One of the Eagles biggest problems on offense last year lied with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who pouted, groused and moaned about wanting a long-term contract on the way to posting his worst numbers since his rookie season.
Of course, after that disappointing season Philadelphia did the logical thing and caved in to the fifth-year wideout's demands, inking Jackson to a five-year, $51 million deal in March.
Now that Jackson has the new contract he coveted there are no excuses for the 25-year-old to fall back on if his two-year statistical slide continues, although Andy Reid recently told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he thinks Jackson is primed for a bounce-back season.
"He's bouncing around, playing fast. He's got a load off his mind," Reid said. "He's a young guy that had a whole lot of things on his plate. . . . Sometimes he did good with it. Sometimes he didn't do so good with it, but he worked through it. I think he grew up and now he was able to make some money here doing what he loves to do."
For both his sake and Jackson's, Reid and the Eagles are surely hoping he's right, as the Philadelphia offense is much more formidable when Jackson is stretching opposing defenses.