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DeSean Jackson, Robert Griffin III Work On Rhythm

Posted Jul 24, 2014

The Redskins signed dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson this offseason to add a dangerous weapon to quarterback Robert Griffin III’s arsenal. Now the two are working on establishing a good rhythm.

Redskins fans couldn’t help but envision a high-octane offense week after week when the team signed dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson this offseason.

And even though those thoughts aren’t going away anytime soon, both Jackson and quarterback Robert Griffin III know it will take some time before they’re clicking together on all cylinders.

Jackson and Griffin III on Thursday began another chapter together, as they participated in their first training camp practice as teammates. Although the two were unable get the crowd at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center going with any long passes down the field, they both said they’re excited to continue working on their chemistry.

“Me and DeSean, I think our chemistry is there,” Griffin III said. “One practice doesn’t tell you anything about chemistry. I know you guys don’t get to see us that often, but it was our first day back, we don’t use that as an excuse. But he knows if I miss him one time I'm going to get him the next and if he misses something then he'll make that play for me.”

Jackson said he’s looking forward to getting the opportunity to work with Griffin III in an actual game setting.

“It’s still early, but so far so good,” he said of his relationship with the quarterback. “We have a couple weeks before preseason games start, so we are going to keep working hard.”

The Redskins signed the 27-year-old Jackson April 2, adding an elite deep threat to an already-talented wide receiver corps that included Pierre Garçon, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, fellow free-agent signee Andre Roberts, as well as second-year tight end Jordan Reed.

Jackson is also coming off a career year with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2013, the three-time Pro Bowler established regular-season career highs in games started (16), receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) and matched his career high with nine receiving touchdowns.

The seventh-year pro said he really didn’t experience any butterflies heading into his first training camp practice as a member of the Redskins.

“I feel like I’ve got a pretty good head on my shoulders for how I have to come in and work,” he said. “There’s going to be times where things don’t go our way and where we mess up and go through strengths and go through weaknesses but we will figure it out together. This is a team game”

With the ability to blow the lid off any opposing team’s defense, Griffin III and Jackson both acknowledge their chemistry on the field can be key to making the difference between a win or a loss.

Griffin III said the chemistry is already there with Jackson, so once the timing is perfected – look out.

“That chemistry's there,” Griffin III said. “He's a dynamic football player and we look forward to him making dynamic plays.”

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