Redskins plot to limit Jackson's action
When the Redskins last faced wide receiver-punt returner DeSean Jackson, the second-year star scored on a 57-yard touchdown pass and a 67-yard reverse in the Philadelphia Eagles' 27-17 victory in Week 7.
Jackson also averaged 10 yards on three returns, including a dazzling 29-yarder. Not surprisingly, Jackson is the focus of another installment of Special Teams Saturday With Lorenzo Alexander.
On Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, Washington defensive coordinator Greg Blache and special teams coordinator Danny Smith will spend much of their time focusing on one player: Jackson.
A second-round selection in the 2008 draft, Jackson has emerged as one of the league's top big-play threats. He has the ability to score whenever he touches the ball, as the Redskins could attest first-hand, and returning punts often gets him into a groove.
Philadelphia's opponents try to contain Jackson with a mixture of directional punting, hang time and coverage. The Redskins have one of the game's best punters in Hunter Smith, "and in Hunter, we have the capability to have a great punt with great hang time and directional punt," Alexander said. "With a guy like [Jackson], you like to directional punt to kind of keep him off guard and not give him the ball in the middle of the field. What we want to try to do is pin him down so we can corral him as a group."
Despite the best efforts of Philadelphia's opponents, Jackson is fourth in the NFL in punt returns with a 14.9-yard average. He has one touchdown and a long gain of 85 yards. On his 29-yarder against the Redskins, Smith's punt "was not one of Hunter's better punts, and our coverage wasn't that great, either, and it kind of goes hand in hand," Alexander said. "So when Hunter does have one of those few kicks when he's not booming it that huge, we have to be able to cover effectively, and we didn't do that."
Jackson also has 42 receptions for 728 yards (a 17.3-yard average) and five touchdowns. His longest reception covered 71 yards.
"You don't want a guy like that to get going at all," Alexander said. "All receivers and DBs kind of strive off success. Then they start feeling themselves, get cocky, and he's that type of guy. You let him get one play, he's going to start talking, start feeling good about himself, and he'll go from there."
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