DeSean Update

DeSean Jackson signed a big deal with Tampa in the offseason. Expectations were sky high for him and the Bucs. Jameis Winston has a strong arm and Mike Evans draws plenty of double teams.

Jackson is off to a slow start, going 9-143-1 through three games. He was frustrated on Sunday.

 It’s hard to tell exactly what it was that set him off, but if the little sideline tirade that Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jacksonthrew on Sunday was a result of quarterback Jameis Winston’s inability to get the ball to him, coach Dirk Koetter is OK with that.

Jackson came off the field and slammed his helmet and threw his gloves after Winston failed to connect with Jackson on a critical 2-point conversion during the Bucs 25-23 victory over the Giants and Koetter says Jackson has every reason to be frustrated.

“DeSean should be frustrated because DeSean is an elite player in this league and we didn’t get him the ball,’’ Koetter said after Jackson caught just two of the six passes that were thrown to him on the day, gaining a total of just 20 yards.

We tried to get it to him, and I mean, we’ve talked about how Jameis and Cam (Brate) were clicking; how Jameis and Adam (Humphries) were clicking; how Jameis and Mike (Evans) are always clicking. We even got O.J. (Howard) on track today.

 “But with DeSean, we just couldn’t get it to him other than a couple of short ones. We either flat out missed him a couple times or we didn’t see him. So DeSean has every right to be frustrated and we have to get him involved more because he’s a dynamic playmaker.’’

 Jackson dressed quickly and left the Bucs locker room without speaking to reporters, so it’s uncertain if he’s frustrated over the lack of opportunity or because three games into the season he and Winston still haven’t developed a good connection.

It sounds like Winston is really struggling with his deep accuracy. He’s had some deep balls that were way off target. That can frustrate a receiver.

It will be interesting to see if Winston gets better at that during the season or this issue frustrates Jackson the whole year.


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Beau for the Win

Beau Allen is good at football. And Twitter.

Here is his breakdown of Chris Long’s hustle for the strip sack of Philip Rivers.

I really enjoy the chemistry of this team so far.


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Wentz Getting It Done



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Sights and Sounds From the Win Over the Giants

Great job by NFL Films.


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Breaking Down the Kick

Chuck Zodda is a kicking expert and needless to say, he was impressed by Jake Elliott’s winning kick on Sunday.


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Small Ball?

Interesting stat, but also a bit misleading.

The Eagles had a pair of long pass interference penalties that set up 2 of their 3 TDs. You don’t get those penalties if you aren’t throwing the ball down the field. It is true that the team didn’t complete a pass of 20 yards, but they did try to stretch the field a couple of times and it paid off.


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Interesting Reactions

Eagles fans went nuts when Jake Elliott hit his miracle FG to beat the Giants. Here are a couple of notable reactions.

That’s pretty cool.

This is even better.


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The New Kicker

Caleb Sturgis is now on IR, with the ability to return. So meet the new PK.

Better? Not so sure about that. Elliot might have a monster leg, but he misses the long FG in that clip. I tend to trust Dave Fipp when it comes to STs so if he thinks Elliott can be the guy for now, so do I.

Elliott was drafted in the 5th round after a great college career. The Bengals have had PK issues in recent years and hoped he would be The Guy. Instead, he was beaten out by a guy named Randy Bullock. Elliott showed enough promise the Bengals put him on their practice squad and hoped to develop him.

Now he’s an Eagle.

Looks like the team checked out some other PKs before deciding to go with Elliott.


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Praise for the Eagles D

Gregg Rosenthal of wrote about the outstanding defense and poor offense of opening weekend. He focused on the best defenses in the league. The Eagles were one of five teams he singled out.

Philadelphia Eagles: I went into the season believing that Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Tim Jernigan could rival any defensive line trio in the league. Their Week 1 totals: six tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles against the Redskins, including the one returned by Cox for a game-sealing score. (The group will have to be strong enough to hold the team together until No. 1 cornerback Ronald Darby returns from his dislocated ankle.)

Like the other teams on this list, the Eagles have the requisite depth to keep their stars fresh. Each member of the trio above played fewer than 70 percent of their team’s defensive snaps.

Deep, talented and with playmakers at each level…this defense should have a big season.


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The Big Red Tree

Good week for Big Red and his guys.

The Andy Reid coaching family went 5-0 in Week 1, winning by a combined score of 136-59.

That’s Andy Reid, John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson and Sean McDermott.

Impressive group.


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