The Linc - Eagles Teammates Weigh In on DeSean Jackson

Rich Schultz

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/28/2014.

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Do DeSean Jackson’s Teammates Want Him Back? - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
Jeremy Maclin has been Jackson's teammate for five years, but he said he has not spoken with his fellow wide receiver since the trade rumors first surfaced. Asked if he wants Jackson back, Maclin said: "I want to win games and obviously DeSean is a very talented player. So I want to win games." Responding to a different question about Jackson, Maclin added: "DeSean’s a great talent. That’s undeniable. As far as everything else, he’s come a long way. He’s matured a lot in the NFL. I think that’s part of the process, but it’s not for me to speak on another man’s behalf. So like I said, whatever happens, that’s what we have to roll with."

Kempski's Corner: Debating DeSean Jackson's future - JimmyK, Philly.com
In this episode of Kempski's Corner, Philly.com's Pat Gallen and Jimmy Kempski discuss the ongoing speculation surrounding DeSean Jackson's future in Philadelphia, and if trading the wide receiver is a smart move.

Big Picture - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
This is a weird time for Eagles fans. The team is coming off a 10-6 season and division title so optimism should be high. But the team didn’t make the kind of splashy moves many wanted in free agency. Then there was the whole DeSean Jackson saga, which still isn’t over. Now we have Evan Mathis and some contract issues. I know there is a weird vibe around the team right now, but I still think there is every reason in the world to be feeling good. No team is going to go through an offseason without some issues popping up. That’s part of the business of football. You shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture.

Manziel still has 'utmost respect for' Chip Kelly - CSN Philly
"Coach Kelly, I remember sitting down in his office at Oregon probably four, five years ago," Manziel said on Thursday. "And obviously it didn't work out for me to go there, but a guy I still have the utmost respect for. I'm glad to see him become where he is today and have success. I wish him nothing but the best."

Cleaning up the Panthers, Cowboys and Chiefs' messes. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier
We have been asking the question for years: when will Jerry Jones' spending come back to haunt him? The answer turned out to be "mid-March, 2014," but that was not 100 percent clear in January and February. Jones is a master of voodoo economics, so $20+ million in cap overages looked like type of thing he could make disappear by paying Tony Romo in deferred gold bullion or something.

Ralph Wilson, age 95, was one of pro football's pioneers. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier
In the first days of the AFL, businessman and naval veteran Ralph Wilson founded a brand-new team in Buffalo. After his passing this week at age 95, Wilson will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, stadium namesake and one of the pioneers of pro football.

No Longer Your Dad’s NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
Shawn Hochuli—the son of Ed—is all but guaranteed to be working on Sundays this fall, just as officiating undergoes a major overhaul ...

NFL Draft 2014: What do you watch when evaluating wide receivers? - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL
If I asked you now to give your list of the top attributes, skills or tools that you look for at the receiver position when evaluating college players for your favorite team, I'm guessing I'll get a pretty varied response. I would also assume that if I asked scouts from different teams to give their takes, I'd get a pretty diverse list as well. The reason for disparity would probably come down to subjective priorities from individual evaluators, in addition to the obvious -- individual schemes within different organizations require different skill sets. Not to mention, there are different positions and roles among receivers -- the X/split end, Z/flanker and slot receivers -- and all require specific attributes.

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