Yes, DeSean Jackson's two biggest games of the 2010 season have come when Michael Vick started at quarterback.
But is it as simple as that? Those were also the two games where the Eagles faced a 4-3 defense. Against Detroit and Jacksonville, Jackson had nine catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns. In the three games vs. the 3-4, Jackson has nine catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns. Coincidence?
This Sunday, the Eagles take on the Falcons. Atlanta runs a 4-3 scheme and leads the NFL with 10 interceptions. Jackson said that the key to success is patience.
"The biggest thing about being a receiver and a big playmaker is it's not going to happen all the time. The more and more you do it, the more focused, the more attention people are going to have on you," Jackson said. "It's just something that I've learned to work with and going out there and being patient. I understand what teams are going to do. As long as we go out there and keep being patient and not trying to rush things, we'll be all right."
Jackson still leads the team with 361 receiving yards at an average of 20.1 yards per reception. He is tied for second on the team with 18 receptions and the two receiving scores. Last week against the 49ers, the Eagles tried a variety of ways to get him the ball. Jackson took a direct snap in the Wildcat. He was fed the ball on a bubble screen. Kolb hit him for a 20-yard gain right down the middle of the field.
In the meantime, Jeremy Maclin has benefited from the attention Jackson receives. And running back LeSean McCoy certainly enjoys that teams have consistently used two deep safeties instead of one in the box.
"It's always good to see your teammates doing good things," Jackson said. "It's not always going to be the same person doing the same things. As long as you have guys that are willing to step up and they can step up and help you out and take pressure off of you, that's always a good thing."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:50 p.m., October 14