Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson joined Dan Hellie and Willie McGinest on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Tuesday to chat about his first two months in Washington and promote his Wounded Warrior charity softball game on Saturday in Bowie.
“Honestly man, it feels great,” Jackson said of the transition to his new team. “I’m glad to have a second opportunity after that long process went on out there in Philadelphia with the Eagles and things. It’s been open hands. I’ve been getting some great relationships with RG and Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, and just the whole guys. Usually I’ve been a rival I like to say, but now it’s like I’m a part of them, so I gotta get in where I fit in, you know?”
When asked about Robert Griffin III, Jackson compared his new quarterback to two of his former teammates in Philadelphia.
“Well, I think he takes responsibility, he takes leadership,” Jackson said. “He’s one of them guys that’s here early and leaves late. And at the same time he knows what he’s doing; he’s very smart, very intelligent, and I see a lot of characteristics in him that I saw in Michael Vick and McNabb, and things like that. To be [that] caliber at a young age, you know, going on his third year, he’s one of them guys that’s out there encouraging everybody to do things the right way and holding everybody accountable at the same time. … From what it looks like to me, he’s out there doing everything, he’s not limping, he’s not favoring that knee, so that’s a great thing. He’s not out there running around with a knee brace, things like that, so in my eyes, he’s in top shape right now.”
McGinest, whom Jackson name-dropped as one of the reporters he respects during an interview with DJ Skee last month, then asked whether Jackson has something special planned for the Eagles when Washington and Philadelphia meet in Week 3.
“For sure that game, you already know I’m ready to turn it up,” said Jackson, who previously told Arsenio Hall there’s going to be something special about Washington’s two games against Philly.
McGinest, who was evidently looking for a juicier answer, followed up by asking if Jackson plans to “give them the business and show them that they made a mistake.”
“Oh yeah, definitely,” Jackson said. “I think about that every time I step on the field, especially with the legacy I have in Philadelphia and the things I’ve done for that organization. I left back a lot there, but I have to take it to D.C. now where we’re out here in Washington and I think there are some great players in addition to myself with Pierre, Santana, J-Reed, Alfred Morris, so the list continues. Here we have a group of guys that’s young, that’s energized, and that wants to win. And two years ago they won our division, so they’re familiar with that, but when that game comes, all I’m going to say is I’m going to do my thing and I’m going to put up what I need to put up. So I ain’t going to give nobody no extra things to talk about, but you know I’m going to do what I need to do.”
Hellie asked Jackson why he elected to come to Washington after leaving the Eagles.
“That’s a good question,” Jackson said. “Honestly, man, I had a couple offers to stay home in California and do things like that with a couple teams out there, but there was something genuine about when I came to Washington. It was one of my first trips I took. Jay Gruden, Ike Hilliard, Bruce Allen, Dan Snyder, they made me feel welcome.”
“Wale?” Hellie interjected.
“You know Wale my boy,” Jackson said with a laugh. “But they just made me feel welcome. RGIII the whole time. It kind of made me feel like when I was in high school. You have that process where people are recruiting you. [DeAngelo Hall], you know me and him kind of used to go back and forth on that field, just to be able to sit back and analyze that situation, it felt the right spot for me to be here. … It just felt home. That’s the biggest thing I can say. They made me feel like it wasn’t worth leaving here. They were like, man we’re not going to let you leave, we’re going to get this deal done. You’re going to be here. So that’s what it was.”