Thursday, December 18, 2014

DeSean: Best of DeSean yet to come

After three explosive seasons in the NFL, DeSean Jackson said that his performance with the Eagles thus far has not exceeded his own expectations.

DeSean: Best of DeSean yet to come

"I just see myself getting smarter and more intelligent and more comfortable every year," DeSean Jackson said. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
"I just see myself getting smarter and more intelligent and more comfortable every year," DeSean Jackson said. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

After three explosive seasons in the NFL, DeSean Jackson said that his performance with the Eagles thus far has not exceeded his own expectations.

"Not necessarily," Jackson said Monday night on NFL Network's "Total Access." "I think the world has yet to see to best of DeSean Jackson. ... I just see myself getting smarter and more intelligent and more comfortable every year. Every year it just gets dangerous, dangerous and dangerous the things I'm able to do out there on the field. It's sometimes unbelievable."

Jackson, though, has been unable to work out with the Eagles and their coaches this off-season because of the NFL lockout. The wide receiver's appearance on the NFL's mouthpiece -- along with that of other veteran players -- had raised some eyebrows because of the labor dispute between the league and the players. Jackson attempted to soothe football fans concerned about the work stoppage.

"Right now, don't get too worried," he said. "Hopefully, a plan will be put together, a work settlement, for us to be back at work and for us to do something we love to do, which is play football and bring excitement to the fans. The best I can say now is I'm definitely missing my Philadelphia Eagles fans, not being in Philadelphia and doing my off-season workouts. I want to say, 'Eagles fans, we'll be back to work real soon in a hurry, hopefully.'"

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Jackson enters next season in the last year of his contract. He has said he wants an extension, but right now the lockout has suspended league business.

"I'm ready to get back to work," Jackson said. "I know my teammates are, I know the guys in the rest of the NFL are. It's important to us. This is our livelihood. It pays our bills."

Jackson was also asked about quarterback Michael Vick, who will be back next season for the Eagles, provided there is a next season. Jackson mistakengly skipped ahead a year when he spoke of the enthusiasm he and the Eagles' young core of skill players have for the upcoming season with Vick at the controls.

"He's an awesome player," Jackson said. "And for myself to even be playing with him, especially growing up watching that man do the things he's done .... I'm really happy to be playing with him -- myself, [Jeremy] Maclin and [LeSean] McCoy -- we're all excited about this 2012 season coming up. We're ready to get back going."

Surprisingly, Jackson was not asked about another Eagles quarterback. Backup Kevin Kolb has been one of the hot topics of discussions this off-season. The Eagles are entertaining offers for the 26-year old, but they can't move him until there is a new CBA or the lockout is lifted.

Jackson was asked about Donovan McNabb, his former quarterback with the Eagles. McNabb was traded a year ago Monday to the Redskins. Jackson said the trade, in the end, worked out for the Eagles.

"As far as us looking back as a team, I think everything happened successful," said Jackson, who also added that McNabb's struggles last year with Washington were "unfortunate being the type of quarterback he's been."

At the end of the show, Jackson ranked the top ten plays of his NFL career:

10. 31-yard TD run vs. the Falcons on Oct. 17, 2010.
9. 67-yard TD run vs. the Redskins on Oct. 26, 2009.
8. 68-yard TD punt return vs. the Redskins on Oct. 5, 2008.
7. 85-yard TD punt return vs. the Panthers on Sept. 13, 2009.
6. 64-yard TD reception vs. the Chiefs on Sept. 27, 2009.
5. 88-yard TD reception vs. the Redskins on Nov. 15, 2010.
4. 72-yard TD punt return vs. the Giants on Dec. 13, 2009.
3. 91-yard TD reception vs. the Cowboys on Dec. 12, 2010.
2. 62-yard TD reception vs. the Cardinals on Jan. 18, 2009.
1. 65-yard TD punt return vs. the Giants on Dec. 19, 2010.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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