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Jackson Quickly Becoming Elite WR

There are few certainties in the topsy-turvy National Football League, but when it comes to the Eagles, one thing's for sure.

When DeSean Jackson gets in the open field, no one is catching him from behind.

Jackson exhibited his freakish speed in the Eagles' 34-14 win over the Chiefs when he caught a Kevin Kolb pass over the middle, quickly turned up-field, beat one defender, and raced all the way to the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown catch and run.

"They played man coverage and all week in practice we had a lot of confidence in that play," Jackson said of the touchdown. "I just gave (my defender) a real good stick and came across his face and Kolb put the ball on my back hip so I was able to spin out of it and from there I just saw the goal line.

"I saw nothing but green grass and the end zone. Knowing that, I looked up on the big screen and saw those red jerseys behind me. I really don't like to get caught from behind so I just put on the burners."

Jackson finished the day with six catches and a career-high 149 receiving yards.

"We executed," Jackson said. "I knew this was a big, important game for us. We couldn't afford to lose this game going into a bye week, so we put all that together, came out there and made plays."

Jackson was listed as questionable heading into Sunday's game with a groin strain, but he said he felt fine during the game.

"I'm feeling good right now," Jackson said. "I was able to get a shot before the game to make some of that pain go away. So pain wasn't a factor today and I was able to go out there and produce like I needed to. And that was the only way I was going to play, I felt there was no point in playing if I wasn't capable of doing the things I'm capable of doing as a receiver."

Jackson has had a impressive start to the season, scoring a touchdown in all three games. Although he is starting to be recognized as one of the game's elite wide receivers, Jackson said he will continue to work hard every day.

"Being an elite receiver, you definitely have to hold yourself to a higher standard," he said. "It doesn't make or break me because honestly at the end of the day I still have to put in my work."

Jackson also impressed the fans at Lincoln Financial Field with a front flip as he crossed the end zone, landing in a sprawling split position.

"I played baseball so I know how to slide correctly," Jackson joked. "Definitely playing the game with a lot of passion and having fun, and I'm never going to take that away from my game."

Eagles' fans wouldn't want it any other way.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 6:49 p.m., September 27

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