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Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  He at least did some individual work off to the side.  HC Jay Gruden expects to get a "good look" at D-Jax tomorrow and suggested that he could be a game-time decision.  Jackson figures to push to play against his old Eagles teammates this weekend.

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Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.  His injury isn't believed to be serious, and he has a chance to play against the Eagles this weekend.  Check back tomorrow for another update.

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Insider Jason Cole reports that there's no "serious structural damage" to Redskins WR DeSean Jackson's shoulder.  D-Jax is dealing with soreness on Monday, but it sounds like he has a good chance to be ready for this weekend's game against the Eagles.  We'll track his status throughout the week.

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Washington WR DeSean Jackson left in the 1st quarter of the game against the Jaguars after hurting his left shoulder.  The Jacksonville DB reached in to knock away a deep pass and then fell on him, with Jackson's shoulder hitting the ground first.  It was the 2nd time Washington had targeted Jackson deep within the 1st 3 drives.  We'll keep an eye on his status.  Andre Roberts steps up to the #2 WR role with Jackson out.

Update: Jackson has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

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Washington WR DeSean Jackson put in a full practice Monday after missing the preseason opener with a twisted ankle.  Jackson got hurt the day before the game when he got stepped on during the walkthrough, but he told reporters Monday that he'll be "flying around" in the 2nd exhibition.  Don't consider this an issue any longer unless Jackson endures some further setback.

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The Washington Post's Mark Bullock believes DeSean Jackson will play the Z receiver role in HC Jay Gruden's offense.  That's the position A.J. Green played for Gruden in Cincinnati for the past 3 seasons.  Green, of course, led the Bengals in targets all 3 years, with an average of 153.  We're not expecting Jackson to reach that mark in 2014.  He's not as talented as Green, and Washington has a deeper group of pass-catchers than Cincinnati.  But the target differential between Jackson and teammate Pierre Garcon won't be as big as most are projecting.  Both guys could finish as top 20 WRs this season.

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5 months ago

The Redskins have signed WR DeSean Jackson to a 3-year, $24 million deal.  The 'Skins were Jackson's most-interested suitor from the get-go and didn't let him leave Washington without signing the dotted line.  It's an exciting addition for an offense that already features explosive youngsters Robert Griffin, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed.  Jackson immediately becomes the team's primary deep threat.  He's unlikely to match last year's 126 targets, though, and is probably looking at a drop in production across the board.  We like this signing more for RG3 than D-Jax.

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5 months ago

The Eagles have released WR DeSean Jackson.  The move comes less than an hour after a report was published connecting D-Jax to an L.A. gang.  Jackson's off-field issues were certainly the driving force behind the move.  He proved a perfect fit in HC Chip Kelly's offense last year, setting career highs with 82 catches and 1,332 yards.  He matched a personal best with 9 TDs and finished among the top 12 WR across fantasy formats.  Despite the character concerns, Jackson's talent and age (27) guarantees that he finds a new home for 2014.  It won't be as inviting as Philly was, though.  His fantasy stock takes a significant hit with this news.  Meanwhile, the Eagles lose their most explosive pass-catcher.  They might look to replace Jackson with an early-round rookie, but Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper figure to open the season as the team's top 2 WRs.

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Eagles insiders Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez report that the team has become concerned with WR DeSean Jackson's ties to an L.A. gang that has been connected to a pair of homicides over the past 5 years.  Although Jackson isn't a suspect in either case, he has been contacted by authorities about his relationship with some of the gang members.  As of now, police have no "hard evidence" that he's a member of the gang.  Shorr-Parks and Perez's report adds that D-Jax has missed team meetings, which the organization believes is a result of "his friends becoming a more powerful -- and negative -- influence in his life."  And Eagles source added, "They are concerned about having him around the younger players."  This, of course, is likely a major reason the Eagles have discussed trading or releasing Jackson this offseason.  

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The Eagles are actively attempting to trade WR DeSean Jackson.  Previous reports had them merely listening to offers for the receiver.  Insider Jason La Canfora reports that Philly has "stepped up efforts" to find a taker, shopping D-Jax to "several teams."  The Seahawks, 49ers, Jets and Panthers are believed to be among those teams.  Jackson would be a welcome big-play addition to any of those squads, although his fantasy value would take a hit.  He busted out for a career-best 82-1,332-9 line in HC Chip Kelly's offense last year.  The Eagles have a couple capable WRs in Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, but neither provides the explosive ability or versatility of Jackson.  His loss would be significant for QB Nick Foles.

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Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly reports that the Eagles are listening to trade offers for WR DeSean Jackson.  The team has reportedly fielded queries from at least the 49ers and the Patriots.  Rumors to this effect have been swirling all offseason, as well as last year.  But this is the most concrete report from a local outlet.  The Eagles are reportedly "looking for a third-round pick and potentially more."  If true, that shows Jackson's fairly weak standing with the team that drafted him in the 2nd round and then re-signed him for 5 years and $47 million in March 2012.  At the same time, if that's the price and no one's paid it yet, it doesn't speak well of Jackson's league-wide reputation.  We'll see how this situation plays out.  If Jackson's indeed available and affordable, we'd expect some playmaker-needy franchise to take a chance on the 27-year-old speedster.  Salaries of $10.5 million in 2014 and $9.75 million the next 2 years will factor in as well, though.

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Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is looking for a raise this offseason.  He's coming off a career year that saw him rack up 82 catches, 1,332 yards and 9 TDs -- all matching or setting new personal bests.  Of course, HC Chip Kelly's innovative offense was a big reason for Jackson's big year.  Plus, he's set to make $10.25 million in 2014.  His average annual salary of $9.7 million is 8th-most among all WRs.  Jackson is fairly paid and is unlikely to get a new deal from Philly's front-office.  We'll see if this turns into any sort of holdout.

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10 months ago

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is active for today's game against the Raiders.  He was limited in practice this week, but there's been no indication that the ankle will be an issue today.  D-Jax is a strong fantasy play vs. a burnable secondary.

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10 months ago

CSN Philly reports that Eagles WR DeSean Jackson suffered a minor ankle injury in practice on Wednesday.  The team listed him as a limited participant and doesn't expect it to affect his status for Sunday's visit to Oakland.  Check out our Week 9 WR rankings to see whether you should start Jackson against the Raiders.

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