Fantasy spin: DeSean Jackson

Posted March 14, 2012 @ 9:21 p.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

DeSean Jackson finally saw his payday, signing a five-year, $51 million deal, with $15 million reportedly guaranteed. At only 25 and entering his fifth season, he's in a perfect position to maximize his talent the next few years. His only obstacle is his attitude.

Jackson created a negative locker-room atmosphere that backfired last season as teammates chastised him, fans turned against him and the team even suspended him. I don't believe in players who put themselves above the team and teammates when already under contract. Those players are the ones I believe are likely to drop their elite production once they see their payday. However, in this case, I believe Jackson won't be allowed to slack off, considering his teammates, the coaching staff and the fans will be watching him closely.  

Expectations were high for Jackson in 2011, but he disappointed with 58-961-4 receiving on 104 targets. That's an average of 3.9 catches for 64.1 yards and 0.27 TDs in 15 games, but despite the disappointment, those numbers are not far off his career average. Remember, he's been a starter since entering the NFL and has a per-game average of 3.8 catches for 68.1 yards and 0.35 TDs in 60 games.

He may be overvalued going into the season, especially if the inconsistent QB play from last season rears its head in 2012. Michael Vick's style of play makes him prone to injury. Although Jackson is a valuable receiver, his attitude and true numbers, as opposed to his perceived value, give him some risk on draft day. Understand what you're drafting.

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