The Redskins will expect more out of WR Josh Doctson this season, especially with the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon to other NFC teams in free agency while Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Brian Quick need time to acclimate to a new offense.
“I’m happy,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said last week at the NFL’s annual League Meetings in Phoenix when asked about the tweet. “That’s a big thing with him. We took it really slow. I think Larry Hess and the training room did a great job with him. We sent him to a lot of doctors to try and figure out what was wrong with him. We took it slow and I think he’s in a good place mentally and that’s half the battle. We’ll continue to gradually build him through OTAs and the mandatory camp so hopefully we’ll get him to full speed in training camp and go from there. I’m excited as heck to watch him play.”
Related players: Jamison Crowder
Former Washington WR DeSean Jackson expects to sign with Tampa assuming no breakdown in final negotiations, sources tell ESPN.
If Jackson has lost a step, it’s hard to tell. He averaged 17.9 yards per catch last year, which was his second highest average of his last six seasons. In 24 games over the last two seasons, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 64 yards and 0.33 TD, or 12.0 PPG in PPR formats. He’s been a little hit or miss fantasy-wise, but should see consistent targets as the complement to Mike Evans in Tampa. This is an upgrade for Jameis Winston, Evans (who won't see quite as much defensive attention) and Cameron Brate. In Washington, Kirk Cousins has lost his top two receivers.
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Speaking on Comcast SportsNet, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham talked about the potential return of Jackson this offseason when he becomes a free agent as if it was a done deal.
"I'm just happy because I kinda knew already. I've talked to him. I talked to him when Doug (Pederson) got hired. We have fun during the season. He's like, 'B.G. you know I'll be back, man,'" Graham said. "But now that it's official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you'll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean. ... I'm saying official as far as the end of season, now we're gonna really see."
Jackson did not return to the field after being listed as questionable. He was playing well coming into the game and was again emerging as a deep threat for QB Kirk Cousins. For now he's a question mark for Week 17.
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Related players: DeSean Jackson
Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:41pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 11. It looks like Jackson may be able to make his return this week against the Packers, though he’s still iffy. If he’s out, Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon and Vernon Davis all get a bump.
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Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. t looks like Jackson may be able to make his return this week against the Packers. If he does play, it would downgrade Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon and Vernon Davis from their current spots in our rankings.
DeSean Jackson's absence opens up targets for others -- and given the Redskins’ skill-position talent, that’s not bad at all. Jamison Crowder flourishes underneath because he has become an excellent slot receiver, but also because defenses focus extra attention elsewhere.
Jackson’s absence also means more time for Ryan Grant, a practice all-star who has yet to translate that into games. He does not possess deep speed and has never been a threat after the catch and stumbles too often. Perhaps Rashad Ross can scare a defense deep.
The story went on to say without Jackson, ironically, the Redskins might have more chances to go downfield in favorable coverages. Jackson scares teams on multiple routes -- deep crossers, for example; it’s also not just about speed as Jackson tracks the ball very well. Speed alone does not make you dangerous, but it certainly helps.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 10. Jackson has been ruled out, per multiple reports. Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed get a bump, while Ryan Grant will see his snaps increase, though he only has three catches for 27 yards on the year. Vernon Davis may actually be the one who sees a good bump in snaps.
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