DeSean Jackson showed up for the first time to the Washington Redskins’ voluntary workouts on Monday. He skipped the first week of workouts to enjoy a nice vacation. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver shared the weight room with his new teammates for the first time since signing a three-year contract with the team back in April 2.
There was little debate about what number he would wear since Robert Griffin III already wears number 10. The question was answered last week when Jackson selected number 11 to wear. The former Philadelphia Eagle wore number 1 back when he played for Cal, but due to NFL rules, he can’t wear that number.
Since the Redskins hired a new head coach, Jay Gruden, they were allowed to begin voluntary team workouts this early. This rule was established in the new collective bargaining agreement after the NFL lockout of 2011. This way, players and coaches can get to know each other better before the official football season begins.
Getting DeSean Jackson and other free agent receiver Andre Roberts from the Arizona Cardinals was a huge upgrade in the passing game for the Redskins. With new weapons to throw to, a lot of pressure will be taken off of Pierre Garcon, who had a career-year in Washington last season with 113 receptions for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns. Adding Jackson and Roberts to the arsenal will clearly help Griffin move into the right direction in his progression as an NFL quarterback.
Also having Jackson showing up to the voluntary workouts shows character and good work ethic. The culture of Washington has definitely been up in the air lately. Griffin changed that in his rookie season, but because of his injury, he was unable to produce last season as well as he did in 2012. With him healthy and Jackson showing he has what it takes to be a great teammate, the Redskins look like they are moving in the right direction as a team with one purpose.
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