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Jackson Stealing the Show Early at Eagles Camp


2008 Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp has officially started. And so far, the star of the show has been the 49th overall Eagles 2nd round selection Desean Jackson. The slight hamstring pull in the OTA’s for Jackson, is a distant memory after a day and a half of the hot Lehigh humidity. Other then the usual McNabb watch, Jackson has stood out on the field.

There seems to be a concentrated effort to get him the ball, and he seems to be delivering so far. This portion of camp is for rookies & selected veterans, and with only 2 dozen players here until the whole team reports on Thursday, Jackson has been getting a lot of work, being 1 of 4 WR’s in attendance.

While most experts & fans expect the rookie WR to do most of his damage this year on Special Teams returning punts, he has received a lot of attention in the offense so far. He has been rotating with fellow rookie Q. Demps at punt returner, who also has shown some skills early in camp, and even had an INT during yesterday’s session. But if you follow the flashes from the fans cameras, Jackson is the focus of everyone’s early attention.

Even Donovan was giving praise, after a impressive catch, to the newest weapon in his arsenal. He is cat quick in & out of his routes and has an knack for finding space within the defense. He is clearly becoming a favorite target for all three quarterbacks in this early portion of camp. He has run all types of routes, mostly from the slot position. Fly routes, curls, slants, flats, – all while still taking reps at punt returner.

There was alot of high praise for Bloom as well, and we all know how that worked out for the team as soon as the hitting started, so it remains to be seen how his small frame will hold up to the NFL pounding. He opened day 1 with a drop on his 1st pass, but has since displayed the athleticism and good hands that could make him the 1st rookie WR to be able to contribute in his 1st year since Reggie Brown set the rookie receptions record in 2005 with 43.

Rookies traditionally struggle in this offense in year 1, but hopefully some of this quality work will translate to the field during the season.

Also, this season, he will grace the cover of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 09, traditionally given to one of the previous season’s most exciting college football players that have moved on to the NFL.

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One Response to “Jackson Stealing the Show Early at Eagles Camp”

  1. Green Dutchman says:

    Awesome article on DJ. I’ve been keeping up on every move this kid makes. So far so good. Maybe it’s too early to say, but DJ could have a D.Bowe year as a rookie. If all 3 QB’s are targeting him from the start, then you know that #10 will be very effective on certain situation. Moving forward, DJ has excellent hands, “Cat speed”, and has the shake n bake moves to be an elite NFL player. 2 thumbs up on this article. Keep up the good work. Mind you, the hitting starts Tomorrow at Lehigh. Go BIRDS.

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