Giants should want Jackson out of division

March, 31, 2014
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The news of DeSean Jackson's release by the Philadelphia Eagles was welcomed last week by New York Giants fans who would be happy not to have to face him twice a year anymore. But the news of today is that Jackson is visiting the Washington Redskins. If he signs with Washington, he stays in the NFC East and will continue to play two games a year against the Giants.

The Giants are 3-9 all-time in games against the Eagles in which Jackson has played. In those 12 games, he has averaged 16.9 yards per reception and 76 receiving yards per game. He has four career receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and two return touchdowns against the Giants in his career. The only other team against which he's performed even nearly as well over such a large sample size is the Redskins, which could explain part of their motivation for trying to acquire him.

I wrote at the end of last week that I don't think the Giants will attempt to sign Jackson, for a variety of reasons ranging from price to off-field concerns. To this point, all of the information I have indicates that they are not among the teams pursuing him. It's possible they could sign him, and that they're operating very quietly in their efforts to do so, but as I said, I still lean toward no.

If they don't, though, it's got to be a scary thought for Giants fans that Jackson might not end up leaving the NFC East.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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