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Jackson hit piece lacking in specifics

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Jackson hit piece lacking in specifics

We’ve been waiting for it and on Friday we got it—a gloves-off bashing of DeSean Jackson emanating from the so-called City of Brotherly Love.

A CBS Philly post quotes a number of “sources close to and around” the Eagles in a takedown of Jackson in painting a picture of him as an all-round bad guy and disruptive figure.

“You see little kids and how they cry and whine when they don’t get their way, that was D-Jax,” one source is quoted as saying. “I don’t think [Jackson] gave [head coach Chip Kelly] the respect he deserved. Kelly tried to reach [Jackson] plenty of times and [Jackson] tuned him out.”

Feel free to go read it but it’s several hundred words of more of the same.

It should be familiar to those who follow the Redskins as it bears a strong resemblance to some of the reports that were circulating about Robert Griffin III towards the end of last year. It paints a one-sided picture of a bad person and a bad teammate. And it does so with a noticeable lack of specific incidents, dates, and, other than Kelly, the people Jackson supposedly interacted with. The sources are just emptying the garbage out of the can and dumping it on the leftover Eagles No. 10 jerseys.

At least with the Griffin reports there were reasons for the sources to stay anonymous since Griffin was still with the team. Why do the sources for the post about Jackson need to stay anonymous? He’s gone, signed with a division rival. Why not put your name to what you say?

The article states that some of the sources are players. But who are the others? There are a lot of people “around” an NFL team—coaches, equipment managers, scouts, ad sales reps. Some of them would have firsthand knowledge of how Jackson acted while others would rely on gossip and hearsay. By choosing to be vague about who his sources are the writer makes it very difficult to determine their credibility.

If you have any doubt that the purpose here is to try to rehab Kelly's image after his controversial decision, look no further than this one quote from the writer of the article: “Kelly received some culpability in the opinion of some. But numerous sources confirmed that [Kelly] should have been canonized St. Chip after putting up with the instigating Jackson in 2013.”

Nowhere in the article is Kelly’s “culpability” detailed in any way. That wasn’t on the agenda here. The agenda was to trash Jackson and put Kelly on a pedestal.

Look, there is plenty of evidence that Jackson is very high maintenance as an employee and perhaps not the ideal teammate in every respect. We didn’t need this article to know that.

But if we got a vaguely sourced story that focuses exclusively on the negative with no examination of the other side of the story about, say, Mister Rogers, we could end up concluding that the only difference between him and Hannibal Lecter is the cardigan sweater.

To some this article will serve as an exposé, a picture of the real DeSean Jackson. Others will look at it like the Eagles organization justifying a decision that could well come back to bite them badly.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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