After a couple of quiet games, wide receiver DeSean Jackson hopes he can get more opportunities within the offense to be productive on the field.
Disappointed by his previous two outings, in which he's caught just four passes for a combined 40 yards, wide receiver DeSean Jackson hopes he can have much better production this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson showed some of his discontent against the Ravens after he and quarterback Kirk Cousins couldn't connect on some deep passes. He settled for three catches and 35 yards, noting that he's been playing to the best of his ability, but that his opportunities have diminished recently.
"I've got to go run my route and have to have an assist from my quarterback for me to do well," Jackson said. "Hopefully that assist will come around and hopefully sooner than later."
Jackson didn't express any malice towards Cousins while being questioned by the media however. After five games, he has 18 receptions for 278 yards and one touchdown, which came on a 44-yard deep pass against the Giants in Week 3, his longest reception of the season.
"I told Bruce – I was talking to Bruce Allen today – 'Things aren't hitting.' But as a wide receiver, that's what you want. You want to hit the ball, you want to score touchdowns, you want to catch long passes – things of that nature you want to do." Jackson said. "I just want to earn whatever it is I'm getting paid, I want to earn it. I want to go out there and produce. I want to produce for my team. Hopefully I can say I'll do that this Sunday. Hopefully it's not a one-catch or a three-catch game. Hopefully I'll go off and have 10 catches. But we'll see what the plan is. As long as we get the win, and beat the Eagles, that's all that matters I guess."
Head coach Jay Gruden acknowledged that it would be prudent to get Jackson, and all of his playmakers, the ball more, but that Cousins shouldn't feel as though he is forcing the issue.
"But when I wake up at 5:30 in the morning or 4:00 and [Jackson] is standing outside my garage with a baseball bat, I think I better get him the ball, you know," Gruden said jokingly.
Check out these photos of the Redskins' offense preparing for their Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.
Kidding aside, Jackson has provided an impact for the offense, regardless of whether he's made any receptions. Against the Browns, for example, he forced two defensive pass interference calls that totaled 71 penalty yards, instantly jump-starting momentum.
Jackson said he takes pride in contributing indirectly -- isolating a side of the field, spreading out defenders over the top – and that eventually things should click.
"He's just so talented and so capable of taking over a game and making an enormous difference in the outcome of the game that I want to be continuing to look for him and give him opportunities," Cousins said. "And he knows it better than anyone that he can help us win and he can make a big difference in the outcome of a game. So we're going to keep trying to find ways to get him the ball and make sure we don't miss opportunities that are there or were there."
Jackson hopes those opportunities will lead to more production.
"We're doing everything we can in practice to work on them and hopefully we can hit them down the road and hopefully this week will be a big week for us to hit some of that stuff," Jacksons said. "But we've got to stick with the plan, stick with the program, and hopefully works in hand."