DeSean Jackson thinks nobody can cover him, not even great corners like Darrell Revis and Richard Sherman. Looking at some recent numbers, Jackson might be right.
The topic came up at Redskins training camp when a reporter asked Jackson about his matchups with newly acquired cornerback Chris Culliver. This was not just Jackson boasting, it was a measured response to a relevant question (Full video above).
"As far as what challenges me, I don’t really get caught up into any of that type of stuff," Jackson said. "It’s just how I feel about myself. I don’t feel no one could stop me. You could go get Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, whoever you want to get."
In the last two seasons, Jackson has faced both Sherman and Revis. In those two games, the numbers look like the Redskins speedster was playing against a Big 12 defense.
- October 13, 2013 - Eagles vs Tampa Bay Bucs - While Revis spent one season in Tampa, Jackson went off against the Bucs in a 31-20 road win. D-Jax final line: 6 catches for 64 yards and 2 TDs.
- October 6, 2014 - Redskins vs Seattle Seahawks - Sure the Redskins lost their Monday night game against the Seahawks, but it was despite a monster effort from Jackson. Catching passes from Kirk Cousins, Jackson had a huge game, putting up video game numbers against the Seahawks vaunted secondary of Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. D-Jax final line: 5 catches for 157 yards and 1 TD.
Jackson's efforts against Seattle even brought out praise from Sherman after the game.
"He's going to get a couple, he's a a Pro Bowl receiver," Sherman said of Jackson. "We didn't allow anybody else to get much."
On one deep completion, it appeared Jackson beat Sherman outright and television cameras caught Sherman complaining after the long TD grab. The corner later explained the error wasn't his but rather a bad coverage.
"It was a bad call for the play that they ran. Our coordinator tried to get exotic and they had the perfect play for it," Sherman said. "They ran the perfect play."
Receivers are supposed to be cocky, even bombastic. At first glimpse, Jackson's comments seem just that. But after looking at the most recent games against Revis and Sherman, Jackson has a point.