In three seasons with the Redskins, DeSean Jackson twice went over 1,000 yards receiving and averaged a devastating 18.8 yards per reception.
The stats back up what they eye test has long known: Jackson is arguably the best deep threat in the NFL and has been for a long time.
His speed forces defensive coordinators to alter their game plans, and in turn, helped Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins find so much success elsewhere on the field with Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garçon. Now, with the legal tampering period open and free agency coming Thursday afternoon, it seems Jackson could be taking his services to Florida.
During Jackson's six years in Philadelphia, the Eagles finished inside the Top 10 in NFL scoring five times. In Washington, the Redskins ranked 3rd in the NFL in yards gained last season.
Warren Sharp broke down specifically what Jackson does so well.
Perhaps the best example of Jackson's impact on a quarterback comes in the case of Nick Foles. Largely an inaccurate passer with a penchant for interceptions across 36 career starts, Foles found lightning in a bottle for one season. That year, with the Eagles in 2013, Foles threw 27 TDs to just two interceptions, completing 64 percent of his passes and throwing for almost 2,900 yards in just 10 starts.
That 2013 season also happened to be the best of Jackson's career. He caught 82 passes for more than 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. Coincidence? Don't think so.
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The Redskins didn’t do much in the way of wheeling and dealing during the three days of the NFL draft. They made a trade with the Vikings to move up in the sixth round while moving down in the seventh but that was it.
However, according to a report, they had talks about making a deal that would have been a blockbuster.
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The New York Daily News is reporting that the Jets were trying to trade away defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson during the draft and that Washington was one of the teams who were involved in the discussions.
Richardson was a first-round pick of the Jets in the 2013 draft. He has had his moments, being named the defensive rookie of the year in 2013 and making the Pro Bowl in 2014. But he has had his share of problems, serving a four-game substance suspension for a substance abuse violation in 2015 and he had to sit one game after running afoul of the personal conduct policy (police car chase).
The Jets’ asking price was not thought to be too high for the 26-year-old Richardson. However, teams did not want Richardson under his current contract. He is set to make $8.1 million in 2017 under his fifth-year option. As of now that salary is fully guaranteed.
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If Richardson does not agree to a salary reduction a trade to the Redskins is a non-starter. They have $8.17 million in cap space remaining and they still have to sign their draft picks and have money left to get through the season.
Richardson would have to agree to cut his salary at least in half to facilitate a deal to the Redskins. Since the salary is fully guaranteed he has no incentive to do so, making a deal very unlikely.
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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 30, 24 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 12
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 24
—Training camp starts (7/27) 88
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 133
A look at the Redskins month that was
Here is a look back at some of the most popular and talked about posts of April on CSNmidatlantic.com and on RealRedskins.com.
2011 bill comes due, Redskins' salary cap space shrinks—The sudden disappearance of $4.5 million in salary cap money got a lot of fans riled up. But it goes back to 2011 when the cap unexpectedly shrunk with the new CBA and teams were allowed to “borrow” cap money from future years and pay it back by 2017. The Redskins’ bill came due and, as they had planned, they had to pay it back.
Redskins full 2017 schedule released—I think most agreed that it was a pretty fair schedule. The only complaint I had was that they have to play on the road before hosting their Thanksgiving Day game. But it’s just a trip to New Orleans for a 1:00 game, only one time zone over. It’s not ideal but it is a much better deal than having to play a Sunday night game and then go on the road for Thanksgiving like they had to last year. It’s a moderately tough slate but that was determined already by the rotation of playing the different AFC and NFC divisions.
Redskins agree to deal with big free agent—When it was reported that Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Brown was coming to Redskins Park for a visit, nobody thought that much would come of it. Brown had been trying to reach a deal with the Raiders and it looked like his visit was just a negotiating ploy. But he signed a one-year deal and the inside linebacker corps got an injection of speed, athleticism, and playmaking ability
Impossible to probable? Draft day slide could land Redskins a steal —Nobody thought that Jonathan Allen, a consensus top-five talent, would fall to the Redskins at pick No 17. Well, nobody but colleague J.P. Finlay and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media, anyway.
Redskins have kept focus on defense at the Draft—This was written after the first three rounds. For the first time in 20 years, the Redskins had drafted defensive players in the first three rounds. And after they added another defensive player, safety Montae Nicholson, with the second pick of the fourth round they had taken a defensive player in each of the firrst four rounds of the draft for the first time in the common draft era (since 1967). Add to that Brown and three other defensive free agents signed prior to the draft and you have the organization making an effort to upgrade the defense, just like they said they would.
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