At the time of this publication, DeSean Jackson's status is unknown. He remains with the Redskins following the NFL Draft, but after Washington selected rookie receiver Josh Doctson in the first round, there's speculation Jackson could be out of a job. It could come down to him or Pierre Garcon being released, but if Jackson remains with the Redskins then his Fantasy value will be limited. Jackson had a disappointing season in 2015 due to injuries, and he appeared in nine games due to shoulder and hamstring woes, finishing with just 30 catches for 528 yards and four touchdowns. The good news was of the eight games he played when he was close to 100 percent he had four with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. We hope he can still be a legitimate threat for Fantasy owners, but his status with the Redskins or a new team will determine his value. At best, you should treat him as a No. 3 receiver in the majority of leagues. He'll still have several good moments, but he could be slowing down since he'll be 30 this year. He's only worth drafting with a mid-round pick in most formats.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he isn't worried about Jackson's spotty attendance at voluntary offseason workouts, ESPN.com reports. "He has been here, he has popped in and had a cup of coffee," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Last time I looked up the word 'voluntary,' that is his choice, and he has been in the league nine years. He knows what type of shape he has to come in. Obviously, last year he pulled his hamstring, and some people say it was because he was out of shape, but he wasn't really." Whatever else his reputation might be, Jackson has never faced any serious questions regarding his conditioning, even after missing six games with hamstring injuries last season. Further alleviating any potential concern is the fact that he'll be playing in the same offensive scheme for a third straight season as he enters the final year of his contract. The Redskins did draft WR Josh Doctson at No. 22 overall, but GM Scot McCloughan said the team will retain both Jackson and Pierre Garcon, who is also entering the final year of his contract. Given Jackson's value as a top deep threat, Garcon is likely the one in real danger of losing snaps and/or targets to the rookie. Interestingly enough, the Redskins may actually be pleased with Jackson's lack of attendance, as he could've collected a $500,000 bonus if he'd shown up for 90 percent of the voluntary program.
Washington GM Scot McCloughan said the team's selection of wide receiver Josh Doctson should not be interpreted as a display of dissatisfaction with Jackson or Pierre Garcon, The Washington Post reports. With Jackson and Garcon both entering the final year of their respective contracts, Doctson's selection at No. 22 overall led to speculation that one of the veterans might be released. Cutting Garcon would save more money than cutting Jackson, and it also seems the former is less valuable from a pure football standpoint. However, the Redskins have strongly hinted that they plan to keep both players, which would alleviate some of the pressure on Doctson. It's still possible the rookie will push for playing time early on, but he's more of a threat to Garcon and Jamison Crowder than to Jackson.
Jackson (knee) is active for Sunday's contest at Dallas. Washington is already locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC, meaning Jackson's appearance may be nothing more than a cameo during the first possession or two of the game. If the preceding comes to fruition, Pierre Garcon could suffer a similar fate to Jackson, leaving plenty of WR reps for Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant (abdomen), and Rashad Ross.
Jackson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. There hasn't been any indication that Jackson's injury is serious, but with his team locked in as the No. 4 seed, there's no reason for him to play more than a few snaps. Even if he's active, it's safe to assume he'll be limited.
Jackson (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports. With the NFC East wrapped up, head coach Jay Gruden suggested early in the week that he may rest a number of key members of the team, including Jackson. If a respite helps Jackson approach full health for Wild Card weekend, Gruden will likely choose that route. However, Gruden may not make the final decision until 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 PM ET kickoff at Dallas in order to avoid showing his hand.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|11||11/21||Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|17||01/01||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||90||56||1010||6||37||18.04||137|