Robert Griffin III was instrumental in recruiting DeSean Jackson to Washington.
Now that he’s here, RG3 can’t wait to see what the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will add to a Redskins’ offense that slid 19 spots to 23rd in points per game last season (20.9).
“He’s as advertised,” Griffin said Monday in downtown Washington, moments after the third-year quarterback participated in the 136th Easter Egg Roll at the White House. “He’s a fast guy. He’s got a wide catch radius. He can catch things away from his body, and he’s got body control.”
After Jackson was unexpectedly released by the Eagles on March 28, several Redskins quickly reached out to the 27-year-old. Already on the West Coast, Griffin visited Jackson at his home.
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A few days later, Jackson was a Redskin.
“He’s going to add a threat to us as an offense,” Griffin said. “And when you can get a guy like that, it opens up things for everybody else – Pierre [Garçon], Jordan Reed, Alfred [Morris], Andre Roberts. You can go on and on for days with the amount of weapons we have now. It’s really exciting.”
Griffin added: “You feel like you can go back and attack matchups now.”
The Redskins have been one of the more active teams in free agency, signing 14 players in total. The biggest additions, of course, have been Jackson and defensive lineman Jason Hatcher.
But as excited as Griffin is about the Redskins’ upgraded roster, he also was careful to tap the brakes on the hype.
“We had a great nucleus when Coach [Jay Gruden] got here, and he’s done a great job adding guys to that puzzle,” Griffin said. “Sky’s the limit. But just like I told everybody else, we got to go do it. It’s not really about talking about it. I can’t really tell you what the biggest difference is going to be. We have to go show that. [But] I think we’ll be a more efficient offense that goes out and scores points.”