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DeSean Jackson might just be right when he says nobody can cover him


DeSean Jackson might just be right when he says nobody can cover him

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. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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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.