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'DeSean Jackson: Home Team' Episode 2 recap: No more secrets

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'DeSean Jackson: Home Team' Episode 2 recap: No more secrets

BY PETER HAILEY

Is it just me, or did the 167 and a half hours in between the conclusion of last week's "DeSean Jackson: Home Team" and the beginning of this week's second episode drag on like nobody's business? 

Ever since the cliffhanger that ended last Tuesday's episode, the show's fans have been left to twiddle their thumbs and wonder what is going to happen to our favorite Redskins receiver. Tonight, thankfully, we got a few answers.

To recap all that went down in another 30 riveting minutes of reality television, we're going to answer the eight questions that everyone's asking after episode two of "Home Team." Like last weeks' review, these should help you further understand everything that occurred, and if you were crazy enough to not be in front of the T.V. from 8:30-9 (that's absolutely inexcusable and should never happen again, by the way) they'll help you catch up. Let's get going.

---WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD---

1) Did DeSean finally tell his mom that his girlfriend Kayla is pregnant?

Sure, the shots of DeSean working out and hanging out with his friends were fun, but all episode long, everyone who tuned in were waiting for one thing, and one thing only: The time when DeSean finally tells his mom that his girlfriend of six months is pregnant. And with the episode coming to a close, it looked like the show's audience would have to wait another week before the secret was revealed. But with just seconds left on the clock, DeSean finally let the cat out of the bag.

Right before the final credits, the Redskins receiver invited his mom Gayle over for a one-on-one dinner. The scene was a tense one -- Gayle kept making references to living with kids, which caused DeSean to grow "more nervous by the second" and wonder whether she already knew. Those comments were just a coincidence, though, so Jackson had break the news himself.

"I've been trying to figure out how to tell you [this]," he said. "I need to be a man about this situation. How would you feel if I told you that Kayla's pregnant?"

So how did Gayle react? Well, that's this week's cliffhanger. Aside from a two second long death stare from Mrs. Jackson, we are unsure how she feels about her son having a child. And we thought the wait for this week's episode was long. How are we going to last until next Tuesday?

2) Did he talk about what he wants his child to do when they grow up?

He sure did. Jackson was talking to a bunch of his friends early on in the thirty minute show and said, "If it's a boy, he's going to the league." Notice to all parents planning to help their future kids become NFL cornerbacks: choose a different profession, because DeSean Jackson II will make your kids hate their job. 

3) Any update on whether DeSean likes doing household chores?

In "Home Team's" debut, DeSean's distaste for household chores was very evident. But this week, #11 did a complete 180 in regards to doing things around the home.

The three-time Pro-Bowler made his mom a tremendous meal ahead of the big reveal, and was even shown washing dishes at one point. It was a truly shocking twist, and man, that salad looked good.  

4) Do information leaks contaminate his off the field life as much as they affect his on the field life?

It would certainly seem so, which is unfortunate for Jackson. Playing for the Redskins means that he is constantly surrounded by locker room leaks that create turmoil in the locker room and make everyone's life harder. And as it turns out, leaks rear their ugly head in Jackson's personal life as well.

In the middle of the show, Jackson wanted to go to a bowling alley and knock down a few pins with his friends. That's it. Just some good ol' fashioned fun. But, because of course this happens, a leak ruined the trip: Someone tipped off the paparazzi, who ended up infiltrating DeSean's hang out and put him in a bad mood with their nosiness for the rest of the day.

"I hate paparazzi," DeSean said, seething. "They need to stay out of my space."   

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5) How far does DeSean have to go to get his hair taken care of?

Not far. Jackson actually gets his hair handled in his own living room. An easy commute for a player who lives in D.C. for much of the year.

6) Did DeSean do anything this week that would scare Redskins fans like he did last week?

Cranky Redskins fans who think DeSean should just sit in a quiet room and watch episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" all offseason, you're in luck; this episode contained far less dangerous activities for the team's number one offensive weapon than last Tuesday's premiere.

The only thing that DeSean did that was remotely nerve wracking was perform a few backflips in his backyard pool. He nailed them both, though, and when you compare them to his driving sports cars at high speeds and drinking straight from the bottle at a club shenanigans that we saw last week, they don't look so bad.

7) Speaking of the club, how much does DeSean spend in an average night while out on the town? 

His sister A'Dreea took Jackson aside to discuss his finances in one scene, and wasn't too pleased with how much money DeSean dropped during his club outings. She mentioned two instances, in which the receiver spent $2,000 and $5,000, and cautioned him to slow down. 

She then asked him what he buys for that much money, and his response was simple. "Alcohol," said DeSean. "I'm in the offseason, I'm gonna enjoy it."

8) Could a normal, non-NFL athlete hang with Jackson during one of his offseason workouts?

Nope. No chance, in fact. DeSean took a few of his buddies with him to run hills with him under the hot California sun, and the results weren't pretty. DeSean easily outpaced his crew, and one of his pals took about three steps up the steep slope before dropping to his knees and vomiting. It didn't look very fun.

What will Gayle say about DeSean's baby news? Will we finally get our first extended look at Kayla? And will the paparazzi screw up another fun trip for the 28-year-old? Join us in the same place next week as we review the third episode of "Home Team." Until then, we'll be eagerly awaiting next Tuesday.

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.

UPDATE: Marshall was activated off of IR Saturday afternoon. WR Brian Quick was released to make room.

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