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Jackson hit piece lacking in specifics

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Jackson hit piece lacking in specifics

We’ve been waiting for it and on Friday we got it—a gloves-off bashing of DeSean Jackson emanating from the so-called City of Brotherly Love.

A CBS Philly post quotes a number of “sources close to and around” the Eagles in a takedown of Jackson in painting a picture of him as an all-round bad guy and disruptive figure.

“You see little kids and how they cry and whine when they don’t get their way, that was D-Jax,” one source is quoted as saying. “I don’t think [Jackson] gave [head coach Chip Kelly] the respect he deserved. Kelly tried to reach [Jackson] plenty of times and [Jackson] tuned him out.”

Feel free to go read it but it’s several hundred words of more of the same.

It should be familiar to those who follow the Redskins as it bears a strong resemblance to some of the reports that were circulating about Robert Griffin III towards the end of last year. It paints a one-sided picture of a bad person and a bad teammate. And it does so with a noticeable lack of specific incidents, dates, and, other than Kelly, the people Jackson supposedly interacted with. The sources are just emptying the garbage out of the can and dumping it on the leftover Eagles No. 10 jerseys.

At least with the Griffin reports there were reasons for the sources to stay anonymous since Griffin was still with the team. Why do the sources for the post about Jackson need to stay anonymous? He’s gone, signed with a division rival. Why not put your name to what you say?

The article states that some of the sources are players. But who are the others? There are a lot of people “around” an NFL team—coaches, equipment managers, scouts, ad sales reps. Some of them would have firsthand knowledge of how Jackson acted while others would rely on gossip and hearsay. By choosing to be vague about who his sources are the writer makes it very difficult to determine their credibility.

If you have any doubt that the purpose here is to try to rehab Kelly's image after his controversial decision, look no further than this one quote from the writer of the article: “Kelly received some culpability in the opinion of some. But numerous sources confirmed that [Kelly] should have been canonized St. Chip after putting up with the instigating Jackson in 2013.”

Nowhere in the article is Kelly’s “culpability” detailed in any way. That wasn’t on the agenda here. The agenda was to trash Jackson and put Kelly on a pedestal.

Look, there is plenty of evidence that Jackson is very high maintenance as an employee and perhaps not the ideal teammate in every respect. We didn’t need this article to know that.

But if we got a vaguely sourced story that focuses exclusively on the negative with no examination of the other side of the story about, say, Mister Rogers, we could end up concluding that the only difference between him and Hannibal Lecter is the cardigan sweater.

To some this article will serve as an exposé, a picture of the real DeSean Jackson. Others will look at it like the Eagles organization justifying a decision that could well come back to bite them badly.

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Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

All signs point to the Redskins starting Arie Kouandjio at left guard this weekend against the Eagles, and the coaching staff knows it's a big chance for the second-year man.

Incumbent starter Shawn Lauvao injured his groin last week against the Cardinals, and has not practiced all week. Assuming he doesn't play, this would mark Kouandjio's second start this season. He also got the start against the Browns in Week 4.

Washington coach Jay Gruden did not speak glowingly of Kouandjio's play against Cleveland, but it wasn't a negative review, either.

"He’s played one game, he played OK," the coach said. "He has another great opportunity for him. He’s waited his turn, done what’s asked of him. Practiced hard, played hard, and it’s a great opportunity.”

With center Spencer Long currently in concussion protocol and backup John Sullivan started to go in the middle of the Redskins offensive line, the group will have a number of new faces against the Eagles. The right side of the line, with guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses, will be the same as its been all year, though both of those players are nursing ankle injuries. 

"We have confidence in the guys that if some of those guys that are backups need to step up and be ready to roll," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. 

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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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