2014 DRAFT GUIDE
WR Jackson missing in action as Eagles struggle

By ROB MAADDI - AP Pro Football Writer
    2013-10-03 16:21

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - DeSean Jackson went from unstoppable to invisible in two weeks.

The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was off to a remarkable start for the Philadelphia Eagles before defenses suddenly found a way to shut him down. Jackson had 16 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games. Then he followed that up with only five catches for 96 yards and no scores in the next two.

``We're doing things similar to what we did early in the season,'' Jackson said. ``First two games, we had success, but teams study, teams make adjustments and that's where we're at right now. Teams saw what we did, adjusted and did a great job.''

The cornerbacks on the Redskins and Chargers played off Jackson, giving him about an 8-yard cushion at the line of scrimmage. He exploited that coverage, turning short passes into long gains and blowing past defenders for deep receptions.

But the Chiefs and Broncos used press coverage against Jackson, jamming him at the line and disrupting his route. The diminutive Jackson - generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds - isn't the type of wideout who can break away from guys by outmuscling them.

``I don't feel teams are taking me out,'' Jackson said. ``I don't feel I'm being shut down, but the numbers aren't the same. At times it gets frustrating not having the production.''

Jackson faced two top cornerbacks the past two weeks in Kansas City's Brandon Flowers and Denver's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. While some teams double-cover Jackson by rolling a safety over to help the cornerback, pressing him - the way Flowers and Rodgers-Cromartie did - seems more effective.

``I honestly don't feel there's one man that can stop me in this league,'' Jackson said.

The numbers say otherwise.

Getting Jackson back on track will be important for the Eagles (1-3) when they try to snap their three-game losing streak at the New York Giants (0-4) on Sunday. Quarterback Michael Vick spent a big part of the practice week working on ways to get Jackson more involved.

``We just have to find ways to move him around,'' Vick said. ``DeSean is a professional; he understands what it takes to get open and what he needs to do. We all are a work in progress and have to figure out ways to up our game and improve our game. Obviously, it's up to me to get the ball to him and find him in moments where I need him the most. We'll figure that out.

``But the one thing we don't want to do, we don't want to try to force it, we want to let it happen naturally, and it'll happen.''

The Eagles clearly miss Jeremy Maclin, who tore a knee ligament in training camp. Maclin was an excellent route-runner and sure-handed receiver who averaged 65 catches over his first four seasons.

Riley Cooper replaced Maclin in the starting lineup and has just eight receptions for 93 yards. Slot receiver Jason Avant has 12 catches for 146 yards. The trio of tight ends - Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey - were expected to play a major role in coach Chip Kelly's offense, but have combined for 13 receptions.

``Guys have to take pressure off DeSean,'' Vick said. ``We can't rely on DeSean to make every play. We can't rely on DeSean every game to catch a deep ball. This league is tough and you have smart defensive coordinators who gameplan for him. Other guys have to step up and do their jobs and get open, and they will. I'm not worried about the man coverage. I'm not worried about the aspect of us not being able to be effective throughout the game versus man coverage.

``That's going to happen, and we have ways to beat that.''

While Jackson said the Eagles are doing the same things offensively they did earlier in the year, Vick suggested that's not the case.

``The big plays that DeSean made earlier in the season were on different route concepts,'' Vick said. ``We just have to get to doing the things we do naturally, getting the ball out quick and that's all in the game plan and scheme.''

Despite Jackson's declining production, the Eagles are still moving the ball well. They're ranked second in the NFL in total yards (458.8). But they're having a tough time in the red zone and are 12th in points (24.8).

``I still think we're stopping ourselves,'' Kelly said, referring to penalties and turnovers. ``We are not getting stopped by a scheme and we are not getting stopped by a look.''

---

Online: AP NFL site: http://pro32.ap.org/

---

Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP-RobMaaddi

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Dane FletcherMay 27 02:33a

Free-agent LB Dane Fletcher (Buccaneers) has returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract.

Devonta FreemanMay 26 09:53p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Charles SimsMay 26 05:33p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims has a solid chance of beating out RB Doug Martin for Tampa Bay's starting running back gig, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

A.J. JenkinsMay 26 01:02p

Free-agent WR A.J. Jenkins (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, May 26, according to a source. Jenkins was the 30th overall pick by the San [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMay 26 08:43a

Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning [ More ]

A.J. McCarronMay 25 10:37p

Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron (shoulder) is healthy and hoping to push QB Andy Dalton in 2015. 'We wanted him in our building so bad and it happened and [ More ]

Ray McDonaldMay 25 04:42p

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald has been released Monday, May 25, just hours after being arrested for alleged domestic violence and child endangerment.

Adrian PetersonMay 25 02:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Adrian PetersonMay 24 09:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Tom BradyMay 22 04:32p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players [ More ]

Tom BradyMay 22 03:32p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.

Ray RiceMay 22 11:42a

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) could be a consideration for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, speculates The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota. He cites Cowboys owner and general [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMay 22 09:52a

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. [ More ]

William BeattyMay 21 12:02p

Updating previous reports, New York Giants OT William Beatty (chest) underwent successful surgery Thursday, May 21, to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty will need approximately five to six months of recovery time.

Derek CarrMay 20 10:23p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.

Joseph RandleMay 20 09:23p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle is the most likely option to lead the team's running back by committee approach in 2015. Randle has the most experience in the system, [ More ]

William BeattyMay 20 03:53p

Updating previous reports, New York Giants OT William Beatty's (pectoral) torn pectoral will require surgery and Beatty's recovery time is expected to be around five months. Beatty suffered the [ More ]

William BeattyMay 20 03:33p

Updating a previous report, New York Giants OT William Beatty (shoulder) tore his pectoral while lifting weights Wednesday, May 20, according to a source, and will undergo surgery. One [ More ]

Josh HillMay 20 03:23p

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is slated as the starting tight end this season with TE Jimmy Graham now in Seattle. TE Benjamin Watson could give Hill a run for his money, however.

William BeattyMay 20 03:13p

New York Giants OT William Beatty (shoulder) suffered a potentially serious shoulder injury while lifting weights Wednesday, May 20, according to a source. Surgery is a possibility.

Geno SmithMay 20 03:03p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is the starting quarterback and will not see competition in training camp, according to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Tom BradyMay 20 03:03p

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal will not be affected by the team's decision to accept their sanctions. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants to [ More ]

Matt JonesMay 20 02:15p

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones said that he loves the offense and has a chip on his shoulder after not being used properly while in college. 'My college career [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 20 08:53a

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 19 06:13p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

L. WashingtonMay 19 05:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR L'Damian Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 19.

Shayne GrahamMay 19 03:03p

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19. Subsequently, free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.

Joseph BarksdaleMay 19 02:23p

Free-agent OT Joseph Barksdale (Rams) will sign a one-year deal worth $350,000 with the San Diego Chargers, according to a source. The deal also comes with more than $1 million in incentives available.

Tom BradyMay 19 01:43p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying the team will not appeal the discipline levied against them.

Jed CollinsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Tyler CluttsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Lache SeastrunkMay 18 02:42p

Tennessee Titans RB Lache Seastrunk was released Monday, May 18.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group