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DeSean Jackson dissects his slump

DeSean Jackson, Tim Jennings

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.

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48 Responses to “DeSean Jackson dissects his slump”
  1. greenpacker says: Nov 8, 2011 7:37 PM

    earl bennet looked better than jackson last night. thats coming from a serious packer fan

  2. jerseyshoregiant says: Nov 8, 2011 7:38 PM

    It’s the curse of a game winning punt return.

  3. eagleswin says: Nov 8, 2011 7:40 PM

    Catching a few balls over the middle would do wonders for his stats and contract aspirations.

  4. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 7:41 PM

    >He attributes his struggles to the fact defenses know the Eagles want to get the ball deep to Jackson.

    Simple. Just fool ‘em with the old buttonhook and hope your QB isn’t busy scrambling around trying to make a newsreel play.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:43 PM

    Starts with a D and ends in a fense. Jackson is irrelevant if we cant hold teams under thirty points a game

  6. itstariq says: Nov 8, 2011 7:45 PM

    Yeah, those drops against soft zones are definitely D’s taking away what you do best.

  7. dolphins4 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:46 PM

    Jackson is no Devin Hester.

  8. purplekoolaid1 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:49 PM

    One trick pony.

  9. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 7:49 PM

    Keep running him over the middle…that will help. He will never be that guy.

  10. ronaldjones says: Nov 8, 2011 7:54 PM

    Philly’s offense is like Adam Dunn circa 2006: a lot of homeruns but a lot strikeouts too. Additionally, their QB was recently incarcerated for dogfighting.

  11. eaglesandflyers says: Nov 8, 2011 7:57 PM

    Franchise tag this offseason? I don’t see a new contract coming his way. McCoy deserves it more than anyone.

  12. bigbluefan1 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:57 PM

    So in plain english he is a one trick pony and everyone figured out the trick

    That is what is wrong in Philly Vick has been found out and teams know how to stop him.

    De whatever has been figured out

    If you only know one move sooner or latter your going to get figured out and all it takes is one team to figure it out and the rest will follow

    The NFL is the copy cat league it worked for them so it will work for us.

    Unless your team is very talented and you have an ELIte QB who can throw the ball to anyone they give him

  13. gwylie1 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:58 PM

    I think that after Jackson got blasted last year, he is afraid to get hit. So he only runs deep routes with teams are ready for.

  14. dccowboy says: Nov 8, 2011 8:03 PM

    so, the ‘Dream team’ gonna go all in next year too?

  15. gosuhgo says: Nov 8, 2011 8:06 PM

    Cris Carter still thinks he’s better than Calvin.

  16. dallassux says: Nov 8, 2011 8:08 PM

    dolphins4 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 7:46 PM

    Jackson is no Devin Hester.

    ——————————————————————————

    You’re right. Jackson is way better overall. Just look up the stats. Regular season stats, not who has more punt returns td’s.

  17. drew05 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:10 PM

    Jackson has been wide open…and drops the ball.

    He is loafing, he’s upset that he is “under-paid.”

    The Eagles have too much “swagger” and not enough “want to”…and it starts with D-Jack and Asante.

    Between those two, you can find 3 of the teams 5 losses.

    I love my Eagles, I do…they will win the East, they’re good enough to run the table….but need massive adjustments in attitude. I’d start by CUTTING Asante Samuels…dude is horrible.

    Go Eagles.

  18. mancave001 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:11 PM

    Jackson is not in a slump. He’s simply not being thrown to as much because he’s doubled all the time. Also, Vick has missed him a few times…and he’s had some drops. It has nothing to do with his ability or being “a one trick pony.”

  19. jh500 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:12 PM

    I wish DeSean would stop giving up yards. Just take a damn knee.

  20. dalyman3 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:20 PM

    Maclin is so much better than him

  21. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 8, 2011 8:33 PM

    the dude has steve smith talent but he either doesn’t have the drive or doesn’t like to get hit. steve smith has been driven his entire career by a napolean complex. deshaun jackson is a talented, electric player. he should spend some time with smitty in the off-season and get in touch with his nasty side. i’d love to see him in a carolina uniform just as long as knows cam is the boss

  22. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:33 PM

    The threat of Desean running deep should create easy, fundamental comeback routes for him.

    The fact that he can turn on a dime would suggest a simple quick-slant to this guy could be almost undefendable with the right quarterback.

    Desean can take both of these simple routes and turn it into a homerun play so why can’t we simply get this guy the ball and watch it all unfold?

    Vick’s a lefty…his feet and his eyes roll left over to Maclin’s side.

  23. norcalmafia says: Nov 8, 2011 8:40 PM

    Well between the clothing line getting his hair faded picking out new earings and practicing touchdown celebrations in the mirror its hard to find time to work on route running..

  24. nooneyouknow says: Nov 8, 2011 8:46 PM

    Not so sure the Eagles won’t just let him walk. Maclin is a better all around player and they have to pay McCoy. Somebody is going to be left out of all these high contracts and Jackson may be the one without a chair when the music stops unless he starts producing real fast.

  25. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 8, 2011 8:50 PM

    Total cop out. Elite wide receivers make plays, not excuses. Do you hear Calvin Johnson complaining about being double teamed? Or not having a good QB till Matthew Stafford??What about Larry Fitzgerald? Does he point the finger at his crap QB, or non-existent running game? Megatron and Fitz don’t have a Shady McCoy on their team, either.

  26. walter0247 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:56 PM

    He drops balls, can’t run more than a streak and a slant pattern, and can’t beat cover double or one on one. The only reason he got open was because the Defensive Coordinators had to gameplan for Vick. Now that that chicken with his head cut off(Vick) is figured out DeSean is nothing.

  27. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 8, 2011 8:57 PM

    I was 8-0 in my fantasy team and i needed 2 points from desean on monday to win that game… he layed an egg!

    desean… welcome to cold nov bench!

  28. Dynasty says: Nov 8, 2011 8:57 PM

    Desean didn’t get paid….now he’s dropping balls. Should have shown him the money. He stated his main concern is not getting hurt. He won’t catch another over the middle till philly shows him the money

  29. upperdecker19 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:06 PM

    “Sting they a * *”

  30. sf69ers says: Nov 8, 2011 9:12 PM

    If you want to be paid like an elite receiver, play like one! Vick is a Pro Bowl QB throwing to him. Larry Fitz puts up better numbers with undrafted FAs who aren’t even in the NFL any more. Calvin Johnson catches tds in triple coverage! Make plays or they will find someone else who will.

  31. adlent says: Nov 8, 2011 9:24 PM

    I love my Eagles, I do…they will win the East, they’re good enough to run the table….but need massive adjustments in attitude. I’d start by CUTTING Asante Samuels…dude is horrible.

    ——–

    I’m “impartial” as a Redskins fan, but you’re seriously delusional if you think the Eagles will win the East. They already lost to the Giants and will probably need to see the Giants going 3-5 in the last 8 games while the Eagles go 7-1. Just don’t see that happening AT ALL.

  32. chobes68 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:28 PM

    “You’re right. Jackson is way better
    overall. Just look up the stats. Regular
    season stats, not who has more punt
    returns td’s.”

    ++++++

    Hester is a hall of famer (mostly as a returner), while Jackson is only a hof’er….in his mind.

  33. hoobsher says: Nov 8, 2011 9:44 PM

    i’ve been saying this since he first broke out…

    i really hope they don’t resign him. he’s a punk who isn’t worth what he’s asking.

  34. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:49 PM

    Sorry Eagles fans, but this guy is not the stud receiver he was advertised to be. That money would be better spent locking up McCoy and improving the LB position. Maclin plays with alot more heart anyway

  35. mikea311 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:55 PM

    I love my Eagles, I do…they will win the East, they’re good enough to run the table….but need massive adjustments in attitude.
    ———————

    the Giants are gonna nail that coffin shut in two weeks.

  36. 3rivers6rings says: Nov 8, 2011 10:03 PM

    Jeremy Maclin, what’s crackin’!

  37. vergaking82 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:18 PM

    This guy runs the same routes every single game this guy its not a number 1 WR defences already know what he is going to do on every play he is not fooling anybody out there he is too small they know he is not going to thru middle of the defence at 113 pounds we need to sing f*ckin T.O. immediately.

  38. chuckihendrix9 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:23 PM

    so, defenses have taken away the most obvious play ??? no way … go figure

  39. dallassux says: Nov 8, 2011 10:54 PM

    mikea311 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 9:55 PM
    I love my Eagles, I do…they will win the East, they’re good enough to run the table….but need massive adjustments in attitude.
    ———————

    the Giants are gonna nail that coffin shut in two weeks.

    ———————————————————————————-

    You mean the same way the Giants nailed that 31-10 game with 7 minutes left last year. Just saying, you never know.

  40. omegaichiban says: Nov 8, 2011 11:03 PM

    Maclin has killed them this year, Samuel is allergic to body heat, Nnamdi is/was confused. And the defensive coordinator is lost. Drops, confusion, bad promotions. Better luck next year.

  41. dawkattack says: Nov 9, 2011 1:03 AM

    @verga he doesn’t run the same play all the time it’s obvious you don’t watch you just copy and paste what other idiots say be a leader not a follower

  42. CKL says: Nov 9, 2011 2:51 AM

    As a Pats fan, this is mildly amusing to me because some Pats fans complain that they have no deep threat WR, only midrange guys, and some Eagles fans complain that all Jackson does is run one route and fast and won’t go over the middle (sounds like Moss). Guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

  43. nickynick04 says: Nov 9, 2011 4:31 AM

    The Eagles, sorry, The Dream Team
    Will NOT make the playoffs

  44. minkytails says: Nov 9, 2011 6:50 AM

    There’s really no mystery here, is there? He’s stuck with a quarterback who can’t throw.

  45. eaglesw00t says: Nov 9, 2011 7:53 AM

    Speaking as someone with an authentic Desean Jackson jersey in my closet, I am extremely disappointed in Jackson this season. His first few years in the league, he was able to run past defenders. This season, he does not have that burst. I dont know if he is slowing down, or if he is loafing, but he definitely is not playing as fast as he has in the past.

    Couple that with his lack of willingness to go over the middle, a QB who has regressed over the last 12 months, and an offensive line that couldnt block a chihuahua, and youre left with a less than threatening 5’9″ 170lb twig that isnt scaring anyone.

    Jeremy Maclin is the Eagles true #1 receiver. And lately, he has been dropping passes, fumbling, running terrible routes, and having a very mediocre season.

    Brent Celek and Lesean McCoy are the only weapons that seem to be showing up for the Eagles this season. Very disappointing.

  46. eaglesw00t says: Nov 9, 2011 7:56 AM

    Maclin has killed them this year, Samuel is allergic to body heat, Nnamdi is/was confused. And the defensive coordinator is lost. Drops, confusion, bad promotions. Better luck next year

    ————————————————

    Couldnt agree more. Except about Nnamdi. Every time he is placed in man/press, he looks like an All Pro. Its when Castillo calls one of his brilliant zone drops for him that he looks bad. Signing one of the best man corners in the game, and playing him 48% of the time in zone is about as ridonculous as it gets.

  47. n0hopeleft says: Nov 9, 2011 8:40 AM

    DJax: Softer than Roseann’s son!

  48. jbl429 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:46 AM

    Everybody knows Mike Wallace wants to go deep al the time too, and he’s still doing it.

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