DeSean Jackson has made more big plays than anyone in the NFL this season - all six of his touchdowns have come from more than 50 yards out. But because Jackson is so explosive, he has also had his fair share of frustrating games in which opposing defenses have made stopping Jackson their number one priority.
"It's just something I have to deal with going through the game," said Jackson, who was held to two receptions for 29 yards last week against the Dallas Cowboys. "Sometimes it happens early on, sometimes it happens later on, but I can definitely tell teams are trying to take me out and do things like that.
"It just shows that a team's respecting you and they're not going to let one man beat them."
Jackson is hoping that won't be the case this week against the San Diego Chargers, because, for the most part, they play with a single-high safety.
"Their defense is a little different from the Cowboys," Jackson said. "They play a single-high safety, but there's no telling honestly. A lot of teams we play, we watch them on film and then when it comes time for us to play, they move two safeties up there."
The Cowboys game was one of two games this season in which Jackson only got two touches on offense. The other was the 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in which Jeremy Maclin took advantage of single coverage for 142 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
"Jeremy definitely knows what he needs to do, play within the offense and stuff like that," Jackson said. "He's definitely a big factor also, if they're double-teaming me, that leaves him in single coverage. Any time it comes his way, he just has to make a big play for us."
Jackson harped on the significance of the upcoming game against the San Diego Chargers.
"It's a big game for us," he said. "We don't want to go 5-4, so, like I said, it's a long trip. We've gone out there once this year and that didn't turn out how we wanted it to turn out. So we're just going to keep plugging away."
Jackson, of course, was referring to the disappointing 13-9 loss against the Oakland Raiders earlier in the season - the Eagles only other trip out west this season.
"Yeah, definitely (the Raiders game is a motivating factor this week), because we lost," Jackson said. "We know we should have definitely won that first one.
"We're not in a panicking mode, but we know we can't really afford to lose too many games."
Jackson also declined to comment on reports that he has changed agents.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:12 p.m., November 12