Washington Redskins wide receiver Desean Jackson is still a game time decision for the team’s week six matchup against the New York Jets this Sunday. Over the past two weeks he has participated in a high percentage of the Redskins practices, although his participation has been limited to mostly individual drills in most of those practices.
Coach Jay Gruden wants to take things slow with the veteran wideout and says he needs to be sure he’s 100 percent before sending him back onto the field. Jackson appeared to be more active in practice on Thursday, as he was able to work fully during individual drills and even preformed in one-on-one drills against cornerbacks.
This is good news for DeSean Jackson’s fantasy owners, as it seems he is starting to regain his explosiveness, which we all know is an essential skill to his game. Gruden did comment that Jackson “had an issue here or there”, but its safe to say that coach Gruden is just being meticulous.
Jackson plays an important role in the Redskins offense as their big play threat and go-to receiver. The Redskins would benefit tremendously if he is able to be out there on the field on Sunday, especially against a New York pass defense that boasts Darrelle Revis. Jackson could see limited playing time as the Redskins try and ease him back into the offense, however, so fantasy owners could expect rookie Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon to steady targets once again.
The Jets pass defense has given up 25 receptions thus far this season to slot receivers, potentially making Jamison Crowder a strong fantasy sleeper. Crowder has established career highs in receptions in three consecutive weeks and could very well do it for the fourth week in a row.
Jackson could still be nearing his return this week, but reportedly exited Thursday’s practice with another issue with his ailing hamstring.
Gruden said DJackson had twinge after going out for deep ball today; took himself out of practice and stayed out. Still hopeful Sun return
— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) October 15, 2015
It remains to be determined if he’ll suit up for the first time since week one.