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Redskins free agent DeSean Jackson headed to Tampa Bay

Redskins free agent DeSean Jackson headed to Tampa Bay

The Redskins are about to lose their second starting wide receiver in the last two days.

A day after Pierre Garçon headed west after agreeing to a deal with the 49ers, it looks like DeSean Jackson is going to be heading south.

Per multiple media reports, the long-rumored move of Jackson going to the Tampa Bay Bucs will become a reality today sometime after NFL free agency opens at 4 p.m.

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Jackson signed with the Redskins in 2014 after six years with the Eagles. He was productive his first season there, gaining 1,169 yards receiving and leading the league with an average of 20.9 yards per catch.

A hamstring injury that cost him five games hurt his 2015 production but he came back strong this past season with 1,005 receiving yards and again led the league with an average of 17.9 yards per reception.

We don’t have any numbers on the proposed contract. Jackson has let it be known that the highest bidder would have a good chance of landing his services and there was speculation that he could get a deal averaging $12 million per year.

The Redskins stayed in touch with Jackson over the past few days but it never seemed like they were going to be the highest bidder. Jackson will be 31 before the season is out and the Redskins were hesitant to give a big deal to a player who may be fading in production.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: Jackson has confirmed the move to Tampa Bay in an Instagram post. 

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Doctson takes next steps towards return to game action

Doctson takes next steps towards return to game action

Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson appears to be headed to doing something he hasn’t done since last September—taking snaps in a game. It’s a question of when, not if.

The 2016 first-round pick left practice early on August 6 with a hamstring injury. While the injury wasn’t as serious as it was first feared, it still has kept him out of the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Ravens and out of practice until yesterday.

Doctson has not appeared in a game for the Redskins since last September, when he played a total of 31 snaps in the team’s first two games before being shut down due to a lingering Achilles injury.

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As the team took the field at Redskins Park, Doctson came out in shoulder pads and a helmet. As special teams drills took up the main practice field, he warmed up and stretched over on a side field.

Then the team started position drills. Doctson looked good cutting, working on his footwork, and getting his toes inbounds as he caught some passes near the end line.

After that, the horn blew, the defensive backs came over to work against the receivers, and Doctson stepped aside. He didn’t participate in any of those drills or in the 11-on-11 work that followed.

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After practice, Doctson stayed out and caught a few more passes before heading to the locker room. Jay Gruden said that Doctson is “day-to-day”.

“My plan is to listen to the trainers and Josh and find out when he can go full-speed,” said Gruden. “Tomorrow we’re going to try to see how much more he can do and then we’ll make a decision on Saturday whether or not we can put him in or not.”

It would be surprising to see Doctson play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Packers on Saturday. Although you can’t rule it out, the team has had a history of using great caution with hamstring injuries, especially in the preseason. Having Doctson go through a full practice for the first time in 11 days and then having him play in a game two days later has the feel of rushing things at a time when it isn’t necessary.

Instead, it is more likely that Doctson will take the field in the Redskins’ third preseason game, a week from Sunday against the Bengals. That will give Doctson a full week of practice to test his hamstring.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Back in Ashburn, position battles and Deshazor Everett interview

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Back in Ashburn, position battles and Deshazor Everett interview

With Su'a Cravens on the shelf following knee surgery, JP Finlay talks with Deshazor Everett. Also, JP and Rich Tandler are back in Ashburn, talking position battles and how things will shake out in the secondary.

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