  26. The Shoeman says: Aug 14, 2011 5:00 PM

    I’ll say it . . . ” DeSean Jackson is by far better than anything in the NFC East” !

    for years to come . . . .you can just hear:

    Jerry musing . . .
    he always wanted to be a Cowboy ,, but went to the Eagles.

  27. tinopuno says: Aug 14, 2011 5:18 PM

    fordman84 says:
    How do you figure Jackson is “dynamic”? He is a two trick pony. He can return kicks (which will not be happening soon)

    ———————————————————–

    Here’s a suggestion. Try knowing what you’re talking about before making dumb posts. Jackson does NOT return kicks. He does return punts, which will be happening soon.

  28. hailvictory10 says: Aug 14, 2011 5:31 PM

    Does anyone else here HATE the eagles more and more every day?

    I do

    If i had a nickel for every time the Eagles won a Super Bowl, I would have ZERO nickles

    HAIL

  29. cosmic cobbvict says: Aug 14, 2011 5:55 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Aug 14, 2011 4:42 PM

    That’s an awful lot of hype for a guy that caught one more TD pass than Roy Williams did last season.
    ——————————————————
    3 more total TDs than Roy Williams in one less game, and an NFL-leading 22.5 yd avg per catch. Not bad for the 2nd best receiver on the team, maybe 3rd with Steve “3rd and” Smith.

    That’s an awful lot of posts on Eagle articles from a guy that changed his username after Dallas went 1-5 under Romo and 3-3 under Kitna.

  30. sieg1234 says: Aug 14, 2011 6:42 PM

    “He can, however, be taken away and not just by the elite corners. The huge discrepancy in his production against varying levels of competition has to concern Philly fans though.”

    This is a quote about Desean Jackson – basically he is pretty mediocre against top tier competition (mainly top tier CB’s). You guys are asinine to act as if he is a great WR, he’s not by ANY means.

  31. nocryinginbaseball07 says: Aug 14, 2011 6:52 PM

    hailvictory10 says:

    Does anyone else here HATE the eagles more and more every day?

    __________________________________________

    This is why you’re called HATERS. Most unpleasant breed; as you can see above usually not very well informed about eagles player stats, so reduced to foaming at the mouth and talking about super bowl rings and trophy cases. In other words, the past. Be a happy little fan if your team has won something, and leave ours alone!

  32. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 14, 2011 8:10 PM

    Desean Jackson worked with Jerry Rice before he was drafted.

    Jerry Rice was quoted as saying: “Desean Jackson is the best route-runner I’ve ever seen.”

    No, I will not take this as an absolute fact… but the reality is that the greatest receiver that has ever graced our game had that to say about Desean Jackson.

    (Dynamic might be an understatement)

  33. pjxii says: Aug 14, 2011 8:58 PM

    Off Topic- Is the new Eagles DE Phillip Hunt’s middle name Michael? If it is, he’ll be the favorite player of every woman in Philly (Phil Mike Hunt- say that quickly).

  34. stevemcguigan says: Aug 14, 2011 9:52 PM

    Hahahaha, Vox, you’re pathetic. 1 more TD than Roy Williams, double the yardage. double.

  35. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 15, 2011 2:58 AM

    stubbs156…

    So you have a magic ball that you can predict everything? I can not stand it when people say that the Eagles “WONT” win the SB. How the heck do you know? Look at our roster and tell me we don’t have the talent to win the SB? WE DO!!! Now will we? I don’t know, strange things happen in the NFL. Allot of times the best team doesn’t always win the big game although I do think we got lucky with the last two SB champs (I think they were the best teams) but was the 2007 Giants really the best team that year? So anything can happen which is why I wont say the Eagles “WILL” win the SB. However nobody can say they “WONT” because clearly they are def a contender!!!

  36. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 15, 2011 8:19 AM

    Have to agree with oomorosooo completely. Nobody can tell what the new season will bring, but for once the Birds are making the kinds of moves that get teams to the highest level. I hate Lurie and Banner as much as anybody, but as far as this seasons’ prep work, good job boys.

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