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DeSean Jackson: A Bright Spot On an Injury-Filled Roster

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after he catches a 62-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth quarter during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Joseph MintzerContributor IAugust 21, 2009

"I'm not calling the plays and I'm not scheming anything up, but as many balls come my way, that's as many balls as I'm going to catch." DeSean Jackson

We all heard the great reports from camp that he was beating everyone. Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, and Quintin Mikell couldn't cover him. People were saying he was becoming a #1 receiver. I wasn't sold. That was until yesterday's game.

Against the Colts, McNabb connected with DeSean on a 39-yard touchdown pass. Now I know it's just preseason, but the play just stuck out.

It was how he did it. It looked like he did it with ease. Like burning the Colts defense was nothing. He was incredibly fast, but it looked like he was going for a jog in the park. The catch was made easily.

Last year, DeSean's hands were a concern. That Washington game still haunts me. If you don't remember, late in the fourth McNabb gave DeSean a perfect pass on the side of the endzone and the ball just bounced right off his hands. If DeSean had scored it would have made the score 10-9 and all the Eagles would have had to do is kick the extra point and ...ugh.   

This year DeSean's hands look better.

Well maybe I'm overreacting to a good play, but who knows? Let's hope he catches the amount of passes he says he will.


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