DeSean Jackson is in a slump. He has only three games over 50 yards this year. He has eight catches for 93 yards with no scores in the last three games combined.
His struggles are coming at a particularly bad time; this is Jackson’s contract year.
On Monday night, Jackson fumbled a punt and couldn’t haul in a couple passes he had a chance to catch. He attributes his struggles to the fact defenses know the Eagles want to get the ball deep to Jackson.
“Obviously a lot of teams are on to that and trying to do everything in their power to not let us run down the field and make the big plays that we’ve been doing the past couple years,” Jackson said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “We’ve got to find a way to make it happen and get through that.”
Jackson is one of the most exciting players in football, but he’s not that versatile of a wide receiver. Take away his vertical routes and he doesn’t necessarily have an offspeed pitch.
“The defenses are trying to take away what we do best,” Jackson said. “We’ve got to be able to figure it out.”
They need to figure it out fast. Philadelphia may very well need to sweep their last eight games in order to make the playoffs.