Monday, August 3, 2015

Links: What's DeSean up to?

When I was a little kid, I remember getting a skateboard for my birthday.

Links: What's DeSean up to?

Without mini camps, DeSean Jackson is finding other ways to entertain. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Without mini camps, DeSean Jackson is finding other ways to entertain. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

When I was a little kid, I remember getting a skateboard for my birthday.

It said Joe Cool in white letters with a black background on top. And underneath, where the wheels were attached, it had a picture of Snoopy.

I took it out on the driveway, tried to figure out how to ride the thing for about 20 minutes and then ultimately just quit, grabbing my basketball instead. The skateboard stayed tucked away in the garage and was never used again. It was then that I vowed to never attempt any balance-related athletic activity ever again. Skiing? No thanks. Roller blading? Not for me. Ice skating? Forget about it.

So what does this all have to do with the Eagles and the NFL? Well, not a whole lot. But I don't have much to write about and stumbled upon this video of DeSean Jackson (thanks to Bleeding Green Nation) appearing on MTV's Fantasy Factory.

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Needless to say, he is much more comfortable on a skateboard than I was, and Jackson also displays some skills on a Go-Kart (something else I'm not very good at).

Anyway, if you're bored on this holiday weekend, check out the video below.


If you want some actual football-related content, Football Outsiders took a look at how often teams went with empty backfields last season. The Birds did it on 8.2 percent of their plays, fifth-most in the NFL.

If you remember from my game reviews, given the Eagles' protection problems, I was often puzzled when they decided to not keep a running back next to Michael Vick in pass protection.

Overall, the Eagles averaged 5.5 yards per play when they went with an empty backfield, and Football Outsiders ranked them 13th-best in the league in that formation.

They also looked at how often teams went with six offensive linemen. It should come as no surprise that only the Bills and Lions went with an extra linemen less than the Eagles, who did so on three plays, two of which were passes.

The Giants, meanwhile, were near the top of the list on plays with six linemen. They went with an extra guy on 115 plays - 84 of which were rushing downs. But as the article explains, that probably had to do with them replacing injured tight end Kevin Boss.

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