Desean Jackson's Impact on Patriots MNF
Assuming Aqib Talib returns for the game against the panthers then Desean Jackson should be the biggest talking point. Why is Jackson the main talking point when he doesn't even play for the Panthers? Because it's important to learn from the past. Think back to the Patriots pre season game against the Eagles. Aqib Talib shadowed Desean Jackson and unlike his performances against Julio Jones, Jimmy Graham, and Vincent Jackson Talib was consistently beat in coverage. Desean Jackson beat Talib all over the field and really hampered the Patriot's defense. So why is Desean Jackson important in terms of the Panthers? Agility! You see Talib has had no problem shutting down the tall rangy receivers that oppose him but he does seem to have problems with small quick receivers. Players with immense agility are the only players in this league that give Talib a Problem, and Steve Smith is one of those players. Unlike Jackson, Steve Smith actually plays for the Panthers and could be giving Talib fits this Monday night. When you add in that Talib hasn't played in what seems like forever , Smith could be a game changer come 8:40 on Monday. Leaving Talib on an Island this week in coverage could be the Patriot's biggest mistake if they want to shut down the Panther's offense.