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DeSean Jackson Showcases Vertical Threat

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson hauled in passes of 57 yards and 60 yards Monday night against the Seahawks to spark the offense with his energy.

When the ball is placed in Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s possession – especially with open field ahead – good things tend to happen.

That was the case Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, when Jackson scored a 60-yard touchdown late in the second quarter and followed it up with a 57-yard grab early in the third quarter.

“Those two plays showed how good he is,” said quarterback Kirk Cousins. “It’s just a matter of finds ways every week to get him the football.”

The touchdown play started with Cousins escaping a collapsing pocket.

With the extra time to create separation, the speedy wide receiver created just enough space between himself and Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Richard Sherman to haul in the football.

Catching it at the 23-yard line, Jackson slipped out of a Sherman tackle attempt and scampered on into the end zone for the score.

Brought to Washington to bring a vertical component to the offense, the 60-yard touchdown was the 19th of Jackson's seven-year career covering 50 yards or more – most in the NFL during that span and 10th-most in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

No. 18, of course, came in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles when he scored an 80-yarder.

While the 60-yarder is an example of the type of dimension he enjoys bringing to the Redskins, Jackson wishes it would have come in a winning effort.

“It does feel good to make big plays and help my team win and spark energy, but it would have felt a little bit better if we won,” he told the media after the game. “We’ll just continue to figure out what we need to do to win.”

Cousins said with more game action together, he’s hoping the learn more about  the one-of-a-kind talent Jackson possesses.

“I’m still learning what it’s like to play with a guy like DeSean,” Cousins admitted after the game. “He’s in a category all in his own, and it takes some time to build that chemistry and learn how talented he is, how you can let the ball go and goes and gets it.”

With so many new weapons on the offense and only five games with the team under his belt, Jackson said the offense will continue to grow in the coming weeks.

“It’s a process,” he said. “New coach and getting a lot of new experience and things like that. It’s a lot of new players added to the team here, so we’re trying to find our identity and continually go out there and give us a chance to win.”

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