There’s been a lot of talk this week in Philadelphia about wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s preoccupation with his contract situation. ESPN’s Sal Palantonio added some meat to the bone Thursday, explaining why Jackson’s “camp” is worried.
“It’s not about his production. It’s about his durability and his safety for the Jackson camp,” Palantonio said on NFL Live. “Another concussion and the Jackson camp is specifically worried about his marketability going forward and that’s why they want the Eagles to do a better job protecting Jackson.”
To do that, Jackson’s camp is reportedly hoping to “reduce” the number of shallow crossing routes Jackson runs, which makes him vulnerable to big hits by linebackers. A reduced role on special teams (punt returns) would be another request. (All of this sounds familiar. Jackson doesn’t want to get hurt before he gets paid.)
We’ve seen suggestions that these reports dismissing these Jackson reports as making something out of nothing. But Eagles coaches don’t want to hear how to call plays or how to use their player from any “camp.”
When hearing Paolantonio’s report, we immediately thought about the report that Jackson refused to field punts in pregame warmups last week. Jackson also struggled on those shallow crossing routes against Chicago.