Since being released by the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson has been making his rounds and talking to teams interested in his skills. The team at the top of that list is the Eagles NFC East rival, Washington Redskins. The Redskins need another wide receiver to help Robert Griffin III grow as a quarterback and help the Redskins win the NFC East title once again.
RGIII and Michael Vick have similar styles of play. Both can throw from the pocket if necessary. However, nine times out of ten, the play breaks down and the quarterback is forced to run outside the pocket and make a throw on the run. Jackson, with his speed, can deviate from his route and escape from defenders to help his quarterback.
Jackson familiarity with the NFC East defenses is another reason for him to sign with his former opponent. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants have had plenty of trouble containing Jackson and it will continue with him on the Redskins. Anyone remember the game-winning punt return in 2010, dubbed the “New Miracle at the Meadowlands?”
The Redskins need to either sign or draft another receiver to play opposite of Pierre Garcon. Garcon had 113 catches for 1,346 yards in 2013. The next closest wide receiver was Santana Moss, who had just 42 catches and 452 yards. Jackson had his best statistical season in 2013 as he finished with 82 catches for 1,332 yards. Jackson signing with the Redskins will allow Garcon to move back to his natural position as a No. 2 wide receiver and give the Redskins that deep threat.
Jackson is still very young and can be that missing piece on the offense to help RGIII and the passing game keep up with the top teams. The Redskins were 23rd in the league in points per game, 20.9.
Jackson’s fantasy value would not drop. If anything, it might rise because of the lack of receivers to take receptions away from him. RGIII’s value would increase as well. With Jackson, Garcon and Jordan Reed to throw passes to, RGIII could get back into the top 10 where he belongs.