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DeSean won't put himself in Fitzgerald's class

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07:59 AM ET 08.23 | Now that Larry Fitzgerald has raised the bar on wide receiver deals, eyes are turning to DeSean Jackson. The Eagles wide receiver wants a new contract, [and] held out 11 days from Eagles training camp in the hopes of getting one. He did not. But there is a strong belief that he will get one sometime soon, although negotiations have yet to begin. So does Jackson believe his in the same class as Fitzgerald? "He's been in the league, of course, a longer time than me," Jackson said. ... Over the last three seasons [Fitzgerald has] averaged 93 catches for 1,220 yards, 13.1 yards a catch and 10 receiving TDs. Jackson is entering his fourth season and averaged 57 catches, 1,041 yards, 18.3 yards a catch and 6 TDs over the same span three-year span as Fitzgerald.

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August 23, 2011  08:02 AM ET

He isn't far away.

August 23, 2011  08:02 AM ET

He will never be in Fitzgerald's class. He won't even be in the league as long.

August 23, 2011  08:07 AM ET

Desean spreads the field and if he isn't in the same class as LF then he definitely ISN'T far behind. Very skilled.

August 23, 2011  08:09 AM ET

Desean is a specialty receiver- he is a deep threat that spreads the field. Fitz does it all- he has size, speed and crazy hands. You can send him deep, short, across the middle- in the flat and he can do it all. You send Desean across the middle one time against a defense like the Ravens and he is gone for the season.

August 23, 2011  08:12 AM ET

At least he's realistic.

August 23, 2011  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Desean is a specialty receiver- he is a deep threat that spreads the field. Fitz does it all- he has size, speed and crazy hands. You can send him deep, short, across the middle- in the flat and he can do it all. You send Desean across the middle one time against a defense like the Ravens and he is gone for the season.

Fitz also has class.

August 23, 2011  08:15 AM ET

He is a different type receiver I agree, but he also no only spreads the field, he returns punts and catches screens maybe not go over the middle but alot of your lighter speedy receivers aren't always so gracious to go over the middle. I think he's a highly talented receiver. That's all I'm saying is I believe he's not far from the LF bar.

August 23, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He is a different type receiver I agree, but he also no only spreads the field, he returns punts and catches screens maybe not go over the middle but alot of your lighter speedy receivers aren't always so gracious to go over the middle. I think he's a highly talented receiver. That's all I'm saying is I believe he's not far from the LF bar.

Fitz is too valuable to return punts. Desean is not.

August 23, 2011  08:21 AM ET

DeSean won't put himself in Fitzgerald's class = Nor should he. He hasn't sustained two consecutive 1000 yds seasons since he's been in the league.

August 23, 2011  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He is a different type receiver I agree, but he also no only spreads the field, he returns punts and catches screens maybe not go over the middle but alot of your lighter speedy receivers aren't always so gracious to go over the middle. I think he's a highly talented receiver. That's all I'm saying is I believe he's not far from the LF bar.

Of course he won't go over the middle. He'll be hit so hard he'll be in another state. And as Chico so eloquently put it...he has NO class.

August 23, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Of course he won't go over the middle. He'll be hit so hard he'll be in another state. And as Chico so eloquently put it...he has NO class.

I like to see him run that little reverse too... He falls down as soon as he sees he's about to get tackled.

August 23, 2011  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

DeSean won't put himself in Fitzgerald's class = Nor should he. He hasn't sustained two consecutive 1000 yds seasons since he's been in the league.

My mistake . He has had two consecutive 1000yd seasons ... barely. Still not enough to be placed in Larry's class of receiver.

August 23, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Someone got into daddy's liqueur cabinet.

August 23, 2011  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Someone got into daddy's liqueur cabinet.

LOL.

August 23, 2011  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Desean spreads the field and if he isn't in the same class as LF then he definitely ISN'T far behind. Very skilled.

He isn't that far behind... but Jackson said it himself, Fitz has been in the league longer... therefore deserves the big contract more. Jackson needs to do it another season or two to get the Fitzgerald money.

August 23, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Fitz is the best all-around WR in the league. Jackson isn't even close.

August 23, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Neither are HOFers, so I guess you could put them in the same category using that measuring stick

August 23, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Obviously, DeSean learned from Eli's mistake....

August 23, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Obviously, DeSean learned from Eli's mistake....

now, the question is: Can Eli learn something from this?

 
August 23, 2011  09:14 AM ET

Never, ever use "DeSean" and "class" in the same sentence.

These are terms that do not go together.

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