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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Jackson will add to Eagles-Redskins rivalry

By Andy Jasner

When the much-anticipated NFL schedule is announced soon, the Philadelphia Eagles will surely point to two games against the Washington Redskins.

How could they not?

With lightning-quick wide receiver DeSean Jackson now suiting up for the Redskins, those two games will be as entertaining as any this coming season.

It will definitely add to their NFC East rivalry.

"It's going to be exciting, especially for the Philly fanbase, and the city of Philadelphia," Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin told Comcast SportsNet via CSNPhilly.com. "But it's just another game, man, against a division opponent, [and] we want to dominate the division. We're looking forward to it, but I think the most important thing is just to approach it like it's any other game."

Instead of being teammates, Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin will soon have the difficult job of containing Jackson.

"They're a rival of ours," Boykin said in the interview posted on CSNPhilly.com. "They had a tough year last year, but they're coming back strong. We're looking forward to it and it's going to be a challenge."

It won't be easy to replace Jackson's 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, but the Eagles proved they could still accumulate huge numbers with an unproven quarterback in Nick Foles and a number of other young players.

The Eagles still managed to improve their win total from four to 10, which resulted in an NFC East title and a trip to the playoffs. The Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round, but it was a terrific start under coach Chip Kelly.

"The guys upstairs made the decision for a reason," Eagles running back LeSean McCoy told FoxSports.com. "When you do things like that, you have backup plans in your mind. You don't let one of the top wide receivers go and then not have anything to back it up. I'm sure coach Kelly and [general manager] Howie [Roseman], they'll be able to take care of it."