Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson this week returned to the practice field for his first round of OTA work, and says he already likes what he sees.*
DeSean Jackson has had a busy offseason.
So when the veteran wide receiver wasn't on the field last week for the Washington Redskins' first three days of OTA practices, he was faced with scrutiny by those not within the organization about the three-time Pro Bowler's whereabouts.
Jackson answered those questions on Wednesday.
"I had personal things that I had to do back home," the California native told reporters after the team's practice. "It's a lot going on, but I was able to handle that and do what I needed to do that was important in my life."
Jackson said he communicated with head coach Jay Gruden and his teammates about his whereabouts, receiving their blessing to return to the practice field this week.
Those outside critics who have a problem with that are of no bother to Jackson.
Check out images from the Washington Redskins' OTA practice on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
"Like I said, my head coach, my teammates, the people here in this building knew about my whereabouts and things like that," said Jackson, who told reporters Wednesday he has a newborn baby on the way. "So as far as any critics or anybody else I don't play for them and I don't worry about them."
Jackson said it's felt "great" to get back in the swing of things this week. He had his first OTA practice on Tuesday and said it's always a good feeling to actually get on the field and work with his teammates.
"I've been working out but it's a little different when you come to play football and run routes, do team seven on seven and things like that," he said. "It feels good to be back out here with my teammates. The energy is up and the level is high so I'm happy to be here."
That feeling wasn't lost on Jackson's teammates, either.
"We know all the plays he can make and the type of dynamic he brings to the offense," left tackle Trent Williams said Wednesday. "Yeah, definitely seeing him out there kind of gives everybody a little boost."
That boost was felt by Jackson, who said "the mood is great" at practices as the team focuses on major improvement in 2015.
"It's a lot of new additions and a lot of new teammates and a lot of new coaches and things like that, so like I said, I'm just excited about the energy out here," he said. "It's a high level of intensity and guys are flying around."