Sep 16, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Eagles are almost spoiled with two of the most talented and electrifying offensive weapons in the game in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Throw in the speed and cannon of Mike Vick and it makes for the chance of excitement every time the Birds have the ball.
But when they need a big play to get back in a game, the chorus from the armchair QBs at home is always the same: send DeSean deep.
Everybody wants to see that.
He really is remarkable to watch at times. When Djacc turns on the jets it seems like nobody in the game can stick with him. But as yesterday’s game showed, even when DeSean beats a guy deep on a regular basis, getting the ball cleanly from Vick’s hands to No. 10′s is not always as easy as it may look.
DeSean dropped one deep ball that seemingly went right through his hands and found himself out of bounds when he caught another. Both incredibly frustrating to watch.
They later connected for a 61-yard score, which makes up a lot for earlier errors, but never entirely.
Those two screw ups aside though, it was a dumb penalty that really got the anti-Djacc blood flowing. It was on the Birds’ final touchdown of the day that Jackson really cost his team.
If you didn’t get a good look at the boneheaded penalty Jackson was called for on Vick’s touchdown run to put them up 27-23 in the fourth, Ray Diddy gives a good description of it in the below video. Basically, DeSean got into it way away from the ball unnecessarily with a Chargers defender and cost his team 15-yards on the kickoff which basically turned into a net 40-yard swing that lead to the Chargers taking the lead for good.
He’s a polarizing player, that’s for sure. He leads the league in receiving yards after just two games and put up big numbers on Sunday. He found the endzone once for a huge score but as we stated, had his share of mistakes as well.
By all accounts, DeSean is a new player this year, putting the past contract squabble and lackadaisical play behind him. He’s poised for a Pro Bowl type season.
Obviously, the defense earns the bulk of the blame for yesterday’s loss. Djacc made some great plays for the Birds on Sunday and they probably wouldn’t have been in the game without him. Still, if DeSean doesn’t get that flag or maybe makes one of those earlier catches and the game could have very easily gone in his favor.
He shared the below photo on Instagram which points out that no individual stats matter when the Eagles don’t get the ‘W’ … but hey, look at my individual stats anyway.
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