DeSean Jackson is settling back into the Eagles' nest

Ed Benkin
May 29, 2019 - 1:07 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It seemed destined to happen one day.

After being released by the Eagles following the 2013 season, DeSean Jackson began adjusting to being away from a team he never wanted to leave.  

Jackson was released by Chip Kelly in one of the many puzzling moves made by the former Eagles head coach.  

With Kelly now long gone and the Eagles enjoying life under Howie Roseman again, speculation of a reunion always seemed to swirl around Jackson. After stints in Washington and Tampa, the Eagles finally brought Jackson back to Philadelphia during the off-season.

"It is just a little different," said Jackson. "There are some similar faces, and (Vinny) Curry was with me last year in Tampa. It was weird at first, but now I'm kind of getting back into the midst of things. The city's a little different, so I'm just trying to get acclimated with everything, fit in, and just do what I need to do to help."

It will likely not take long for Jackson to settle back into the area while also settling into the Eagles offense. The team kicked off another round of OTAs on Tuesday, and Jackson was once again working with quarterback Carson Wentz.

For Jackson, the opportunity to play with a healthy Wentz was another one of the many reasons he is happy to be back with the Eagles.

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"He's a good, young kid," Jackson said. "He's very smart, very intelligent. At first, he wasn't back to full speed. Now, he's back to full speed and he's out there throwing. I'm just excited to be out there practicing with him and going with these guys."

Jackson was rumored to have had issues off the field during his first tour of duty with the Eagles, and some also questioned his work habits during his early years. However, the coaching staff has had high praise for Jackson's work ethic during the off-season workouts.  

Offensive coordinator Mike Groh is happy to have the speedy receiver as part of his offensive arsenal.

"He's been a joy to be around," said Groh. "Excited that he's here. It really makes our job that much easier because he is here and we're able to get more familiar with his game and to see, 'OK, let's put him in this spot or move him over there.  Let's take a look at this now when it's May as opposed to trying to figure out in training camp or pre-season.' "

If Jackson and Wentz are able to put their recent injury histories behind them, both could be part of a team that has potential to be one of the top offenses in the NFL. The Eagles also seem to have little concern about anything bad happening off the field for Jackson, as a more mature wide receiver is ready to set an example this season.

"I've just really been able to mature," Jackson added. "When I was here, I was young. Leaving and kind of really stepping up and being a pro and taking my job seriously ... it took time to grow and just to learn and be where I'm at now. I've seen a lot and been through a lot. I have a lot to give back to the younger guys."