Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had a trouble filled 2011 season. The speedy receiver says that he is prepared to enter the 2012 campaign stress-free and ready to get back on the field. Jackson’s new contract was one of the things the Eagles franchise addressed this offseason, he was inked to a five-year $47 million dollar contract with $15 million guaranteed.
Jackson suffered an offseason in 2011, not reaching 1,000 yards receiving and only scored four touchdowns. His lack of production cannot be placed squarely on Jackson’s shoulders. The Eagles struggled at the quarterback position, with Michael Vick being lost for several games and Vince Young playing poorly in his absence. Jackson’s attitude was an issue though in 2011. He was deactivated for one game and benched during another. The frustrations of his contract status coupled with the struggles the Eagles suffered boiled over.
Jackson revealed to reporters that he feels completely different heading into this season. “It was a tough year for myself, had a lot of struggles, had a lot of things that just took me off my game and my focus. This year, a lot of that has just been removed, and I’m able to focus and be comfortable and be confident that I’m at a place where I’m wanted. I just really want to be able to bring a championship to the city”, said Jackson.
Jackson might say that he feels like “100 pounds of stress relieved off my shoulders”, but the team better hope that now that he’s been paid, that he competes at the level he is capable of.