Tuesday, April 1, 2014
DeSean Jackson: 'Moving on'
By John Keim
DeSean Jackson wasn’t chatty when Channel 6 ABC reporter Jeff Skversky caught up with him at Dulles Airport in Virginia. But he also didn’t ignore the questions, telling Skversky he’s looking to the future.
"Moving on, bro. I don't have nothing to say about anything. I'm just moving on," Jackson said.
He used the same phrase when asked if he was mad at the Eagles for releasing him.
Jackson had arrived for a visit with Washington that included a dinner with members of the Redskins’ coaching staff, including head coach Jay Gruden, and an official visit at the facility Tuesday. Jackson hung out with Redskins players Pierre Garcon and DeAngelo Hall Monday night.
Various unconfirmed reports out of Philadelphia -- from 97.5's Tim McManus to Skversky -- stated that the former Eagles receiver had agreed to a deal Monday night. No deal had been signed as of early Tuesday morning. Regardless, the two sides appear to be moving that way.
If the Redskins do land Jackson, they become a potentially scary offense. Their one missing piece was a consistent deep threat and they have a quarterback who throws a good deep ball. Robert Griffin III doesn't have Michael Vick's arm, but he does have a good one. Now he'll potentially have Jackson, Garcon and Andre Roberts to throw to in addition to tight end Jordan Reed. All have good speed. Garcon is more dangerous on tougher routes underneath than on go routes, but he is fast and productive.
As the Eagles start to pull away from the division with a good offseason, the addition of Jackson would give the Redskins some momentum. Both teams still have work to do defensively. But if Griffin regains his big-play ability and Jackson isn't a distraction for a first-time head coach, then the Redskins will have firepower. They also have running back Alfred Morris, who has rushed for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons combined.
Jackson told Skversky he's confident his fans in Philadelphia won’t abandon him. That could be true -- until Jackson reminds them what they no longer have. This will be a move, if it indeed is finalized Tuesday, that could rile up two fan bases.