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Hatcher contemplates retirement

Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher is contemplating retirement but the team may be trying to convince him to return in 2016.

He had a quick talk with general manager Scot McCloughan as he left the field after the Redskins’ loss to the Packers in the wild card round of the playoffs. McCloughan said that he would welcome Hatcher back next season.

“I've been thinking lately about this being my last year, you know, retiring” said Hatcher when asked about his talk with McCloughan. “One thing I've got to pray about. [McCloughan] said he wanted me around.”

Hatcher played in 15 games this year and although he only recorded two sacks he was one of the leaders on the line when it came to pressuring the opposing quarterback.

But he will turn 34 before next season starts and he may want to call it quits after 10 NFL seasons, eight in Dallas and two here.

“I still love the game, I've just got to pray about it and see what my family said about it,” said Hatcher. He's [McCloughan] a great guy, I'm glad I met him. He believed in me as a leader and as a player. It's hard to not come back. But at the same time I've got to do what's best for me and the family.’

Hatcher expects to make his decision sooner rather than later.

“I'm not going to hold them up on my decision,” he said. “I'm going to make it pretty quick . . . We'll see how everything plays out.”

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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