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DeSean Jackson's No. 1 priority is his health

Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:51 pm
JacksonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

All too often we hear players who claim that winning is the most important thing in the world to them. And while it’s nice for fans and teammates to digest that, I’m sure that’s not always rooted in reality.

Which leads us to the refreshing comments made Thursday by Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who said his health (which he needs in order to land a huge new contract) is of the upmost importance to him.

“That’s the No. 1 priority is to stay healthy,” Jackson said, via the Philly Sports Daily. “I wouldn’t be able to play the game if I wasn’t healthy. In my book, that’s the No. 1 priority. Winning is next in that category. As long as I’m healthy and we’re winning, regardless of my numbers, I think I’ll be very happy.”

Chances are if Jackson is healthy, he’ll probably put up strong statistics, and chances are if Jackson puts up strong statistics, he’ll be in line for a big raise (he, ahem, wants $10 million a year).

But at the same time, Jackson wants to point out that he’s not futzing around on the field. He’s not going out of his way to avoid getting hurt (especially when Dunta Robinson is on the same field as him).

“Every time I step on the field I leave it on the line,” said Jackson. “I never go out there and try to hold anything back because that’s how people get hurt.”

Unfortunately for Jackson, his contract year hasn’t gotten off to a great start, and he’s only caught four passes for 51 yards in the past two games.  Michael Vick has said it’s because opposing safeties are playing Jackson deeper, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says opposing defenses are playing soft in coverage to avoid Jackson’s big play-making abilities.

But Jackson seems OK with the number of targets he’s getting. After all, he’s got his health right now, and even if Jackson doesn’t stay healthy and, for some reason, can’t continue his career, at least he has the comfort of knowing that he’s got a big insurance policy to cash in on himself.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:41 am

DeSean Jackson's No. 1 priority is his health

Ok DeSean, you are my #2 receiver in my fantasy team and so far this season, besides wk1, you haven't done crap for me. Being healthy is great but if you're not doing anything on the field, it's not going to get you the big fat contract that I think you deserve. Start telling Vick and Reid that you need the ball more. You're the #1 receiver on the team, of course you're gonna get double team but so does most #1 receivers on any teams. Just need to work harder to get open and catch the damn ball more than 2 or 3 times per game, jeez.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:23 am

DeSean Jackson's No. 1 priority is his health

D-Jax is easily better than Santonio Holmes, who got the $10M/yr and claims it was a "discount."  One can only imagine he thinks his real worth is, what, $15M/yr?  They should cut Asomugha and give $10M to D-Jax, either that or Aso better start stepping it up.

It's funny, all these FAs sign for big contracts and then do nothing, expecting the guys that were already there to keep carrying the team. 

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:09 am

DeSean Jackson's No. 1 priority is his health

Well, at least it's refreshing to know the reason for his disappearing act in most games.  Top flight receivers like A. Johnson, C. Johnson, G. Jennings, R. White, etc. don't disappear like DeSean does, yet he considers himself as being in their class only because of his break-away speed. He definitely has one thing going for him, though: his mouth is worthy of a job in Washington. No, not as a receiver, as a politician. I'd be more impressed if he just shut up and played like the aforementioned WR's, and then he can go talk the talk about landing a contract.  


Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:10 am

DeSean Jackson's No. 1 priority is his health

Yes he should get a new deal, but not 10 million a yr.   Maclin is a better receiver. The numbers even show it.  Maybe not as many yards last year as Jackson, but more catches and more TDs.  While you are harping on dropped passes.  Jackson has dropped 3 sure TD passes this season, just to name three. 

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