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.
Jackson hauled in four receptions for 56 yards in Friday's win over the Bills. Jackson made a triumphant return to the field after being a healthy scratch from the previous preseason game against the Jets. He led the Washington wideouts in receptions, which included a 39-yard catch. The veteran won't play next week against the Buccaneers, as head coach Jay Gruden has already confirmed that all the starters will rest.
Jackson was a healthy scratch for Friday's preseason win versus the Jets, Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post reports. The Redskins opted to hold out three mainstays of the aerial attack, with Jackson joining Kirk Cousins and Pierre Garcon in street clothes. Expect Jackson to return to action Friday against the Bills in what will be a dress rehearsal for the regular season.
Jackson hauled in his only target for a five-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game against the Falcons. Most of the Washington starters only played one drive, as is to be expected in the initial preseason game. Jackson should see more snaps in the next two exhibition contests, but the main goal is just to keep him healthy, as he's already locked in to a starting role on the outside. Josh Doctson (Achilles/ankle) could eventually push for snaps, but he's probably more of a threat to Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder than to Jackson.
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.
|* 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|