Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 50) and tackle Trent Williams (No. 47) were named to the NFL Network's "Top 100 Players Of 2015" countdown Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 50) and left tackle Trent Williams (No. 47) were revealed Wednesday on the NFL Network's "NFL Top 100 Players Of 2015" list.*
The Washington Redskins' offense features the league's top deep threat and one of the game's preeminent left tackles.
So it should probably come as no surprise that both are considered by their peers to be among the best 50 players in the NFL.
Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson – who came in at No. 50 – and left tackle Trent Williams – at No. 47 – on Wednesday were revealed on the NFL Network's "NFL Top 100" list. They join teammate Ryan Kerrigan, who was ranked No. 78 on May 20.
Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, moved up 13 spots from his 2014 ranking (No. 63). Last season, his first with the Redskins, he averaged 20.9 yards per reception on 56 catches, becoming the first member of the Redskins to finish a season as the NFL leader in yards per reception since Henry Ellard in 1996.
In all, Jackson played in 15 games with 13 starts, leading Washington with 1,169 receiving yards on 56 receptions and a team-best six receiving touchdowns.
The Redskins made it a priority to sign Jackson after his sudden release from the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles in March 2014.
"I think what we've seen is what we've gotten – a dynamic playmaker," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson last season. "He's been outstanding. He runs his routes excellent and the quarterbacks all like him, the players seem to like him. I don't have any issues with him. But he's been the player we thought he would be."
Williams, meanwhile, fought through an injury-plagued 2014 season to still play and start in 15 games, earning his third Pro Bowl selection in the process.
Each year, the sixth-year Oklahoma product has gained more and more respect among his peers. He also had a 13-spot jump from the previous season (60th in 2014).
"I don't think there is anything Trent can't do," Gruden said. "Trent's a special player. He's one of the guys that when you watch practice film, he is the first guy I usually watch. He's fun to watch. He's got great feet. He's athletic. He's strong. He's taken over the offensive line. He is a leader. People all look up to him."