He just looks different. You don’t have to watch DeSean Jackson very long to tell.
Physically, yeah, he looks different. A little bigger, a little more defined, maybe even a little faster now that he’s healthy again.
Then watch him practice. This is no longer the kid out of Cal who had so much natural talent he could afford to take a shortcut here and there on the practice field. This is no longer the kid out of Cal who relied only on his pure speed to define his game.
Watch Jackson this whole summer, and you realize there’s a new aura about him, a new vibe. Somehow, he’s now one of the most senior players on the roster, and there’s a seriousness about his game now, a work ethic and veteran approach that wasn’t always present in the past.
Jackson has drawn praise all camp as the Eagles best player. He caught a 54-yard bomb from Michael Vick for a TD against the Pats on Friday night. We rank him as a WR3, 27th on our list. He's always struggled to put up consistent fantasy production, but he's looking more and more like a nice value pick in Chip Kelly's offense in the middle rounds.