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WR DeSean Jackson - Washington Redskins

5-9, 169Born: 12-1-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 28): Jackson can get free deep and convert even with popgun arm Colt McCoy at quarterback. He has a lower floor than typical WR2/WR3 options, but he also has a much higher ceiling, and is hitting it more often than expected this year despite QB woes in Washington.

General News (Tue Oct 28): had six catches on seven targets for 136 yards in Week 8, and he has topped 100 receiving yards three times in his last four games after managing just one 100-yard game in the first four games of the season.

Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The big question this week is whether Robert Griffin III will get back in the saddle prior to Washington's Week 10 bye, or if the coaching staff lets Colt McCoy lead the charge at Minnesota this week. With a big 'W' under McCoy's belt on Monday Night Football (and a lost season for Washington at 3-5 in the NFC East at the half-way point), we expect to see McCoy appear again in Minnesota this weekend. He played a solid game in Dallas, posting 25/30 for 299 yards, zero TDs and one interception, with three sacks taken for -13 yards, and 7/16/1 rushing. The top Washington receivers were McCoy's main targets, with seven targets for 6/136/0 receiving for DeSean Jackson, four for 4/47/0 flowing to Pierre Garcon, and seven for 7/40/0 going to Jordan Reed. McCoy got the ball to the Washington playmakers. The Minnesota pass D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 212.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions and 25 sacks generated (13th-ranked (tie) and tied for second in the NFL, respectively). Mike Glennon was sacked five times for -12 yards with one passing TD, one interception thrown. The Bills gave up six sacks of Kyle Orton for -28 yards, but he still posted 31/43 for 255 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. the Vikings two games ago. This looks like a tough matchup for McCoy and company, on the road at Minnesota.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
5 vs SEA 0 0 0 11 5 157 1 0
6 at ARI 1 5 0 5 3 115 1 0
7 vs TEN 0 0 0 5 3 49 0 0
8 at DAL 0 0 0 7 6 136 0 0
9 at MIN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
9 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at MIN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 115 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Desean Jackson seems to have hit his stride in Washington's offense, going over 100 yards receiving and catching another 50+ yards TD pass from Cousins. Jackson finished with three catches on four targets, but the speedy receiver proved again that he only needs a few opportunities to make huge plays. Jackson was lined up in the slot right and locked in tight man coverage with Patrick Peterson, but Jackson got a free release off the line and cut across the field on a short slant while Cousins delivered a perfect dart past Peterson's outstretched arms. Jackson bolted up the field untouched for the huge play and the game tying score. Jackson could have had another huge score in the same quarter, taking a bubble screen at midfield from Cousins up the right sideline to the seven yard line before running into his own blocker and falling. Jackson was just steps away from another TD. Jackson carried the ball one time on an end-around but was only able to pick up minimal yardage on the play. Jackson briefly left the game in the fourth quarter after a big hit and PI penalty, but returned to the game after taking one play off.

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Desean Jackson continues to make big plays for Washington, this time catching a tough jump ball 37 yard pass from Cousins up the right sideline in extremely tight coverage. Jackson was not able to do much more with his five targets, however, and finished under 100 yards receiving for the first time in three weeks. Jackson was targeted in the end zone early in the second quarter, but was badly overthrown by Cousins in the corner. Jackson factored late in the game with Washington driving behind by one point. He was targeted deep and caught a nice jump ball up the right sideline for what would have been a long gain, but the play was nullified by offsetting penalties. Jackson drew a defensive PI call that ultimately set up Washington for the short FG and a Redskins victory. While Jackson still has some work to do getting his blocking up to snuff, his recent play in tight coverage shows that he can play above the rim as well as burn people dip.

2014 Week 8 vs DAL (7 / 6 / 136 / 0 rec)

Desean Jackson put together another huge performance, showing that he can produce regardless of who is under center for Washington. Jackson has gone for over 100 yards receiving in three of his last four games. Jackson was consistently able to gain separation against Dallas's corners. He got going early, catching an 18 yard pass early in the first quarter before catching a 49 yard bomb from McCoy down the middle of the field that could have gone for a TD had the QB led him even a little. Jackson caught another floater from McCoy deep down the right sideline that Jackson tracked like an outfielder for an over the shoulder catch.

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Latest News

Redskins | DeSean Jackson settling in (Tue Oct 28, 12:22 AM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson had six catches on seven targets for 136 yards in Week 8, and he has topped 100 receiving yards three times in his last four games after managing just one 100-yard game in the first four games of the season.

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Redskins | DeSean Jackson returns (Sun Oct 19, 03:04 PM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (knee) was able to return in the team's Week 7 game after missing time with a knee injury.

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Redskins | DeSean Jackson injures knee (Sun Oct 19, 02:01 PM) - Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (knee) left the team's Week 7 game because of a knee injury and is considered questionable to return.

Our View: Jackson has since returned to the game, although it's not helping Kirk Cousins' interception woes.
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Schedule

9@ Minnesota Vikings
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11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys