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Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

Posted on: August 21, 2008 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2008 4:41 pm

Since Terrell Owens left Philadelphia in a huff in 2005, the Eagles have been desperate for a game-breaking receiver. Spurned in their effort to sign Randy Moss away from the Patriots this offseason, the club spent a second-round pick on DeSean Jackson. While it appeared at the time that the Eagles were adding another short, speedy receiver to their corps of wideouts, we now know that they picked someone who can attract quite a crowd.

And now with Kevin Curtis sidelined with a sports hernia for the start of the regular season, Jackson is cruising to a starting job.

Aside from a hamstring strain that kept him off the field at the start of training camp, Jackson has been lights-out with the Eagles. He's displayed his break-neck speed in practice and learned from a good mentor that studying the playbook is the most important thing he can do. It's paid off: Jackson is leading the team in receptions this preseason with 122 yards on a dozen catches.

In his most recent preseason game vs. the Panthers, Jackson started and saw time with the first- and second-team offense (thanks to teammate Reggie Brown leaving early with a hamstring injury). His seven-catch, 71-yard performance was impressive. So were the 14 passes he was targeted for, including a deep lob down the left sideline where Jackson had his man beat by a yard but couldn't catch up to Donovan McNabb's pass. By the start of the regular season, that will be fixed.

Jackson spoke after the game and talked about how he developed into a reliable offensive threat so early on in the preseason, who he's modeled his game after, and much more about his spot with the Eagles.

You saw a lot of reps against the Panthers, playing with the first- and second-team offense. Did you know coming in that you'd see so much playing time?

"I did. It was great."

What feeling do you have when you're asked to contribute so much right away?

"It's great. There can't be no better feeling than to be in this offense with Donovan, Westbrook and all of the receivers. I'm just going to keep doing my work and every practice, every game, I'll just do the best I can."

Does it surprise you that you were thrown at 14 times?

"I'm not surprised. They've been giving me a lot of balls in practice. I'm just happy, but I'm a young rookie in the NFL and I've got a lot of work to keep doing."

You're listed at 5-foot-10, and I imagine that you've had to defend your size at every level you've played at.

"I can't worry about my size. It is what it is, and that's what you get. You have got to go out there and play football and have fun."

Would you say you play beyond your size because of your great vertical and the way you play?

"I feel like I do. I feel like I don't play nothing like my size. I can catch the ball across the middle, I can do whatever I need to get open and help this team."

Is there someone in the pros now who you feel like you've modeled your game after?

"Steve Smith. I watched him when I was younger. I've always liked his after-the-catch ability and what he's able to bring to the football field, scoring deep touchdowns and being very quick and versatile."

It's well documented that you've worked on your game with Jerry Rice. What are some things that he may have taught you that you've run into in these first few games?

"The biggest thing Jerry taught me was to work hard, understand the playbook, put in the extra work and just do the little things to get better to stay in this league for a long time. The biggest thing for him was, he was in the league for 17 or 18 years, and every year he worked like it was his first year. Nothing changed, he kept doing the hard work. So I'm just trying to do that."

Did he teach you anything about the West Coast offense?

"No. He's out of the game now and he doesn't really know this offense (compared to the version he was in). Coach Marty (Mornhinweg) used to coach him, and so there's a little similarity. Like I said, the biggest thing he taught me was to stick my head in that playbook."

What's the hardest part about learning this offense?

"There's just a lot of plays. That's the hardest thing. Once you feel like you've got the offense, there are more things that come in there that you're like 'Whoa.' That's the biggest thing."

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Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2008 11:03 am

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 9:52 pm

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

I'm drinking the Kool-Aid!!  I like this kid.  T.O. put up great #'s in this system, Curtis did last year, and the early reports are that this guy is looking great.  Westbrook is a fantasy stud RB, and I can see this guy breaking out because of the running threat coupled with the injury to Curtis.  The early chemistry w/ McNabb, could prove to be huge.  I drafted him in the 14th round in 1 league, and saw him go off the board the next night in the 8th in my other league. 

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:30 pm

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

I hoping DeSean can produce this season, but I'm not buying into the hype just yet it's only preseason. While I think losing Curtis hurts, atleast we'll get to see what Jackson can do; then when Curtis comes back they should have a pretty decent set of WR's.

Jackson def has the speed to be in this league, but I need to see what he does when the better CB's start pressing him at the line. I think then he might have some trouble, but we'll have to wait and see.

I really like the comments about Jerry Rice, if DeSean can have half the work ethic Rice did then he should turn out to be a very productive WR, and just maybe (crossing fingers) the #1 WR the Eagles have been needing since forever.

Fantasy, he's def worth a mid-late round pick, and could turn out to be a solid #2 starter.

GO EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2008 9:01 am

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

I have a feeling that DeSean will be one of those players like Bob Sanders  who was undersized and no one really thought he could do much but look at Sanders now 2x Pro Bowler and reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2008 6:49 pm

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

      Sounds  like jerry has his mind in the right direction. Now if #5  stays healthy and plays like he can? This  could become a   good thing for the Eagles.  O YAH  thank's philly for the Lombrdi trophy and that Stanly cup. Philly is the brotherly town.   LOVE  TAMPA...

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2008 4:02 pm

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

I think that if he stays healthy, this kid will be the most talked about "surprise" of the season (both as a WR and return specialist).  His size is a not an issue...hey the experts said Westbrook was undersized too.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2008 1:46 am

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

I like this kid alot. He is one to watch out for this year among rookie wide outs. I think with Kevin Curtis getting hurt, look for Deshaun Jackson to blossom into a nice receiver in just his first year.

This guy has very nice speed, and will give the Eagle's great Special Teams boost. He has been targeted alot in the last two pre-season games. He was with the first team against the Patriots, and ran a punt back for a score.

I had Devin Hester on my reserves and dropped him to pick up Jackson off the waiver wire.

Nice pick Andy Reid!

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2008 9:04 pm

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

Richard, can you pass me a cup of tea?

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2008 8:23 pm
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Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2008 7:20 pm

Fantasy Huddle: DeSean Jackson

I like DeSean as a late round sleeper, but he may be the number 3 receiving option behind Westbrook and LJ Smith. B/c even though he's better than Smith for sure, he's a rookie, and will have to develop. And he isn't a great route runner, which will hurt in the eagles system. He may pick it up down the stretch, but he's barely worth a fantasy pick to me this year.

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