If DeSean Jackson played his last game with the Eagles yesterday, he went out in style. Jackson had hauled in four passes for 86 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown in what was his potential swan song against the Redskins.
Despite a lack of consistency in 2011, Jackson’s final numbers were decent. He finished the season with 58 catches for 961 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged “only” 16.6 yards per catch, down from his 22.5 yards per grab in 2010.
And after a season in which Jackson was relatively quiet, but an obvious distraction because of his dissatisfaction with his contract, the fourth-year receiver offered a mea culpa after Sunday’s game.
“I can admit to certain things affecting me during the season. I just want to apologize,” he said. “I probably could have handled it a little bit different, but now sitting here after the season’s over I can just say I was able to put it behind me and really just fight for my teammates, fight for my organization.”
Jackson’s benching and the Eagles’ subsequent dismal performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 can be circled as one of the many reasons the New York Giants even had the opportunity to play for the NFC East title last night.
I like Jackson. I think he doesn’t a lot for this offense, but the Eagles have made it obvious that they have no intention paying him top flight money. The fear he instills in defensive coordinators is great, but fear doesn’t equal production, and his production is simply not at an elite level.
The other thing to be considered is this: is this a sincere apology? Or is Jackson offering hollow words in hopes that other potential employers don’t red flag him as a pain in the ass?