Philadelphia Eagles No. 1 WR DeSean Jackson is ready for the Kevin Kolb era to begin. He is excited, re-energized, and looking forward to the 2010 season to start.
In his young career he has already had one Pro Bowl appearance and set the Eagles' record for rookie receiving yards with 912 (also leading the team that year); I thought it was higher than that but I am referencing this from the Eagles' website.
He is also the newest member of the league's elite when it comes to 50-plus yard touchdown receptions, as he tied the single-season record this past season with Devon Hester (2007) and Elroy Hirsch (1951).
He has seen what Kolb is capable of doing in college, when Kolb had Donnie Avery as his wide receiver, and how the two made terrific strides. DeSean is anxious to get his shot with with the University of Houston QB and replicate the twosome's tremendous success while there.
So yes, Jackson believes the Philadelphia Eagles will pick up right where they left off in 2009—and hopefully improve the team's record in the process.
DeSean recently found himself on the cover of The Sporting News and when interviewed by SN's Steve Greenberg, DeSean sounded extremely confident that he and Kolb will be nothing short of "spectacular" in 2010.
Greenberg asked Jackson, "What can Philadelphia fans expect from the Kolb-Jackson connection in coming seasons?"
Jackson, without hesitation, responded:
"It's going to be spectacular. With his talent and hopefully my ability to get him the ball in stride and yards after the catch, those types of things—it will be pretty special. I look forward to being around him and both of us being with this team for a long time."
Let me just throw this in. That last sentence in Jackson's quote is a refreshing statement to me. From following DeSean's Twitter page it was my opinion that once he hit the free agent market he would exit Philly.
I've seen tweets on his page during the Winter months, saying, "This cold is for the birds—in due time my west coast peeps."
At that point I honestly thought Jackson did not want to be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for a lengthy amount of time; but with just that one sentence from his recent SN quote—my outlook on Jackson being an Eagle for years to come immediately changed.
If you're not used to the cold it can mess with you; so that's what I'm inferring his statement is stemming from—being cold sucks!
With the additional threats of Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, Leonard Weaver, and LeSean McCoy among many of the new talents that came in via the draft, Jackson should have himself a fine year.
His touches may drop some in the 2010 season but that could actually benefit him.
If he isn't always the primary target for Kolb it could free Jackson up at the line of scrimmage a little bit more and also force defenders to have wandering eyes—meaning they can't just focus solely on DeSean.
He does need to improve, or at least find a way, to break free of CBs who use press coverage at the line. He struggled mightily in 2010 with those types of defenders, but I'm sure Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg are creating more plays that will allow him to have less struggles in that area.
The longer he remains with the team, the more they will learn about him and his numerous abilities.
I know that many of you reading this will say, "Dan, this is what he should be saying as a football player."
But I have a feeling that with a more accurate QB and true pocket passer, which is what a West Coast Offense thrives on, combined with the many other talents on the roster, Action Jackson will be in full force once the season starts.
Until then, let's all appreciate the positive mentality he is bringing to this young roster!
Keep the faith Eagledelphians!