DeSean Jackson also was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He played 50 of the 59 snaps on offense but he was largely invisible. He has been out of the lineup since early in Week 1 and the Redskins hoped he would bring the big play back into the offense. His output was three receptions for 15 yards.
“I think he’s missed a lot of time,” said Gruden. “Number one, just getting lined up in the huddle and transferring the play calls to the field to the execution. It wasn’t quite there for us. And we didn’t have a lot of opportunities either really. And they had a good plan for him, but we just didn’t make any plays, and he caught a couple balls late. But, we just made nothing really happen on offense unfortunately to give him some opportunities.”
It was tough to expect a big game from Jackson coming off all the missed time, especially in a tough matchup against the Pats who are good at taking out a team's top threat. Jackson should continue to make progress, but perhaps a wait-and-see approach is the best plan of action for owners.