If Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson wants to hear good news, it’s that the 2020 calendar year is quickly approaching its end.
Jackson, the Eagles’ oft-criticized receiver, has had a year to forget. Jackson has dealt with everything from a controversy involving anti-Jewish posts to various injuries limiting him from seeing the field.
Things could be on the uptick for Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles. That is, at least, if Jackson’s recent song, “Just Ball” foreshadows what he and the team will do to close the regular season.
DeSean Jackson is having a nightmarish 2020
There is a case to be made that of every active NFL player, DeSean Jackson has had the worst 2020 calendar year.
Some of Jackson’s damage has been self-inflicted, though. One can’t blame Jackson for missing most of the 2019 season and the Eagles’ lone playoff game, an NFC wild-card round loss to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, with an abdomen injury.
Then came July’s controversy involving Jackson and an anti-Jewish post on Instagram. Jackson posted an image of a quote mistakenly attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram.
The quote addressed “white Jews” and Hitler saying Jewish people would “blackmail [and] extort America.”
Jackson later apologized for his comments.
Jackson and New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, intend to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture at some point.
On the field, Jackson caught 10 passes for 121 yards through his first three games this season.
In a Week 3 tie against Joe Burrow and the Bengals, however, Jackson left the game with a hamstring strain and missed a Week 4 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
DeSean Jackson could return to the field in Week 5
If the Philadelphia Eagles have any hopes of winning the NFC East Division in a year where seven wins may just do that, the team needs a healthy DeSean Jackson.
Philadelphia received good news ahead of a Week 5 matchup with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jackson was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, October 7.
Jackson should be considered questionable for Week 5.
Given the other injuries to Philadelphia’s receiving core, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Jackson and the Eagles try to get him on the field, even if it’s in a limited capacity.
Jackson should hope his ‘Just Ball’ song acts as foreshadowing
Yankees legend Babe Ruth called his shot with a bat. DeSean Jackson may have just done the same with a microphone.
On October 2, Jackson released an album, “Against All Odds.” The rap album contains a single called “Just Ball.”
In the expletive-filled track, which debuted on WorldStarHipHop‘s official YouTube page, Jackson calls himself a “playmaker” and says, “Ballin’ in the game is where they catch me at.”
Of course, Jackson has played in just six games since the 2019 season opened, but his point is understood.
Jackson also raps, “It’s touchdown, it’s touchdown, watch me go up.” Philadelphia would surely be pleased if Jackson returns to his playmaking ways and catches touchdown after touchdown.
Who knows? If Philadelphia wins a second Lombardi Trophy in four seasons, maybe Jackson can rap “Just Ball” at the Super Bowl parade.