This NFL offseason saw former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson get cut and then quickly land a spot on the Washington Redskins.
As the Redskins’ newest receiver, Jackson will face the Eagles not once, but twice this coming season.
And, it is something he is really looking forward to.
Monday night, Jackson appeared on the Aresenio Hall show. He made sure he talked about just how many times the Redskins played the Eagles this season. I think he may have talked about it over 10 times, I guess just to refresh everyone’s memory.
The receiver said, “Oh yeah, twice. Two times, not once, twice.” I sensed some excitement from Jackson. Maybe a little bit too much excitement now that I think about it.
“I’m sure those two games, there’s gonna be something special about those two games, for sure. I gotta definitely go up on that,” Jackson said on the show.
Then again, can we blame him? I’m sure that the second he signed with the Redskins all that he thought about was the fact that he will play his former team twice. Those games will be his chance to prove himself.
Those games could very well decide the winner of the NFC East and I can only imagine what it will be like if Jackson helps give the Redskins that victory over the Eagles (although, I don’t think he will).
The NFL schedule for the 2014 season is will be released soon but most fans are already assuming that those two games will be televised nationally for everyone to see.
It was extremely obvious that Jackson used his appearance on the show has a set up to try and improve his image after being looked down on through the media before and after he was released from the Eagles. There was attention all over the receiver for apparent gang affiliations, his disrespect to his coaches and teammates, and his attitude and work ethic.
Jackson signed with the Redskins only five days after his release and he made himself look very good during many interviews and he made himself look especially good after his interview on the show. The audience loved him, there was no doubt about that. They all clapped for him for quite a long time.
His biggest goal right now should be to make sure his teammates view him in a positive way. True, it’s beneficial to win the media over but its better to make sure the people you will be working closely with for months view you in the best way, especially on a football team. That is what will be most important at the end of the day. His teammates won’t care about the things the media says as long as he proves his loyalty and work ethic in the locker room.
There was even a rumor that Jackson missed practices with the Redskins to be on the show but that’s not true. The players had the day off and Jackson took that time to reshape his image.
When asked if he felt there were some things he should change about himself due to what happened, Jackson was brutally honest with Hall.
“I’m an honest person, I’m a realist at the end of the day. I’m human, I’m not perfect. At the end of the day I came in the NFL 20 years old, so that was a lot given to me. Coming from where I came from I had to get along, I had to learn some things, I had to go through what I did to get to where I am now. I’m 27 now. I can definitely say I learned a lot. For sure I’m gonna do some things different but as far as like overall, being a bad energy in the locker room, none of that stuff ever occurred. I love my teammates.”
Jackson continued on to describe his release with the Eagles.
“It was almost unreal, honestly. My agent called me because I missed the call from [the] head coach, and I’m sitting there like, ‘What’s the reason behind it, what’s going on? Somebody tell me. Basically, [Chip Kelly] told me ‘I think it’s best for the team and I think it’s best for yourself [to part ways]. We’re gonna let you negotiate with 31 other teams.’ So I’m like, ‘Are you sure?’ I asked him one more time, I asked him what’s the reason, he said that’s what it was. I’m like, let’s get it started, let’s get it going.”
Weeks after the released, it is evident that Jackson and his former teammates did not feel any negative way about one another but what’s done is done. We will see Jackson on the field, he’ll just be in the other uniform this time and he can’t wait.