Eagles training is underway in South Philly, but familiar sights and sounds - fans wedging into every available part of the sideline grass at the NovaCare Complex; shouts from children to their favorite players - are unfortunately missing.
Wideout DeSean Jackson is trying to remedy those missed moments, at least a little.
The 13th-year wide receiver posted on his Instagram on Tuesday afternoon, a public service to all Eagles fans who wish they could be chatting him up in person:
You can still get your No. 10 midnight green jersey signed. You'll just have to send it away for a few days.
Jackson will autograph and return any memorabilia fans send to the Eagles' facility, he said, in an attempt to "keep [his] fans engaged and energized":
Here's the address:
Attn: DeSean Jackson
1 Novacare Way North Dock
Philadelphia, PA 19145
As an extra bonus, Jackson noted in a comment on the post that people can also send in memorabilia from Cal, to honor Jackson's college days.
It's a really cool move from Jackson to try and reach out to the fanbase, recongizing that training camp is a huge part of Eagles fans' calendar every year. What might feel trivial to some is a cool way for fans to build a personal bond with the players they spend all fall and winter rooting for, and not having those interactions is a huge bummer.
I have a feeling we'll see a bunch of replacement measures - from players and organizations - throughout the season to try and keep football fans engaged from home.
The Eagles are scheduled to open the season Sept. 13 at Washington.