Fresh off his new five-year, $51 million deal, DeSean is raring to go. Following a season marred by "alligator arms" and off-the-field issues concerning his contract situation, he has no excuse to continue missing expectations.
When you take attitude out of the equation, DeSean is a top 15 wide receiver at least. In the two seasons before 2011, he combined for 2,212 yards and 15 touchdowns receiving, to go along with 241 yards rushing.
His breakaway speed helps him break coverage contain, and his ability to beat his defender to a spot gives Michael Vick options when they go deep. In addition, he opens up the field for the running game and the short passing game, which only compounds his value to the Eagles.
While his talent is certainly elite-caliber, his consistency isn't. If he continues to disappear for months at a time, teams will be able to focus more on the other offensive stars, like Maclin, McCoy and Vick, and the offense doesn't function properly. If he doesn't get the ball while running go routes, his mind seems to wander and he isn't as effective.
If DeSean can find the connection with Mike Vick that they had in 2010, then he is the most explosive player on the team, but until he starts making consistent deep catches, it's hard to move him up on this list.