Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiverDeSean Jackson
(10) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Today is a day to celebrate in Giants Nation, because one of the most deadly receivers in the game just left the division. That’s right, earlier today it was announced via Twitter that the Eagles have released star receiver DeSean Jackson.
The best receiver in the division behind Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson is a nightmare for any opposing secondary to cover simply because of how fast and elusive he is.
The release was in the wake of reported gang affiliation that was spread via nj.com. While Jackson refutes this claim, there were other reasons he was released, including not attending meetings, being a bad locker room presence and not showing effort.
Whether these claims are true remains to be seen, but one thing for sure — Jackson is not part of a gang. Monte Poole spent some time with him a while back and visited San Quentin prison with him to see some old friends. Like many NFL players, Jackson grew up in with culture of gangs around him and saw first hand all the life complications they caused to some of the most important people around him.
His relationship with the gang culture and previous relationships is complicated to say the least, but it has been known that Jackson lives and breathes the game of football 7 days a week. Any team that nabs him will instantly have one of the best receivers in the game and will add explosiveness to the offense, let’s just hope the team that adds him is not in the NFC East.
The Giants do not have the money or need to spend on D-Jax, but they can sleep a little more quietly at night knowing that one of the biggest playmakers in their division is now gone… at least for the time being.