The700Level

Are the Redskins pushing DeSean Jackson out?

Are the Redskins pushing DeSean Jackson out?

A DeSean Jackson return to Philadelphia has been a rumor swirling around since the former Eagles wide receiver was noted saying that he would not rule out a return.

A recent Instagram post could be a sign that he may be on his way out of D.C. and back to the City of Brotherly Love. The Redskins released an Instagram post featuring Josh Norman, Trent Williams, Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed and Ryan Kerrigan. But no Jackson? 

2017 season begins now. We are all 0-0. #HTTR

A post shared by Washington Redskins (@redskins) on

The former Eagles wide receiver took notice and commented saying “Forgot bout @OneOfone”, followed by a pair of open-eyed emojis. The Redskins account replied to him saying “We love you @OneOfone.” 

But has Washington lost that ‘loving feeling’ for Jackson?

This past season Jackson had 56 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns. He played in every regular season game besides one and averaged 17.9 yards per catch. 

The Eagles have been looking for a deep threat at receiver. In fact, they have been looking for a threat at the position in general. 

Carson Wentz’s best target at WR, Jordan Matthews only had 804 yards on 73 receptions and three touchdowns. Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Trey Burton combined for 1,084 yards with 5 touchdowns. 

Jackson would be a key addition for Wentz as it would allow him to have a reliable deep threat and will be a better fit as the team’s No.1 WR instead of Matthews. 

Doug Pederson ran Matthews out of that bubble screen far too much last season. An addition of Jackson would create more opportunities with that play since his speed and agility is more suitable.

Joel Embiid: 'I don't think you want to try me'

usa-joel-embiid.jpg
USA Today Images

Joel Embiid: 'I don't think you want to try me'

We've seen it plenty and we love it.

Joel Embiid talking trash and trolling the opposition.

But is he ever concerned with possible payback?

It doesn't sound like he is, and for pretty decent reasons.

Embiid, entertaining us like always, explained those reasons beautifully on ESPN's Tuesday edition of "SC6."

Here was his answer:

Oh, no, I'm not worried about that. If those guys that want to get their feelings hurt, if they're not strong mentally, that's not my fault. I think when it comes down to it, and if we all got to square up, I mean, I'm 7-2 and I'm a big dude. I don't think you want to try me. And I'm African, too, so.

That's the whole point of playing basketball — having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone's ass and just play basketball.

Not sure if Embiid will ever have to square up with an opposing player. He may have to look out for a big dunk when he's protecting the rim or some extra fire from the competition, but it's good to know he's ready to rumble if necessary.

For the video of Embiid on "SC6," you can watch it here, via The Athletic's Rich Hofmann.

Sixers pick up first boring win of the season against Jazz

ap-donovan-mitchell-embiid.jpg

Sixers pick up first boring win of the season against Jazz

There was a time as Sixers fans when being 16 games into the season meant it legitimately felt like there was no chance the team would ever win another game of basketball. Now, we're beating teams at home by a lot because we're better than them, moving to multiple games over .500, and -- as of last night -- even breaking even with our overall scoring differential. Yawn. 

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz last night by a score of 107-86. Joel Embiid had something of an off night (15 points on 7-16 shooting), our shooters couldn't quite get it going (4-15 from deep), but we still won by 21. It wasn't quite a blowout, but it definitely wasn't a nail-biter. It wasn't an upset or a moral loss or a validating triumph. It wasn't anything, really, except a win. 

In it's own way, of course, that makes it the most meaningful W of the season for Philly. It has been a very long time -- maybe since the Doug Collins era -- since the Sixers won a game without it being a referendum on either team. The Sixers simply won because they're a better team with more good players -- especially with the Jazz missing a couple key dudes, though we also beat them in Utah a couple weeks ago without Joel Embiid, so whatever. And the Jazz aren't even the worst team in the league, or really even one of them -- they're just a not-totally-terrible team that the Sixers are still decisively superior to. 

Long have I dreamed of wins like this, to have a game where there was nothing to say in the recap except how there's nothing really to say in the recap. Next time the Sixers pick up another W this casual -- and it probably won't take all that long, either -- I won't even be able to write this column again. I'll probably have to try writing in haiku or cryptogram or something to attempt to make the story interesting. 

And that's fine: After four years of historic losing, we'll trade narratives for Ws any time. You keep it real boring, Sixers.