Wide Receiver Desean Jackson continues to show you why he should get a new contract from the Eagles with his performances week in and week out. The NFL announced Wednesday that Jackson will be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14 after his magnificent performance in Sunday’s 30-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It is the second time the receiver has been honored with the award.
Jackson recorded 210 receiving yards on just four catches including a 91 yard game winning touchdown. That is good for third highest receiving game in franchise history only behind Eagles’ Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald (237 yds) in 1961 and Kevin Curtis (221 yds) in 2007 against the Detroit Lions.
The third year wide receiver becomes the third different Eagle to receive the award this season, joining QB Kevin Kolb (for his three touchdown performance over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6) and QB Michael Vick, who earned the award back-to-back weeks in November (for his performances over the Colts in Week 9 and Redskins in Week 10).
CB Asante Samuel returned to practice on Wednesday after missing three games due to a knee injury he suffered Week 11 against the Giants. This secondary has been getting exposed by offenses during Samuel’s absense. CB Trevard Lindley and CB Joselio Hanson have filled in for the injured corner and have struggled. The Eagles have given up eight touchdown passes in the last three games.
It looks like Samuel will be ready to go in this time around, when the Eagles travel to the new Meadowlands to take on the Giants in a game that could decide the NFC East.
RT Winston Justice also returned to the practice field on Wednesday. Justice missed Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys with a knee injury. Tackle King Dunlap started for the injured Justice and played decent but struggled at times. Justice also looks like he could be a go for Sunday’s NFC East showdown. Said coach Andy Reid: “[Samuel and Justice] both feel pretty good.”
WR Desean Jackson missed practiced Wednesday with a foot sprain he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys. But it isn’t anything serious according to Reid. “It’s a day-to-day thing,” the coach said. “So I think he is going to be okay, but we’ll see how it goes here.”