DeSean Jackson made no apologies for missing parts of the Redskins’ offseason program. But he also made this much clear: he’s been working as hard as ever to stay in top physical condition.
“I’m a big firm believer [in] you get your results from working out,” Jackson told Redskins Nation host Larry Michael earlier this week. “So I’ve been doing a lot of training, speed work and beach work and lifting weights. I’ve gained a couple of pounds [but] not too much. Still got the speed, though.”
Jackson said his workouts this offseason have been focused on helping him add strength to his 5 foot 10, 175-pound frame.
“I’ve dedicated my offseason to getting in the weight room and getting a little more physical, just to keep the durability up during the year and not take a couple of hits and go out the game...stay in there and block a couple of bigger guys,” Jackson added. “Even though I haven’t been here that much, I’ve dedicated the time.”
Jackson missed the first two weeks of Redskins OTAs before joining his teammates for Monday and Tuesday’s activities. The 29-year-old, though, did not practice on Wednesday—the only session of the week that was open to reporters.
Jackson also seemed to confirm reports that he made a conscious decision to forfeit a $500,000 workout bonus that was tied to him attending 90 percent of the team’s offseason program.
“You know, you hear the reports, people saying I forfeited the workout bonus,” he told Michael. “Don’t get it wrong; it’s definitely something I would have loved to do. But spending that time with my family and doing things on that side of the world definitely pays off.”
Jackson, a native of Los Angeles, has a seven month old son, DeSean Jr. The ninth-year veteran also acknowledged that he’s been spending time with an ailing grandmother.
“Really, I’ve just been spending a lot family time,” Jackson said. “My home is so far from here—east coast, west coast, so that flight is a little hectic.
“Just really being able to enjoy that and enjoy being a Dad. You don’t really get that time too much to spend during the season because our schedule is so crazy.”
Jackson is, however, expected to return to Redskins Park next week for mandatory minicamp, according to Coach Jay Gruden, who says Jackson "looks as fast as he's ever been."