Well, it appears that fantasy enthusiasts are not alone in their frustration over Eagles WR DeSean Jackson turning in monster performances one week, and then disappearing the next two or three weeks. Eagles coach Andy Reid apparently applied some tough love to the receiver by calling him out in front of teammates, though the issue appears to be settled now.
Now, this type of thing makes for great fodder for “NFL Total Access” and the hand wringers who fill the phone lines of WIP and The Fanatic in Philadelphia, but let’s not overreact.
The lack of production on the field can be explained. The Eagles were coming off a three-game winning streak and a huge Sunday night win over the Giants the previous week. A letdown against the Bears’ defense is not unexpected. The Bears possess the ability to slow down the Eagles’ vertical game because of excellent safety play and a strong pass rush.
As tempted as you are to bench Jackson because of his apparent attitude problem, though, you simply cannot do it. There are a few reasons why.
Actually, there is only one reason: The Eagles are facing the Texans.
Talk about your miracle cures. No team has given up more points to fantasy receivers than the Texans. Their secondary often looks like it’s made up of those airport workers who waive the orange glowy things. Only instead of guiding planes, they are directing opposing receivers to the end zone.
Plus, receivers who mope are typically rewarded with a ton of attention the following week. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco complained about not getting enough attention, and then QB Carson Palmer looked to him often the following week against the Colts. It’s just the way these things work.
So expect the Eagles to draw up a number of great plays for Jackson to take advantage of the Texans, just like they did against the Redskins after LaRon Landry taunted Jackson before their Monday night game a few weeks back.