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'DeSean Jackson: Home Team' Episode 1 recap: It's finally here


'DeSean Jackson: Home Team' Episode 1 recap: It's finally here


After weeks of buildup, anticipation and buzz (not to mention a lot of promotional Instagram posts from the star of it all), "DeSean Jackson: Home Team" finally debuted Tuesday night, and it was absolutely incredible. 

The show, which aired on BET at 8:30 and ran for 30 minutes, will focus on Jackson's life off the field, including the relationship he has with his family and his other non-NFL hobbies. And the premiere certainly did not disappoint.

So whether you missed it (what were you thinking?) or just want to relive it (good call), you're in the right place, because we're here to answer the nine questions everyone is asking after the first episode of the Redskins receiver's new reality show. A lot happened in the debut of "Home Team," and these questions and answers are meant to help you digest it all. Let's dive in.

1) How soon did it take for DeSean to be shown doing something that will probably make Redskins fans mad?

Roughly two minutes. During the show's opening sequence, Jackson was shown both drinking straight from a bottle in a club and driving a very nice sports car at what appeared to be high speeds. While these images are likely to make Redskins fans mad or nervous, though, it's important to remember Jackson is an adult and allowed to enjoy his offseason.

Still, it's safe to say that a bunch of the team's supporters who were hoping the show would reveal that Jackson's offseason is a quiet one filled with days of naps and chess playing weren't happy with the episode's start.

2) What characters, other than DeSean, does the show include?

It looks like the people who will receive a lot of camera time aside from DeSean are his mom and manager Gayle, his sister A'Dreea, his brother Byron, his publicist Denise and his girlfriend Kayla (more on her later). 

3) What storylines are likely to unfold as the show progresses?

Two plot lines that seem like they'll be a main part of the next few weeks are Jackson introducing Kayla to Gayle (something he admitted he's not excited about) and the constant battle his mom and sister fight to try and keep Jackson out of trouble, or as his mom affectionately puts it, "Wrecks himself."

4) Did DeSean address his messy breakup with Philadelphia?

Oh yes, he certainly did.

It became very clear early on in the program that BET's producers aren't intent on putting a filter on Jackson or any other member of the show's cast, so there were a lot of great quotes throughout the premiere's 30 minutes. Most quotes didn't have to do with Jackson's football life, but at one point, he did open up about the way his Philadelphia career ended.

"The Eagles, they tried to blow me up because of where I came from" Jackson said while in a music studio with his friends. "That's cold, bro."

Unfortunately, Chip Kelly wasn't featured in the debut of "Home Team," so he couldn't give his side of the story. Maybe he'll be on next week.

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5) Did he have any other notable quotes?

A few others stood out, but none more than this gem: When Gayle and A'Dreea came into DeSean's studio and interrupted one of his sessions, Jackson was not pleased.

"I was turnt up," he said. "And they tried to turn my level down."

6) Does DeSean like doing chores around the house?

It sure doesn't seem like it. His mom was upset that Jackson had dirty dishes in his sink and hadn't gotten around to fixing a door in his house. Even when you lead the NFL in yards per catch and have blazing speed, there's no escaping a mom's wrath. 

7) What was the most crucial thing that happened in episode one?

It was, without a doubt, DeSean telling Denise that Kayla is pregnant. The secret was revealed right at the show's conclusion, and Jackson is clearly not thrilled with the prospect of having to tell his mom (who has only met Kayla once, DeSean said). 

Jackson is known for using his agility and footwork to get out of tough situations, but even he doesn't want to try and maneuver himself through this scenario. All tremendous programs end on cliffhangers, and in finishing the show after dropping this bomb on the audience, "Home Team" is no different.

8) Did DeSean infringe on any nicknames of past Redskins receivers?

Whether he was aware of it or not, Jackson overstepped his boundaries at one point of "Home Team," and called himself a moniker that belongs to a former Skins wideout.

Redskins Twitter had a mini meltdown when DeSean dubbed himself "The Cowboy Killer," which is a name that was bestowed upon team legend Santana Moss long ago. But this is DeSean's show, and on DeSean's show, DeSean can call himself whatever he wants. 

9) Would the show be better if it was 3 hours instead of only 30 minutes?

Absolutely. BET needs to lengthen the program's length and, if possible, make it a nightly part of America's TV guide. "Home Team" was awesome. Give it an Emmy already. In fact, give it all the Emmy's. 

Will DeSean tell his mom about Kayla's pregnancy? Will Gayle and A'Dreea let the receiver do his own thing, or continue to try and control him? And will the show's star ever get around to doing his dishes? Join us in the same place next week as we review the second episode of "Home Team." Until then, we'll be eagerly awaiting next Tuesday.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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