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DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin Fight At Eagles Training Camp

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27 :  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammates Jeremy Maclin #18 and Jason Avant #81 after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter againt the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on December 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Adam RichardsonContributor IAugust 10, 2010

Another hot day on the Lehigh campus and with the Eagles only days away from their first pre-season game, a scuffle between impact players is not what the team wants to see. However it is what they got as former First-round pick Jeremy Maclin and impact receiver DeSean Jackson got into a heated argument.

The argument continued throughout practice and even as the two walked off the field and was described as “animated”.

Training camp spats are nothing out of the norm. Coaches have even been known to incite player conflict in an effort to push them farther and get more intensity out of their practices. Buddy Ryan was notorious proponent of this tactic.

However, it is rare for player’s on the same side of the ball to go head to head.

Eagles’ fans and staff shouldn’t worry excessively but surely must keep a watchful eye on the actions of DeSean Jackson. He is frustrated at lack of talks between his agent and the Eagles towards a new contract. The typically colorful Jackson has even shut down to the media, having not spoken to the press in over a week.

His spat with Jeremy Maclin could simply be a natural result of two-a-day practices in the August heat, or it could be symptomatic of Jackson’s growing frustration with the Eagles and even possible resentment of the #2 wide receiver. Maclin, who was the Eagles 19th overall pick in last year’s draft, is scheduled to make about $3 million dollars more than Jackson who broke not only NFL records but went to his first Pro Bowl in 2009-10.




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