Jamison Crowder has always been a valuable component of the Redskins' offense, but against the New York Giants this past Sunday, Jackson quickly showed just how dangerous he can be when he gets separation from defensive backs.
It took Jackson and quarterback Trent Williams a total of 23 seconds in the second quarter to hook up on two pass plays – a 31-yarder and a 44-yard touchdown – which gave Washington some much needed momentum, as they'd eventually rally for a 29-27 victory over New York.
That level of swift production by Jackson didn't blow by NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, who recently compiled a list of his top-10 NFL deep threats. Jackson lands at No. 2.
This is what Wesseling had to say about Jackson:
"For most offensive schemers and play-callers, the great white whale is a game-breaking wideout with the difference-making speed to take the top off a defense and swing momentum," Wesseling said. "Since he entered the league with Philadelphia in 2008, Jackson has been the prototypical lid-lifter, flying past defensive backs to chase down deep balls like a Frisbee-catching pooch. Despite missing six games with a hamstring injury last season, Jackson leads all NFL receivers with eight receptions of 40 or more air yards since the start of 2014."
Jackson's approach to the game is pretty simple: he just goes out on the field, and gives it his all on every single play and lets the chips fall where they may.
"You got to go out there and play to the hardest you can," Jackson said. "It's football, things happen on the field. You lose, you win, however the matchup may come out. But you got a fight out there, so you got to keep fighting and keep putting the best thing out there on the field, keep your tempo on the field, that's all you can do."