DeSean Jackson has out-of-this-world talent but sometimes he leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the mental aspect of his game.
The Eagles' 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday was a prime example of just how frustrating it can be for the sixth year receiver from Cal. Jackson pulled in nine balls for 193 yards and one touchdown. He was just 17 yards short of his career high of 210 yards set on just four catches on December 12, 2010 against the Dallas Cowboys.
After a game like that, asking for more would be selfish, right? Hardly. Jackson had a 37-yard touchdown nullified due to an illegal formation by rookie right tackle Lane Johnson. Jackson failed to keep his feet in bounds on a throw that sailed a bit from Michael Vick deep down the sidelines - Vick needs to make a better throw but Jackson needs to pull it in.
Two more similar plays were chalked up as missed opportunities. Vick overthrew a streaking Jackson who would've gone for a touchdown. Another throw went off Jackson's finger-tips that was a sure-fire touchdown as well.
Then there was the costly 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Michael Vick's touchdown run that put the Eagles up 27-23. Jackson was thrown to the ground away from the play but the referees caught his retaliation and threw the flag. The penalty was enforced on the kickoff and the Chargers got great field position on the return before fumbling the ball an extra 20 yards forward and recovering at the Eagles 39 yard line. No touchback in the end zone and it ended up leading to a San Diego touchdown a few plays later.
Following the game, Jackson irked some Eagles fans with a post on his Instagram. Jackson wrote "I love my individual stats but its nuthin at the End of the Game with out A 'W'"... I don't know about you but I don't think Larry Fitzgerald or some other highly respected receivers would be saying something like this after a loss, especially after the way the game unfolded. I think a general rule of thumb should be: Don't talk about individual stats on social media no matter how good there are.
I'm not trying to rip Jackson because his overall production has been there this year as two games in, he is already at 42% of his receiving yards all of last season (297 v. 700). Jackson leads all receivers through Week 2 with 297 receiving yards.
He is producing but he hasn't even reached his potential yet. When he starts to put it all together - mentally and physically - watch out! Until then, try not to rip your hair out.
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