DeSean Jackson Taking A Leadership RoleBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Thursday, May 24th, 2012
DeSean Jackson showed up for this week’s OTA’s with a new contract and a new attitude to go with it. He’s put the 2011 season, the contract dispute, and the sulking behind him. Jackson wants to be a dependable team leader who is a consistent producer week in and week out for this franchise going forward.
“It’s just good to be able to focus on football a little bit more,” Jackson said. “The first day of OTAs being this week and practice … it’s a good feeling to be out here with the guys and just feels like a new energy.”
“The contract is good, but me being a leader has nothing to do with the contract,” Jackson said. “I just want to set an example out here for the guys. We’ve bonded as a team. I think everybody is really stepping up and being accountable for it.”
The speedy wide receiver knows that this explosive offense will need to lead the way by jumping on team at the start of games, and giving the Philadelphia defense a lead to work with.
“Being a leader honestly”, Jackson said. “Carrying the guys along with me. Stepping up and being accountable — that’s the biggest thing this team needs. Myself, Michael Vick, [Jeremy] Maclin, [LeSean] McCoy, [Brent] Celek, these guys, as far as the offense, it starts there. We have to go out there and help our defense out by keeping them off the field and scoring as many points as possible.”
The former Cal Bear star is talking about the Eagles avoiding turning the ball over and punching the ball into the end zone when they get in the red zone.
“As long as we’re able to lead, ‘Everybody watch us.’ It doesn’t have to be anybody screaming, yelling but as long as we’re out there showing the young guys doing what they need to do, they’ll follow.”
Yesterday, Jackson beat the drum for consistency.
“You can’t just have times of playing well and times of playing terrible,” he said. “We just have to try and figure out what we’re doing and stick with it. That’s our identity. We don’t want to be a team that’s known for its ups and downs. We want a team that’s known for being solid all around, and keeps getting better every day. As long as we keep coming out on this field every day and doing work, I think it’s going to show and rub off on Sundays.”
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