If DeSean Jackson is itching to get back at the team that cut him in 2014 by having a big game in Philadelphia he isn’t showing it.
“It’s just another game,” said Jackson told the media at Redskins Park when asked about the Saturday night showdown against the Eagles. “I’m excited about it, highly anticipate it, but I’m not going to make it more than what it is. We’ve got a game to do, to go win. That’s really all that matters. Regardless of what team it is or the name on the jersey, we don’t really care about that. We’ve just got a game to go win and it’s a must-win for us.”
It would be hard to make the game more than it is. If the Redskins win they will clinch the NFC East title and the right to host a playoff game at home. Should the Eagles win, control of playoff destiny goes to them. They would just need to beat the Giants in Week 17 to take the division.
Jackson had a chance to fan the flames a bit during a conference call with Philadelphia media on Wednesday. But he declined the opportunity to do so, deflecting questions about the current state of the Eagles and Chip Kelly, the coach who decided that it was best to let a 27-year-old player coming off of a career year walk to a division rival for no compensation.
One Eagles writer tweeted that his colleagues were desperate for Jackson to drop any sort of negative nugget about the team. “NovaCare media room was giddy w/anticipation over DeSean conf. call. DeSean said he's only thinking about task at hand. Cue sad trombone...,” tweeted Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “Some reporters really needed DeSean to come up big. The stage was set, w/Eagles struggling. He wouldn't play. Questions became panic-tinged.”
The only Jackson quote that got some play came when someone asked about the Eagles banged-up secondary.
"I could care less about who's covering me,” he said. “Whoever is, good luck to them."
A perusal of the websites of the top Philadelphia media outlets reveals no articles dedicated to the Jackson call.
At least before the game, Jackson is keeping things in perspective, making sure that the conversation centers on the game and not on his homecoming.
“We just want to take care of the opportunity that is at hand and that is at stake right now, which is win a football game,” Jackson said at Redskins Park. Regardless of anything else, like I said, I’m not going to let it be bigger than what it is. We need to win.”