The Insider’s sampling of what folks outside The Post are writing about the Redskins:
Most people have probably covered their range of emotions on the addition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson to the Redskins. But if your interest hasn’t died down yet, and you’ve already read everything The Post has to offer on the subject, here’s some additional reading to satisfy your desire:
● Philadelphia Magazine’s Birds 24/7 blog has featured some of the most complete DeSean Jackson coverage online, and as Sheil Kapadia closes the book on Jackson for the Eagles fan, he touches on a lot of items of interest to Redskins fans. Kapadia lists 10 points, with the intention of separating myth from reality, and if your familiarity with Jackson is limited to watching him play against Washington twice a year before an intense interest developed last Friday, this post is for you.
Among the myths dispelled:
“[T]he idea that Jackson is a one-trick pony is off-base. His best strength is as a vertical threat who takes the top off the defense. But that’s not his only strength.
Jackson made plays in a variety of ways last year. When cornerbacks played off, he took advantage on hitches, screens, comebacks, etc. [Chip] Kelly did a great job of maximizing Jackson’s touches within the structure of the offense. That’s why he set a career-high with 82 catches.”
Kapadia included this tweet from Pro Football Focus to illustrate the point:
— John Breitenbach (@PFF_John) March 21, 2014
● 24/7’s Tim McManus sums up pretty well where Jackson goes from here:
“While the Eagles need to be questioned for the decision to part ways with such a talent (and how they went about it), Jackson needs to own some of this as well. Stars in their mid-20s don’t get cut out of nowhere. There was concern about his off-field behavior and associations. Has been for some time now. That goes beyond football. Some of those closest to him were worried; some of his tightest allies have been forced out of the inner circle. Part of the reason the Redskins were appealing to some close to Jackson is because of a “support network” that exists in the area. Ultimately, though, it’s up to Jackson to make some critical choices. …
Jackson is not without his flaws and has at times put personal interests in front of the team. But then, find me an NFL roster that has nothing but perfect “culture fits” on it. Headaches are part of the deal. It’s about having a strong locker room overall that can prevent those headaches from being infectious.”
● William Rhoden of the New York Times takes issue not with Jackson’s release, but how it went down.
● USA Today’s Jarrett Bell writes that Washington’s money might be well spent on Jackson:
“[T]wo contrasts seemed apparent Wednesday, perhaps suggesting a new route.
There was no grand news conference to introduce Jackson, which bucks tradition. Usually, Washington trots out the big addition with a jersey and photo op. Did it hold off because Jackson hinted that he’d like RG3’s No.10? Regardless, no photos, no podium.
The team low-keyed it with a conference call, during which Jackson described the reception from his new team as an “open-arms situation.”
That’s significant when weighing his departure from Philadelphia, where there was no outcry from his former teammates when Jackson was released.”
● ESPN’s John Keim shared 10 leftover thoughts on Jackson, including this one:
“While many want to portray this as a typical Dan Snyder signing, the sense I got this week is that the organization was all-in and the desire did not just derive from the owner. The coaches wanted receiver DeSean Jackson, too. In the past Snyder steered the ship and pushed for players maybe others did not want. That’s not the case here.”
● CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler looks at the details of Jackson’s contract.
● ESPN’s Dan Graziano writes that it’s up to Jackson to fix his reputation. The piece is fairly supportive of the wide receiver, and includes this:
“I wonder if he’s in the right environment to succeed. The Redskins have a new, inexperienced head coach in Jay Gruden. They have a 28-year-old first-time offensive coordinator in Sean McVay. They have an attention-magnet quarterback in Robert Griffin III who’s coming off a year that handed him a slate of his own problems to work out. The Redskins have lost locker-room leadership in recent years, most significantly with the retirement of London Fletcher.”
● ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha writes something that wasn’t mentioned much during the glee that followed Wednesday’s official signing: It could cause issues in the locker room.
“The last time we checked, there had been no clear explanation as to what role Griffin played in the disaster that was his relationship with Gruden’s predecessor in Washington, Mike Shanahan. …
If Griffin continues down that road, don’t be surprised if Jackson follows in lockstep. NFL players aren’t stupid. Most will exploit a situation if they think they can work it to their benefit. Even more will struggle to succeed in an environment that isn’t stocked with strong leadership and a clear vision for success. This is a major reason the Redskins have produced only four winning seasons since 2000.”
● CSN Philadelphia’s Geoff Mosher writes that playing the race card on the Eagles’ retention of Riley Cooper and release of Jackson obscures the facts.
● Apparently you can now bet on Jackson’s yardage total, and whether Griffin or Nick Foles will throw more touchdown passes next season. The odds might surprise Redskins fans.
● Keim writes that Redskins can now focus on defense in the draft. Mike Jones this morning posted a position-by-position rundown of the Redskins’ draft needs after adding Jackson and Ryan Clark. It’s linked below.
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Coverage from The Post:
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