DeSean Jackson: he’s still pretty good at football.
That’s my takeaway after watching these Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice clips posted on Twitter by former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson.
Hesitation release to get the DB to settle for a split 2nd, knock his hand down & stack em: @DeSeanJackson10 pic.twitter.com/odJgqiq3SS— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 14, 2020
Look at this fucking hitch route, same violent outside release with the hesitation showing deep ball then hit the brakes: @DeSeanJackson10 pic.twitter.com/n3tDWB4912— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 14, 2020
That’s certainly no scrub he’s roasting, either. That’s Darius Slay. A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro selection.
Now, do these clips definitively prove that the Slay trade was a big mistake for the Eagles?
Yes, they do. End of article.
Just kidding, obviously. I’d be much more concerned about the pass rush in those videos. They don’t get to Carson Wentz at all. (To be clear: this is a joke because there is no actual pass rush. They do say the best humor is the kind you have to explain like this.)
Seriously, though, it’s encouraging to see Jackson in top form coming off his core muscle injury. The 33-year-old is by-far the Eagles’ most established wide receiver heading into 2020 and he had a great connection with Carson Wentz last summer. It’d be nice to see those two finally flourish together after only really getting four regular season quarters with each other in 2019.
Getting back to Slay, he clearly felt the need to push back on people getting on him for losing these reps. Slay chalked it up to being rusty.
First rep in 8 months now... chill out!! ♂️— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) August 14, 2020
I already kno OG!! I’m talking to these people under this post. https://t.co/zwfdgebQo8— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) August 14, 2020
I have little doubt that Slay is going to win some reps against Jackson as well. It’s entirely possible he did and they just weren’t posted like Jackson’s wins were.
We’ll get to see more of the Jackson versus Slay matchup when padded Eagles training camp practices begin this coming Monday, August 17. That’s the first time media will be allowed to watch the Eagles on the field this year.