Last week, Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said he didn’t really have a problem with star wide receiver DeSean Jackson skipping the first week of OTA practices.
On Monday, safety Duke Ihenacho and team president Bruce Allen echoed those sentiments.
“Some guys, you don't have to be at OTAs to be productive,” Ihenacho said during a lengthy, wide-ranging interview on the Redskins Capital Connection podcast. “As long as you do your part when the season comes, then you’re good.”
Jackson did not attend last week’s voluntary OTA practices at Redskins Park, a move that opened himself up for criticism from a few members of the media as well as some fans. Jackson is, however, expected to rejoin his teammates this week in Ashburn.
“I think OTAs [are] meant for us to fine tune and learn the system and prepare, and even work on camaraderie," Ihenacho said. "But he's a guy we already know, you know what I mean? I don't see anything wrong with it. But some people don't understand that.”
Ihenacho also said Jackson’s decision to miss a week of practice could have been aimed at reducing the wear and tear on his body. Jackson led the NFL in average yards per catch last season, but he also missed a game due to injury and was limited in others because of nagging ailments.
“OTAs do take a toll on your body, and maybe he's trying to prevent that,” Ihenacho continued. “People don’t understand that and should realize it.”
Allen, meantime, said Jackson’s decision to skip last week’s workouts were not a problem.
“No, that’s up to each player,” Allen told reporters at the team’s charity golf outing. “DeSean Jackson will be in shape, will be ready to go. That’s not a concern.”
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