DeSean Jackson had every opportunity to provide the Eagles with some bulletin board material. But the Redskins wide receiver declined. Instead, he took the high road when discussing Saturday night’s critical meeting against the team that unceremoniously dispatched him in 2014.
“It’s just another game,” Jackson said. “I’m excited about it, highly anticipate it. But I’m not going to make it more than it is. We have a game…to go win, and that’s all that really matters. Regardless what team it is, and the name on the jersey, we don’t really care about that. We have a game to go win. It’s must-win for us.”
Jackson has faced the Eagles twice since leaving Philly. He’s also been an opponent at Lincoln Financial Field once. But this time is different for an obvious reason: If the Redskins win, they’ll clinch the NFC East and earn a home playoff game. A victory would also likely give Jackson some personal satisfaction given the way his tenure in Philadelphia ended.
On Wednesday, though, he was in no mood to rehash the past or provide much insight into his feelings.
“It’s part of history,” Jackson said. “It’s something that just happened…I’m happy to be here in Washington and I’m not looking back. It’s in the past and it’s over and done with and I’m happy where I’m at now. So, I’m blessed to say I have a job and I’m still playing at a high level. Anything else, it doesn’t matter.”
Indeed, Jackson is playing as well as he has since arriving in Washington. He’s reeled in four touchdown passes the past five games, and is coming off a six-catch, 153-yard performance against Buffalo.
Jackson has also produced a couple of his best performances against the Eagles. In fact, in two prior meetings (he missed one due to injury), he has a total of nine receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown.
“It’s not the first time I’ve played them, and it probably won’t be the last, either,” Jackson added, asked if he'll need to take any additional steps to keep his emotions in check. “…I’m definitely excited about the opportunity we have to go back in Philly and play in front of a lot of fans that—some like me and some probably don’t, whatever. It’s a game, and in this locker room, in this organization we know we need to do something that we haven’t been able to do in three, four years. So, we just want to take care of the opportunity that’s at hand, that’s at stake right now, which is win a football game.”
“Regardless of anything else, like I said, I’m not going to let it be bigger than what it is,” he added. “We need a win. …Hopefully, everything stays cordial and everything goes good and we play a good [hard fought] battle and win the game. That’s what really matters.”