Redskins’ DeSean Jackson says hamstring is ‘just a little tight’


DeSeanJackson on his hamstring injury: “It’s all right. Not too bad. No big issue.” (Rick Lipski / Associated Press)

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson injured his left hamstring Thursday during offseason practice at Redskins Park.

Jackson, the Redskins’ top acquisition in free agency, tweaked his hamstring while running a deep route. After being overthrown by quarterback Robert Griffin III, Jackson sat out the rest of the session.

“Just a little tight,” Jackson said. “It’s all right. Not too bad. Not no big issue.”

Fortunately for the Redskins, Jackson has fit in well since joining the team in April. In late March, the Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson – who had an in-game shouting match with his position coach on the sideline last season and reportedly missed team meetings – despite his impressive performance in six seasons with the team. Last fall, Jackson had 82 catches, 1,332 yards (a 16.2-yard average) and nine touchdowns.

The Redskins have embraced him, Jackson said.

“I’m a new, unfamiliar face here,” said Jackson, a 2009 first-team all-pro selection as a punt returner. “Just really rubbing elbows with the guys and putting in the work right now.

“Offseason is a good opportunity to get your feet wet, especially for myself. I’ve been a rival to the Redskins. Being here, everything has been going good. Getting in where I fit in.”

New Redskins Coach Jay Gruden will rely on the speedy Jackson to provide a deep threat in the passing game. The team has lacked a big-play wideout since Santana Moss, who turns 35 in June, was younger.

“We have a good group of guys here,” Jackson said of Washington’s receiving corps, which also includes top receiver Pierre Garcon and newcomer Andre Roberts. “They’ve done some great things and produced in the NFL for many years.”

Jackson understands what is expected of him. “I have a job to do, which is to go out there and produce,” he said. “Anything I can do to help contribute to this team winning games, doing what I need to do as a professional, that’s what matters the most. … I just go forward in my life and continue to move on and do great things.”

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Jason Reid is a sports columnist with the Washington Post. He joined the Post’s Redskins team in 2007 after 15 years covering many beats at the Los Angeles Times.
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