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DeSean Jackson | Wide Receiver

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 178
College: California
Contract: view contract details

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DeSean Jackson was held without a catch in Washington's third preseason game Saturday night against the Ravens.
Jackson was targeted twice in the pass game, but couldn't come down with a slightly underthrown pass from Robert Griffin III that would have been a big play downfield. It could take time for Griffin and Jackson to get their timing down. Jackson is going to be the No. 2 option behind Pierre Garcon, and will also have to compete for targets with Jordan Reed. He has WR2 upside, but is being overdrafted at his current early-fifth-round ADP. Aug 23 - 11:02 PM

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DeSean Jackson caught 2-of-4 targets for 34 yards in Washington's second preseason game versus Cleveland on Monday night.

They were Jackson's first grabs as a Redskin. It was nothing spectacular, as Robert Griffin III was a bit off on Monday night. D-Jax was the target on a comeback route on RGIII's interception. RGIII has a rocket arm and can unleash one of the better deep balls in the league, so he's likely to fall in love with his new weapon on the outside. We're not very bullish on D-Jax at his current early-fifth-round ADP, as Jackson is sharing No. 1 receiver duties with Pierre Garcon.
Aug 18 - 9:43 PM

DeSean Jackson (ankle) returned to team drills Monday.

It was his first full-team work since tweaking his ankle last Wednesday. D-Jax plans to make his preseason debut against the Browns one week from tonight.
Aug 11 - 12:46 PM

DeSean Jackson (ankle) is sitting out Thursday's preseason opener.

Jackson "tweaked" his ankle in Wednesday's practice, and is day to day. Even if D-Jax ends up missing Washington's second exhibition game, it's not a concern for his Week 1 status.
Aug 7 - 6:05 PM

DeSean Jackson tweaked his ankle during Wednesday's practice and is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason game.

Jackson got cleated while running a route against Darrelle Revis during the joint session and limped off. It's not a serious injury, but there's no reason to risk him for the 8-10 plays the Redskins starters are scheduled to play Thursday.
Aug 6 - 11:57 AM

DeSean Jackson averaged 3.85 catches for 67.3 yards and 0.32 touchdowns per game on a 52.2 percent catch rate in five years under Andy Reid.

In one year with Chip Kelly (last season), Jackson's numbers surged to 5.12 catches for 83.2 yards and 0.56 touchdowns on a 65.0 catch rate. He also stayed completely healthy for the first time since 2008. Now out of the Kelly offense again and sharing No. 1 wideout duties with Pierre Garcon, there's reason to think that career-best season was an outlier. Read more in Adam Levitan's ADP Overvalued column, linked below.
Jul 22 - 5:52 PM

ESPN Redskins writer John Keim wouldn't be surprised if DeSean Jackson ends up third on the team in catches.

We completely agree. Pierre Garcon is the sturdier player capable of running a wider route tree as Jay Gruden's new A.J. Green. TE Jordan Reed is dripping with talent. Note that prior to last season's outlier under Chip Kelly, Jackson had never topped 62 catches or 1,200 yards in a season, and often battled nagging injuries. He could very well be a clear-out deep threat for Gruden, opening up the middle of the field for Garcon and Reed.
Jun 9 - 10:14 AM

Coach Chip Kelly says the Eagles received "no offers" for DeSean Jackson before his release.

Kelly also insisted D-Jax's release was for football reasons. "We just wanted to go in a different direction," Kelly said. "It had nothing to do with any article." That, of course, is in reference to Jackson's supposed "gang ties." If the Eagles truly received "no offers" for their No. 1 receiver, it was because of his salary, not any off-the-field scuttlebutt.
Apr 28 - 2:01 PM

DeSean Jackson has reported to the Redskins' offseason conditioning program.

Jackson drew criticism for skipping the program's first week due to a "previously scheduled vacation," but arrived in Washington on Sunday night and reported to Redskins Park on Monday. The Redskins were aware of Jackson's vacation plans before signing him to a three-year, $24 million contract on April 1.
Apr 14 - 2:53 PM

Ex-Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy claims he never saw anything that resembled the reports of disputes between DeSean Jackson and Chip Kelly.

It's the first teammate that's come to Jackson's defense since his release. McCoy also downplayed the idea that Jackson didn't connect with the team and coaching staff. "It’s a surprise for sure," McCoy said. "When you say he didn't bond with the team, I don’t know what that means because I was a teammate and we bonded. I’m sure Howie [Roseman] and the guys, they have something up their sleeve. It’s definitely some big shoes to fill."
Apr 12 - 3:16 PM

CBS Philadelphia reports DeSean Jackson skipped his end-of-season exit interview with Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Per reporter Joseph Santoliquito, Jackson was "possibly the only Eagle" to skip his interview. It would be a highly-unusual move, one certain to rankle management. It's never a good look for a team to smear a player on his way out the door, but it's pretty clear things had become untenable between Philly and D-Jax. Both sides needed a change.
Apr 10 - 1:21 PM

DeSean Jackson is not attending this week's offseason workouts due to a previously scheduled vacation.

Some players would cancel their plans in order to make a good impression on their new team. Not "MeSean." He's posting pictures on the beach via Instagram while the rest of his teammates get to know new coach Jay Gruden for the first time. Jackson cleared the absence with the team prior to signing and these voluntary workouts are far from crucial, but it's not going to do anything to heal his scarred reputation.
Apr 9 - 8:12 AM

DeSean Jackson denied his association with gang members in an ESPN interview with Stephen A. Smith.

"From my point of view it was very disrespectful," Jackson said. "I’m aware of and know certain gang members but as far as me being affiliated or me being a gang member, never not have once been." Jackson added that he didn't receive an exact explanation from Chip Kelly as to why he was released, though acknowledged he's been late to several meetings. Multiple sources told CBS Philly that Jackson was cut due to his "blatant" disrespect towards the Eagles coaching staff and not being very well liked by his teammates.
Apr 4 - 6:48 PM

Numerous sources tell CBS Philly that DeSean Jackson was "blatantly insubordinate" and "not very well liked by his teammates" with the Eagles, leading to his release before signing with Washington.

CBS Philly reports Jackson threw "temper tantrums cussing out (Chip) Kelly several times in front of the team," and was "more concerned with his rap label" than winning football games. The dislike among teammates would seem to be confirmed by their dispassionate reactions to his departure. "I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released," said one source, "more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’"
Apr 4 - 2:03 PM

DeSean Jackson's contract with the Redskins has $16 million fully guaranteed, including a $5 million signing bonus.

On paper, it's a three-year, $24 million deal as originally announced. But in reality, Jackson is only certain to get two years and $16 million. Still, it's $1 million more in guaranteed money than he got from the Eagles in his 2012 contract and his average annual salary is $700,000 more than top free agent receiver Eric Decker got from the Jets. Considering Jackson's off-field issues, how late we are in free agency and the notion that the Redskins were bidding against themselves, it's a decent deal struck by agent Joel Segal. Jackson also gets to be an unrestricted free agent again at age 30, setting himself up for one more payday if he keeps his nose clean.
Apr 3 - 8:36 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
3Colt McCoy
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Lache Seastrunk
4Evan Royster
5Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Ryan Grant
4Leonard Hankerson
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
4Nick Williams
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
4Ted Bolser
5Mike Caussin
K1Kai Forbath
2Zach Hocker