Washington Redskins’ DeSean Jackson has said no one will be able to stop him, not even the best cornerbacks in the NFL, according to reports.
The wide receiver was asked according to ESPN how his teammate, cornerback Chris Culliver, challenged him during practice he made his point of view perfectly clear.
He said: "I don't think no one can guard me. It's how I feel about myself. I don't feel no one can stop me. You can get Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman -- whoever you want to get."
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Jackson has always been known as one of the quickest and agile players ever since he joined the league in 2008. Defenses have always had problems against Jackson whenever he is on the opposing team. Especially when going deep down field.
Jackson averaged 20.88 yards-per-catch last season, nearly three more yards than any other wide receiver. He also had 13 of his catches for 40 yards or more, five more than any other wideout.
The three-time Pro Bowler said: "I always love to do more. Whatever opportunity I get to make a play I'll make the most of my skills. To score touchdowns, to have energy, to light my team up, to get everyone riled up, to continue to go on the field and play at a high level.
“I just try to set the tempo, playing at a high level and everyone else can follow."
No doubt does Jackson try and set the tempo. We’ve seen this countless times on highlight reels on the NFL Network and on YouTube. Two clips that stay clear in my head of this ability.
The first clip is the famous 65-yard punt return for a touchdown against the New York Giants, giving his team at the time, the Philadelphia Eagles, the win in week 15 of the 2010 season.
The second clip comes from the week before where he scored a 91-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, celebrating in flamboyant style.
You might say, 'here's never done it for the Redskins though', but oh wait, he has! In a game against the Arizona Cardinals in October 2014, Jackson caught a short pass for a 64-yard touchdown.
As shown on the Redskins.com, he was being marked by cornerback Patrick Peterson and he used his speed to beat the four-time Pro Bowler.
Since being selected in the second round in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Eagles, Jackson has averaged 17.68 yards per catch, and 48 catches for 40 yards or more, which is 11 more than any other player.
Last year, the Redskins wanted their quarterbacks to have more faith in their receivers, like Jackson, when throwing downfield. Jackson has the ability to break away from defensive backs with ease because of his speed, and this is something his team wants to take advantage of.
The wide receiver said of his connection with his quarterbacks at the Redskins: "We have that relationship if I feel I can get past a defender and tell him just out-throw the defender, I'll run to get it.
“But you don't want it to be forced. You want it to be the right time because if you're just forcing things they might come up with an interception."
The Redskins will look to utilize Jackson more when they incorporate the play-action more into their offense, something which the wide receiver is looking forward to.
"You have linebackers and safeties that when they see that fake, they're running up so fast," Jackson said.
"That split second allows me to get over the top. As long as we run the ball more and let people see that, we'll be all right."
Entering his second year with the Redskins under his three-year contract, Jackson will be looking to keep on improving and put his words from this interview into action.
We’ll be able to see how this turns out on October 18 when the Redskins go up against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Jackson vs Revis. Who will come out on top?
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