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Does DeSean Jackson Make The Redskins The Favorite To Win The NFC East Next Season?

Submitted by on April 2, 2014 – 11:31 amNo Comment

That didn’t take very long. Less than a week after the Philadelphia Eagles decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson—reportedly because of his alleged “gang ties”—the speedy wide receiver has decided to ink a deal with the Washington Redskins. He is set to sign a three-year deal worth approximately $24 million this morning and, effective immediately, he will be right back in the NFC East, which is the same division he’s played in for his entire NFL career as a member of the Eagles. He will also join a wide receiving corps that includes Pierre Garcon, who caught more passes than anyone else in the entire league last year. So does that mean that the Redskins are now the favorite to win the NFC East during the 2014-15 NFL season?

A lot of people are saying yes to that question. They believe that now that quarterback Robert Griffin III has running back Alfred Morris, Garcon, and Jackson at his disposal, the ‘Skins will be unstoppable. However, there are still a lot of question marks around the immediate future of the Redskins franchise. Their head coach Jay Gruden is only in his first season with the team. RGIII is coming off an awful year that saw him take a step back after putting together a really solid rookie campaign. And there’s no guarantee that Jackson will be a good fit in Washington’s offense. There are also going to be tons of headlines swirling around Jackson in the months to come, which could serve as a big distraction for everyone in Washington. So don’t pencil the Redskins in as the NFC East favorites just yet.

It will be interesting to see how Jackson fits into the Redskins’ plans, though. One of the things that intrigued him about the idea of signing in Washington is that he’ll get the chance to play against the Eagles twice next season. And we’re betting that he’s going to be plenty motivated after everything that he’s been through over the course of the last few days. So we expect him to be ready to go once September rolls around and to give the Redskins offense a big boost. But it’s still too early to be able to tell whether or not that boost will propel the Redskins to the top of their division.

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