Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles and just about all of the Philly media just can’t stop discussing DeSean Jackson. That’s a good thing.
Don’t expect any ‘Birds’ fan’s love affair with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to stop or even slow down any time soon. Just look around you ladies and gentlemen. It’s becoming impossible to successfully complete a 24-hour period without seeing his name pop up.
It wasn’t even a month ago when we read the tales like the one we heard from Dave Zangaro. Undrafted rookie corner Jay Liggins lined up across from a guy he, no doubt, idolized as a high school kid. When he looked up, and there stood ’10’.
Liggins dreams of playing in the NFL became very real that day. His quote is the best one. ‘I lined myself up and got situated, and I looked up and I saw 10′. That’s when it hit him.
‘Oh (expletive), that’s DeSean Jackson’.
It seems like every tweet is followed by news of him possibly returning punts. Then, as you’re trying to get memories of the second Miracle at the Meadowlands out of your head, Philly returns to practice, and in their second day of mandatory workouts, the franchise, Carson Wentz, hits ‘D Jax’ for a 50-yard bomb, and again, the social media world goes bananas.
Think about it for a second. It’s almost like we’ve forgotten Alshon Jeffery exists. The man who has no problem calling himself a Jeffery fan, rookie wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside even took some time to praise Jackson.
This one comes courtesy of the official team website:
"He’s been awesome in the meeting room. He’s more than helpful. I ask him stuff all the time on the field, in the classroom and he just helps. He does everything he can to make sure that you understand what you’re asking for and he goes out there and makes plays like catching those posts and then it’s like what he’s saying is the truth. It’s been awesome."
If there was one knock on Wentz that Eagles supporters can agree on, whether you’ve supported Philly’s QB1 or criticized him, it’s the fact that, at times, he can become too reliant on Zach Ertz.
Yes, Ertz is amazing, but with so many weapons at Wentz’s disposal, it feels like several skill players can have career years. If Ertz’s numbers dip a little, but Philly finds themselves in the midst of a deep playoff run with a healthy starting signal caller, no one will complain, Ertz included.
As we march on to another training camp, it feels like there’s a bond forming. Jackson may not have replaced Ertz as Wentz’s favorite target yet, but with what we’re hearing and seeing, it’s hard to rule out the possibility of a big year from ’10’.
It just kind of re-emphasizes that feeling some of us have. You know the one. That ‘why did this guy ever have to leave in the first place’ feeling. Well, that’s another story for another day.