DeSean Jackson did not make any apologies for missing last week’s OTA practices.
“As far as any critics or anybody else, I don’t play for them and I don’t worry about them,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I live my life to do what I need to do, and I had things that were in important in my life. In regards to anything else, I don’t care about that.”
After missing all three practices at Redskins Park last week, the star wide receiver rejoined his teammates for the voluntary workouts on Tuesday—the first day of the second sessions of OTAs.
“I had personal things I had to do back home,” Jackson said. “I’m a veteran in this league, going into my eighth year. I [communicated] with my head coach. The guys here, they knew about it. I had things I had to do, and was obligated to do, back home in California. But I’m here now and I’m happy to be here with my teammates.”
He added: “As far as my body, my health, I’m in great shape. I very familiar with the offense, the system here. It’s not like I have to relearn something.”
That was apparent midway through practice when Jackson sprinted down the field, blowing past the defensive backs, and hauled in a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins.
“They have lives,” Coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson's absence. “This is a major part of what they do, obviously. We’d love to have everybody here, 100-percent [attendance]. I don’t know how many teams have a 100-percent. But I think we’ve had great participation, overall, from top to bottom of our roster. He had reasons for it. And I trust the fact that when he does come back…that he’s going to be in great shape. He’s a veteran guy. He knows the system. He’s an extremely intelligent person. I would have loved to have had him here. But it’s his choice not to be here. He came back, and he looks like he’s in good shape, didn’t miss a beat.”