RICHMOND -- Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been one of the NFL’s premier pass catchers since he entered the league in 2008. He’s also never lacked for confidence.
But is he unstoppable? He thinks he is.
“As far as what challenges me, I don’t really get caught up into any of that type of stuff,” Jackson said in response to a question about facing teammate Chris Culliver each day in practice, “because I’m comfortable and confident [enough] in myself that I don’t think no one can guard me.”
Jackson, who was smiling as he spoke, led the NFL in average yards per reception in 2014. His average of 20.9 yards was three more than the next receiver on the list.
Since Redskins camp opened last week, Jackson has often matched against Culliver, the team’s most expensive offseason addition. Culliver is also expected to be the team’s No. 1 corner this season.
“I mean, he’s a good player,” Jackson said. “Don’t [take anything] away from him. 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.”
Revis, now of the Jets, and Sherman, the standout in Seattle, were the third and fourth best corners last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Culliver, meantime, was No. 15 on PFF’s list among the 108 corners that were ranked. Jackson added that he and Culliver have become good friends off the field.
“At the end of the day, we’re competing,” Jackson said, referring Culliver. “We’re out here, we’re working and that’s all that matters. As long as we’re able to get the best out of each other every rep, so what we need to do to work and get better, that’s what’s going to happen right now.”
Jackson also said he’d welcome the opportunity to make more plays for the Redskins this season. In 2014 -- his first year in Washington -- Jackson led the team in receiving yards (1,169) and touchdowns (6) but ranked a close second in targets and receptions behind Pierre Garçon.
“I would always love to do more,” Jackson said. “If my number could get called a little more, I definitely would love that. I feels great [about] where we are at right now. …I do what I do good, but there are several players on this team, too, that could do some great things, as well. Whatever opportunity I get, Every chance I get the opportunity to make a play, I’m going to make the most out of my skills to score touchdowns, have energy to light my team up, to get everybody riled up to go out on the field and play at a high level.”
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