According to ESPN.com, Jackson was being interviewed by ESPN's Lisa Salters when he admitted that he didn't give his full effort to the Eagles last year: "I let it get to me, even though I tried not to let it. I was trying to protect myself from getting hurt—now I'm just giving it all."
I hate to be the one to break it to you, Mr. Jackson, but you weren't fooling anyone. We all knew that you weren't giving your all to the Eagles in 2011.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, it's time to get back to the present. The fact of the matter is that the Eagles understood the fragile ego of their star receiver and gave him what he needed to get back to doing what he does best: making big plays on offense and special teams.
Now that Jackson feels loved and needed, he's fully focused on football. That's a bad thing for opposing defenses, and a fantastic thing for the Eagles.
There aren't many players in the NFL that can force defenses to keep two safeties back in coverage the way that Jackson does. His blazing speed and phenomenal agility, combined with the rocket arm of Michael Vick, means that Jackson can be found roaming just about every conceivable square inch of turf from one sideline to the other.
When the safeties start cheating up into the box to try and contain LeSean McCoy, Jackson inevitably burns them over the top for six.
Last year, though, when Jackson wasn't focused on football, teams weren't as concerned about him. His dropped passes and lackluster route-running had a lot to do with that, but we won't see any of that in 2012.
He's going to put up monster numbers, and by doing so he'll create more opportunities for McCoy and the running game to gash defenses. It's a win-win, and Jackson is going to make everyone forget about his poor contract-negotiating skills by the time the 2012 season is finished.
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