Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jackson shines again for Eagles

There has been no shortage of story lines on offense for the 2009 Eagles.

Jackson shines again for Eagles

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DeSean Jackson leaves the Chiefs´ Jarrad Page in his wake on a second quarter touchdown reception against Kansas City.  ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson leaves the Chiefs' Jarrad Page in his wake on a second quarter touchdown reception against Kansas City. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

There has been no shortage of story lines on offense for the 2009 Eagles.

The addition and use of Michael Vick.

The injuries to Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook.

The questions on the offensive line.

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And the list goes on.

But once again today, the Eagles' most impressive playmaker was the guy we've been talking about since training camp started at Lehigh: DeSean Jackson.

The Birds beat the Chiefs, 34-14, today at the Linc to improve to 2-1. And Jackson shined, catching six balls for 149 yards (career high) and a touchdown. The big play was a 64-yard reception in the second quarter, where Jackson made the catch on a slant from Kolb and took it to the house.

Last week, he had four catches for 101 yards, including a 71-yard score.

Jackson became the first Eagle since Mike Quick to have a 60-plus yard receiving TD in back-to-back games. Quick did it in 1985.

And so, much of the post-game coverage will focus on Kolb, the Wildcat and Vick. But perhaps more important than those things is that Jackson appears to be taking the next step after a stellar rookie season.

Perhaps he heard the Anquan Boldin rumors in the offseason. Perhaps he took offense to the fact that the Eagles traded up and used their first-round pick on Jeremy Maclin.

Or maybe he just has that personal pride and desire to get better.

Whatever the case may be, Jackson is improving each week and proving to be the type of playmaker at wide receiver this franchise has lacked for much of the Andy Reid/McNabb era.

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