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DeSean Jackson downplays chance to clinch NFC East in Philadelphia


DeSean Jackson downplays chance to clinch NFC East in Philadelphia

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.”

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.