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DeSean Jackson focused on Redskins playoff hopes, but 'definitely intrigued' for free agency

DeSean Jackson focused on Redskins playoff hopes, but 'definitely intrigued' for free agency

The demise of DeSean Jackson was greatly exaggerated.

Halfway through the Redskins season, the receiver was in the middle of a down season, on track for statistical lows in multiple categories. 

With Week 17 approaching, that narrative is long over.

Jackson is on pace for his third 1,000 yard receiving season in four years, his yards-per-catch will likely finish in the top half of his career, and in his last three games the wideout has gone for 15 catches for 327 yards and a touchdown. 

The recent run of dominant play has again raised Jackson's league-wide profile, and it's come at the perfect time. Free agency beckons for Jackson.

"I'm focused on winning the game, trying to make a push into the playoffs," Jackson said Wednesday. "I’m focused on being a Redskin and finishing strong and once free agency comes, we’ll see how it plays out."

Jackson was asked specifically about rumors linking him to the Eagles, the team that drafted him and where he played the first six seasons of his career. 

"Nothing to really say. People say what they want to say or make comments and just carry on conversations," he said on the possibility of going back to Philadelphia.

The only team Jackson did mention was Washington — and he made it clear he's enjoyed playing for the Redskins and wants to stay, but at the same time, picking his landing spot will be important. 

"First time in my career I’m going to be able to hit the free agent market, so I’m definitely intrigued about seeing what’s going to happen, test the market and see what’s going on. Who knows what happens. Hopefully I’m still here, but you never know how it plays out."

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Should the Redskins lose this weekend, the season ends. That means it could be Jackson's last game in a Washington uniform.

"You really try not to get caught up in that. It’s been a great three years. I’ve had a great time here in Washington. I love the city. A lot of great times, a lot of great memories. So as far as me thinking about my time being here, if it can be my last (game), I don’t really look at it like that. We’ll see how it plays out."

Options remain to keep Jackson dressed in Burgundy and Gold. The first, and perhaps easiest, is for the 'Skins to win on Sunday and make the playoffs. The second, costlier option will be to re-sign Jackson once free agency hits. 

The question remains if the Giants will play their starters this Sunday at FedEx Field, or rest their players as New York has already clinched a playoff spot. 

"I want their best shot," Jackson said. "Hopefully we’ll be able to get into one of those great battles. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to the end, but even if it does, hopefully we’re able to do everything we can to win the game."

Beat the Giants, and fans get at least one more chance to watch Jackson wearing the Redskins jersey this season, and perhaps more. 

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Amari Cooper calls Week 2 score against Redskins the 'easiest TD I've ever had'

Amari Cooper calls Week 2 score against Redskins the 'easiest TD I've ever had'

The Redskins defense performed poorly against the Cowboys, but the plan wasn't to give up the easiest touchdown of Amari Cooper's career. 

Still, according to Cooper, that's what happened.

Early in the third quarter of Washington's 31-21 loss to Dallas last Sunday, Cooper grabbed a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Dak Prescott. The play capped off a nine-play, 75-yard drive for Dallas, and while the catch didn't look hard and Cooper only needed to make one man miss before he scored, it didn't seem quite as easy as the former Alabama star described it either. 

"Boy, that was the the easiest touchdown I've ever had," Cooper said. "I had space. [Defender] wasn't over there."

"I'll take it."

Cooper's comments came from a Cowboys produced video on Twitter with players and coaches mic'd up. You can watch the full video below; Cooper's comments come at about the 3:10 mark.

Whether it was Cooper's easiest score ever or not is debatable, but it does underline an issue for the Redskins secondary through two games: blown coverages. 

The players and coaches have talked about communication issues to open the season, and fans tend to focus on deep pass plays as the prime examples in those situations. 

On Cooper's TD, it seems miscommunication struck the Redskins secondary yet again. 

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Cole Holcomb and Mitchell Trubisky were college roommates. On Monday, they'll be NFL opponents

Cole Holcomb and Mitchell Trubisky were college roommates. On Monday, they'll be NFL opponents

Stopping Mitchell Trubisky on Monday night will be very key for the Redskins in Week 3. Luckily for them, they've got one defender who knows the Bears quarterback quite well.

Rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb, who seized a starting job in the season opener and who's been a major contributor so far, was college roommates with Trubisky at North Carolina for two years. In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, Holcomb explained what he learned about the signal caller during that time.

"He's a competitor," Holcomb told JP Finlay. "He hates losing. He's one of those perfectionist people. Maybe if we can rattle him up a little bit, get him nervous back there, we'll be able to make some things happen with him."

Holcomb caught the attention of Redskins coaches early in training camp thanks to his devoted studying habits, so it sounds like he's a perfectionist, too. Even so, the two have made room in their schedules to chirp at one another.

"Yeah, we've been texting all week," Holcomb said. "We've got a group chat with a bunch of the teammates. They're all like, 'Oh, it's Mitch vs. Cole this week. It's Mitch vs. Cole this week. What's going to happen?'"

Hopefully for Washington, what's going to happen is that the Burgundy and Gold will "rattle" Chicago's starter like Holcomb wants to. Through two contests, the Redskins have the second-to-worst pressure rate of any defense in the NFL.

If they can fix that starting Monday, that bodes well for them notching their first win of 2019. If not, on the other hand, then the heat will be turned up even more (if that's even possible) on Holcomb's boss, Greg Manusky, and Manusky's entire unit.

Perhaps Holcomb can have a mid-game reunion with Trubisky in the Bears' backfield and help that cause. Pregame, though, they'll likely catch up, and in that catch-up, Holcomb will probably refer to Trubisky as "Mitch."

But according to Holcomb, shortening his friend's name doesn't work everywhere. It turns out Holcomb picked up something about his ex-roommate's mom as well back at UNC.

"I call him Mitch when it's just me and him," he said. "I don't say it around his mom, though. You say it around his mom, you might get punched."

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