DeSean Jackson can still be a force in the NFL, but to be a force he needs a quarterback who can get him the ball and an offensive line that will allow him the time to do so.
Right now, through the midway point in the season, the Philadelphia Eagles star has neither.
His quarterback has been sacked 26 times and has just one more touchdown to interceptions. His offensive line could not stop a jayvee team and his coaches, it seems, can't seem to game plan effectively from week to week.
Despite that, Jackson has 524 yards through seven games and is averaging 15.4 yards per catch.
In other words, he's still the man. Or at least one of them.
Jackson can change the momentum of a game with one touch. Sometimes, like Monday's game against the New Orleans Saints, that momentum swings right back.
Jackson's 77-yard jaunt Monday, especially his embarassing juke of Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson, served as a clear reminder that Jackson can change the tempo—and the result—of a game in a heartbeat.
But he needs help, and his quarterback needs time.
Vick was sacked six times Monday. Yes, that's six times by the who-dat-gonna-give-up-50-points Saints.
Jackson can bail Vick out weekly with amazing grabs or jukes or sprints or whatever, but only if Vick is not lying on the ground or soon to be lying on the ground.
In the first year of a new five-year, $51 million-dollar contract, Jackson is off to an impressive start to the season and if his quarterback can stay upright for the next eight games he should have another fantastic year.
That's a big "if."
Whether you're an Eagles fan or not, let's hope the Eagles' offensive line can get better. It can't get worse, right?
Because DeSean Jackson, if you can get the ball somewhere in the vicinity of him, is one of the NFL's funnest players to watch.