Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DeSean on his struggles

In his last three games, dating back to last season, DeSean Jackson had just ten catches for 129 yards and one touchdown.

DeSean on his struggles

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DeSean Jackson managed only four catches against the Packers, all from Michael Vick. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
DeSean Jackson managed only four catches against the Packers, all from Michael Vick. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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In his last three games, dating back to last season, DeSean Jackson had just ten catches for 129 yards and one touchdown.

After almost two full seasons of escalating success, the Eagles wide receiver is realizing what it's like to be the focal point for opposing defenses.

"I think it comes with making all the big plays and scoring all these touchdowns," Jackson said Wednesday. "It brings a lot of attention on yourself. I kind of brought that upon myself."

Jackson had four catches for 30 yards in the Eagles' 27-20 loss to Green Bay Sunday. All those receptions came in the second half after Kevin Kolb left with a concussion and Michael Vick came in as his replacement.

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In both the regular-season finale and first-round playoff game against the Cowboys a year ago, Jackson had trouble getting open. He had four catches for 33 yards and a score in the first game and two catches for 36 yards in the second.

He said the extra attention was something the great Jerry Rice prepared him for when the Hall of Fame receiver trained with Jackson before the draft combine two years ago.

"He said, 'You can be so good, but then there's another part to being good. It's the great part when you go out there and everybody knows who you are and they strart game-planning on you and they put two or three people on you,'" Jackson recalled.  

Jackson said that he felt confident coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would find ways to get him more involved in the offense.

"That's the biggest thing, I just have to try and do something within ten yards," Jackson said. "Once I'm going down the field it's like everybody's just focused on me. I'm confident that Marty and Coach Reid will do things to get the ball in my hands real quick. ... There's not always bright lights. Sometimes you have to go through dark tunnels to be able to get to the success."

Jackson stood at his locker at the NovaCare Complex for approximately ten minutes, giving by far the longest interviews he's granted since the start of training camp. Made aware of this fact near the end of the exchange, Jackson joked, "I know, get out my face."

He then laughed and turned away.

 

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