DeSean Jackson Should Start Seeing Fewer Snaps

Written By Bob Cunningham On Monday, November 29, 2010

Jackson was playing scared with or without the ball.



I'm not sure about everyone else, but I've officially had enough of DeSean Jackson's diva act. The way he short-armed that pass in the endzone was the last straw for me. Had he just reached up, caught the ball and taken the hit, Mike Vick's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Brent Celek would have put them two points down from forcing overtime.

Instead, it gave them a lousy five-point deficit and forced them to go for the onside kick -- an action proved futile more often than not.

But it wasn't even just the alligator arms. He was clearly afraid of getting hit on punt returns as well. Yes, he had a nice return, but had he kick inside on the sideline he could have at least gotten five to ten more yards and maybe even taken it all the way.

Then on his next return, he just danced a little to make it look good and fell over. Granted, there wasn't a lot of space, but he could have gotten something.

And it doesn't even end there.

He was apparently chewed out by head coach Andy Reid for what Reid perceived as a "loose" attitude during pre-game workouts. Reid felt that Jackson didn't take them seriously and, according to reports, was more agitated than he'd even been after a loss.

I've also heard the word "immature" was tossed around a couple times.

Then Michael Vick gave him a more loving earful, but an earful nonetheless. Jackson was doing his best to ignore Vick and had reportedly snapped at him during and after the game.

Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy attempted to talk to Jackson as well, but he was uninterested and left the locker room without talking to reporters.

Vick's problem with Jackson had more to do with during the game than before it. Anyone watching could see that Jackson was going half-speed and clearly had gotten frustrated at the double coverage he was receiving and just gave up.

He wasn't coming back to the ball when Vick was in trouble, he wasn't running his routes as hard as he could to get open or, at the very least, run a couple defenders off the other guys, and he showed a clear fear of contact when given the opportunity.

To me, that says it's time for him to lose some snaps. Maybe if he sees Riley Cooper and Jason Avant taking some of his time, he'll wake up and realize he and the team have won nothing as of right now.

He's got an attitude like he's the best receiver in the game when in all reality I'm not sure he cracks the top five and I might be able to think of 10 receivers I'd take instead of him. When he's pulling stunts like this, I'm positive I could think of 10-15 guys I'd rather have.

It's time to humble him a little bit. If he thinks he doesn't have to run his routes, then don't make him. He can watch someone else do it. And if he's truly that gun-shy after his concussions, then he doesn't belong on the field anyway because he's a liability to the team and his own safety.

This team has won the games they have because they've played as a team. If a backup was playing better than the starter, that guy played and the other guy shut his mouth and accepted his role.

Maybe it's time for Jackson to shut up and accept a role.

Ideally it wouldn't have to last for very long before it woke him up and he started playing up to his potential again, but for now he's just not a guy the team needs to deal with.


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