By Anthony Blake on April 2, 2014
Now that it’s official and DeSean Jackson has defected from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins, it’s time to dissect just what it means for the Skins and Jackson in 2014. There’s no doubt he will bring excitement to the Nation’s Capital, but just how big the fireworks display will be has yet to be determined. Check out these five reasons why the Redskins and Jackson are the perfect marriage in the NFC East.
It’s been a common theme for the Redskins over the years, but this is the last year without a first-round pick barring another monumental trade calamity. While not having a pick in Round 1 isn’t the end of the world, it certainly puts a great deal more pressure on the other limited resources the team possesses. Adding DeSean Jackson allows them to remove the WR position from their list of needs heading into May’s NFL Draft.
What’s the most important factor in developing a young QB? Obviously there are a number of viable answers to that query, but providing him with the adequate amount of surrounding talent is chief among them. Robert Griffin III has been stuck trying to turn the ancient Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson into stars alongside the one bona fide stud they have in Pierre Garcon. DeSean Jackson and Garcon on the same field will yield some fireworks.
The main reason DeSean Jackson was deemed expendable by the Eagles – regardless of the gang ties they cite or the disruptive locker room behavior they reference – is because the team added Darren Sproles. He will fill the return role that Jackson was masterful at during his time in Philly, and the Redskins will be thankful for that given their pitiful 6.4 yard average per punt return in 2013.
Aldrick Robinson is comparable to DeSean Jackson in terms of size and speed, but his prowess as a big-play threat just isn’t on the same level. Though Pierre Garcon racked up 16 catches of 20-or-more yards in 2013, Jackson had 25 such plays with Philly and figures to bring even more explosion to the Nation’s Capital. That threat will open up more space for Alfred Morris in the run game and make the offense less predictable as a whole.
Ah, yes. The dish best served cold will be what DeSean Jackson has a chance at twice next season when he goes up against the Eagles, but facing off against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will also be a familiar task. A lot will change for Jackson in 2014, but a lot will stay the same as well. This type of motivation to go out and show Philly what they’re missing will produce some monster numbers in his first year with RG3 in D.C.
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