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Redskins sign DeSean Jackson; press release and quotes

Redskins sign DeSean Jackson; press release and quotes

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jackson (5-10, 175) was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 87 regular season games with 86 starts, compiling 7,813 all-purpose yards and 39 total touchdowns, all with Philadelphia from 2008-13.

For his career, the three-time Pro Bowler has amassed 356 receptions for 6,117 yards (17.2 avg.) with 32 receiving touchdowns and 57 rushing attempts for 373 yards (6.5 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns. He has also returned 131 punts for 1,294 yards (9.9 avg.) with four touchdowns and has added 29 yards on four kick returns.

Last season, Jackson started all 16 regular season games for Philadelphia for the first time in his career and also started his sixth career postseason game. During the regular season, Jackson posted career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) and matched his career high with nine receiving touchdowns en route to his third career Pro Bowl selection – his first since making consecutive Pro Bowl appearances after the 2009-10 seasons.

In 2009, Jackson became the first player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl at two different positions, earning berths at both wide receiver and kick returner. That season, Jackson scored eight touchdowns covering 50 yards or more, tying an NFL record previously held by Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (1951) and Devin Hester (2007). From 2008-10, Jackson became one of only two players in NFL history to have recorded a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and punt return touchdown in each of his first three seasons, joining Dick Todd, who accomplished the feat with the Redskins from 1939-41.

Jackson played collegiately at California from 2005-07, appearing in 36 games with 34 starts. He recorded 162 receptions for 2,423 yards (15.0 avg.) with 22 receiving touchdowns and added 24 rushing attempts for 199 yards (8.3 avg.) and one rushing touchdown. He also returned 38 career punts for 633 yards (16.7 avg.) with six touchdowns. He earned All-Pac-10 honors in both 2006 and 2007, and was named as a consensus All-American as a punt returner as a sophomore in 2006.

Jackson, 27, attended Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic H.S, where he received the 2004 Glenn Davis Award from the Los Angeles Times as Southern California's Player of the Year. He was born on Dec. 1, 1986.

WHAT THE REDSKINS ARE SAYING ABOUT DESEAN JACKSON

“We’re excited to have him. Any time you have an opportunity to get a splash player like DeSean Jackson, you have to do your best to get him. Fortunately Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder got it done, but we’re excited to have the competitor and the player of DeSean’s caliber.”

-          Head Coach Jay Gruden 

“We are all excited to have him join our team. Our team and this city will be there for him. In talking with him, I understand his drive and his competitiveness to win – always doing it for his dad and now doing it for this city.”

-          Quarterback Robert Griffin III

“I’m excited to have another weapon. The guy is mad fast and I think, overall, it definitely helps the offense.”

-          Running Back Alfred Morris

“DeSean is a great player. He can help our offense, help our team. You know he’s definitely going to open up things. We’re going to make plays for each other and help get the ball into the end zone.”

-          Wide Receiver Pierre Garçon, as told to Larry Michael on Redskins Nation

“He just brings another home run hitter that I’m very excited to play with. Any time you get a Pro Bowl caliber guy in free agency, I think it does a lot for the team.”

-          Tackle Trent Williams

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Need to Know: The Redskins month that was—Salary cap, schedule, the draft

Need to Know: The Redskins month that was—Salary cap, schedule, the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 30, 24 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

Days until:

—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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Jay Gruden squashes perception that Alabama defenders don't produce in NFL

Jay Gruden squashes perception that Alabama defenders don't produce in NFL

Alabama dominates college football in a way few teams ever have. In the last two seasons, the Crimson Tide has lost just two games, winning one national title and narrowly missing a second.

The strength of 'Bama, year after year, is their defense. Nick Saban coaches it, Nick Saban knows it, and Nick Saban demands the best from his players. 

Oddly, however, a few recent Alabama defenders drafted to the NFL have not produced. Or at least their production did not match their draft status. 

It's not too hard to pick names that fit that perception. Rolando McClain. Terrence Cody. Dre Kirkpatrick. And at running back, Trent Richardson didn't help.

Still, the Redskins invested heavily in the Tide during the 2017 draft. Their top two picks played for Saban's defense last year, and Washington coach Jay Gruden does not buy any part of the perception that 'Bama products regress in the NFL.

"I don’t see any negative whatsoever with them going to Alabama," Gruden said late Friday night.

The 'Skins selected Jonathan Allen in the first round and Ryan Anderson in the second. Both guys started on the Tide's front seven, and both players dominated.

"They come there and they are well coached. Anytime you watch college football, and you watch other defenses, no disrespect, and then you flip on an Alabama game, it’s different," Gruden said. "The speed is different. They are well-coached, they are in their gaps, they play hard, they play physical, and that’s from Week 1 until the end. That has to appeal to you as a coach. They are using their hands, they are physical, they are chasing the ball, they are running to the ball."

The perception, right or wrong, has two main positions. The first is that the Alabama defense looks so good because it is full of five-star recruits. When everyone is good, or great, on the college level, it's hard to truly judge any singular player's game tape. The second is that Saban is so exhausting, so demanding of his players, they arrive to the NFL with too many reps.

For those around the NFL, both theories are laughable. Pro scouts know game tape. How else can they judge a future first rounder when he matches up against a walk-on? And for every alleged 'Bama bust, think about Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Landon Collins or C.J. Mosley or Dont'a Hightower. 

Might some Tide players get overdrafted because of their success and high profile? That's a different conversation. What's certain is the Redskins are quite confident in both of their Alabama draft picks.

"We know they are both highly intelligent guys. They understand football, understand X’s and O’s and they both play very hard with a high motor and they are well-coached."

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