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WR DeSean Jackson - Washington Redskins

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

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Jackson (knee) was able to return in the team's Week 7 game after missing time with a knee injury. He'll be evaluated further on Monday but this looks like a minor ding so far.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Jackson got a little banged up and didn't come through with the huge play to key a strong fantasy week, but help is on the way in the form of Robert Griffin III soon.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colt McCoy is likely to start this game for Washington after salvaging a 'W' vs Tennessee last weekend. McCoy connected on all but one of his passes (11/12 for 128 yards, one TD and zero interceptions) and more importantly didn't throw a pick or put the ball on the turf. He was sacked twice for -8 yards. Washington will likely go with McCoy because Robert Griffin III is still rehabbing his dislocated ankle ('He's got to be 100 percent,' head coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's press conference in reference to Griffin. Gruden went on to say that McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if Griffin can't get to 100% healthy, which means that McCoy is almost surely going to start). McCoy has done stints as the starter in Cleveland during 2010/2011, and had a one-year gig as Colin Kaepernick's backup in San Francisco last season. Now, a new NFL opportunity has come calling - we'll see what the lifetime 421/715 for 4,529 yards passing, 22 TDs and 20 interceptions-thrown quarterback (with 101/362/1 rushing) can accomplish for Washington against their traditional NFC East rivals, under the glaring Monday Night Football lights - in Dallas' house, by the way. The Cowboys rank 12th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 230.4 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL). They have just seven sacks this year (tied for 27th). Last week, Eli Manning threw 21/33 for 248 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas (zero sacks taken); Russell Wilson was sacked twice vs. Dallas for zero yards lost, but only managed 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. McCoy will likely face a stacked box and a strong pass rush this weekend - he'll have to prove he can thrown the football to beat Dallas. Given the up-and-down nature of the Dallas secondary of late, this looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit in the cheap seats.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs NYG 0 0 0 4 1 9 0 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 4 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 2 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SEA (11 / 5 / 157 / 1 rec)

Desean Jackson was the sole bright spot for Washington's offense on Monday night. The feisty receiver broke out for 157 yards against one of the league's best pass defenses. Jackson was targeted all over the field, but made his biggest plays behind the Seattle secondary, torching SS Kam Chancellor and CB Richard Sherman for a 60 yard TD in the second quarter with Washington down 17-0. Cousins stepped up in a collapsing pocket, rolled to his right, and hit Jackson while on the run up the right sideline for Washington's first score of the game. Jackson struck again on the first play of the second half, splitting double coverage up the left side and reeling in a perfectly dropped ball from Cousins 50 yards down the field as he stumbled out of bounds. With Seattle's coverage blanketing Washington's slower receiving threats, Jackson's speed gave him just enough separation for Cousins to sneak passes through.

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.

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Latest News

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

8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
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