Friday, December 26, 2014

A Star is Born?

The Eagles' DeSean Jackson makes an outrageous debut.

A Star is Born?

DeSean Jackson holds on as St. Louis Rams´ Tye Hill tries to grab the ball during the first quarter of the Eagles season opener. The Birds led 21-0 at halftime. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
DeSean Jackson holds on as St. Louis Rams' Tye Hill tries to grab the ball during the first quarter of the Eagles season opener. The Birds led 21-0 at halftime. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


Remember all of that talk, a lot of it from me, about how rookie receivers in the NFL in general, and with the Eagles in particular, just cannot be expected to have a major impact at the very beginning of their careers.

Well, forget all of that.

As they say in the movies, "Sweetheart, get me re-write."

DeSean Jackson has just exploded into the National Football League. True, true, he was a beneficiary of the godawful St. Louis Rams. The idea that he will  be able to do this every game, every week, is folly. But this kid was obvious, and an obvious factor, every time he stepped on the field today in the Eagles' 38-3 demolition of the Rams.

What was already a runaway bandwagon of public sentiment in favor of Jackson just became an unleashed rocket. Here are the numbers from a stunning debut: six catches for 106 yards, including a 47-yarder on the second play of the game. There were some really good catches, too -- nicely athletic, confidently concentrating. And then there was the punt return, too -- a 60-yarder during which Jackson must have traveled about 90 yards, traversing the landscape pretty much from sideline to sideline along the way.

The test of excellence is time, of course. And the Rams are not on the schedule anymore. There will be questions in the future. There will  be tougher games, and physical demands that Jackson will need to endure.

But here and now, Day 1, there is no sense doing anything but marveling. It is hard to rein in a rocket, after all.

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Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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