The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles rivalry is as intense as any NFL rivalry. Both Giants and Eagles fans have witnessed some unbelievable moments between these franchises. DeSean Jackson has contributed some incredible moments with his high speed and deep route running skills. The most notable play being the “Miracle at the New Meadowlands” in 2010. Jackson returned a 65 yard punt for the game winning touchdown.
But that’s all in the past, as DeSean Jackson is no longer an Eagle. The team released Jackson on March 28 for multiple off the field reasons.
Jackson has been connected to multiple off the field issues according to NJ.com such as criminals, drugs, robberies, and failure to show up on time for team meetings. Many people even have reason to believe that Jackson has “connections” to Los Angeles gangs. Jackson has had his brushes with management before over salary and starting quarterback, but this goes way beyond that. Former Eagles head coach, Andy Reid may have been lenient, but current coach Chip Kelly has made his presence known.
The Giants know Jackson is a top tier deep threat in the NFL, regardless of who’s throwing to him. The Giants have spent a great deal thus far on improving their secondary with him in mind. Will the Giants make a run at possibly signing Jackson? Most likely not. He will come at a very high asking price and the Giants (led by Tom Coughlin) won’t put up with his attitude.
Was Jackson a “distraction” in Philadelphia with his off the field lifestyle? Possibly. However it should be mentioned that the Eagles have made the playoffs four of the six seasons with Jackson on the team. It certainly doesn’t appear as if Jackson’s way of life had any negative impact on the field.
The Giants will still face a heavy passing attack in Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys and a possible threat in the Washington Redskins. With Jackson out of the NFC East (as of March 29) the Giants will face an unproven Nick Foles twice a year. The Eagles recently signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was knocked out of a preseason game by the Giants the last they face off and missed the entire season.
It appears as if the race for the NFC East division may have got easier, but will still be difficult for the Giants.