Watching last night's game I had a thought. The Eagles should just bench DeSean Jackson or at the very least push him down the depth chart. The reason isn't his contract or a disciplinary thing, it's that his play is so poor that he's hurting the team. Even given how bad they've been, surely the Eagles should still be trying to win games right? And if you're trying to win, you shouldn't have players on the field that are preventing that.
Look at his last month of work. He was benched for the Cardinals game, came back and played well against the Giants but still negated a 50+ yard gain with a dumb penalty, flat out dropped two TD passes against the Patriots and then of course there was last night. Let's take a few samples.
It is almost as if the WR has checked out mentally and we saw examples of that tonight when he ran routes. Remember, this is a receiver that is explosive and should test the top of the secondary every time he takes the field. Instead, we are now talking about a player that isn't treating the game like a pro - NFP's Matt Bowen.
On one play, Jackson ran a post and wasn't the first option. Young scrambled and looked right at No. 10, but the receiver never looked back to his quarterback when it was obvious the play had broken.
NFL Network cameras caught Young afterward talking to Jackson on the sidelines. But he just stared blankly off to the side. - Jeff McLane
But that wasn't all.
NFL Network's sideline reporter also mentioned how Jackson sat alone by himself on the bench for most of the game. There was also the sight of Jackson laughing and joking with Marshawn Lynch and Pete Carroll while Nnamdi Asomugha lay on the field injured. I'm sure his teammate will appreciate that.
It seems like his teammates have started to take notice. Jeff McLane tweeted this from the locker room.
I asked one #Eagles player what was up with DeSean Jackson. His response: "He's f****** around."
So really, what is the point of sending him out there anymore? What value is he adding to the team? There's no possible way you can say that his production makes up for the poor aspects of his game and attitude over the last month. He has just two 100 yard games all year (weeks 1 & 4) and two TDs. Not only are these not the numbers of a guy who deserves top 10 WR money, they really aren't those of a starting WR.
When Jeremy Maclin comes back, he's a starter. Jason Avant is still playing with heart. Riley Cooper wasn't very good last night, but he's trying. He's at least going to look back for the ball when he's running a pattern. Hell, even Chad Hall is at least giving maximum effort.