DeSean Jackson says facing the Eagles in '14 will be 'emotional'

DeSean Jackson says facing the Eagles in '14 will be 'emotional'
April 3, 2014, 11:00 am
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Although the NFL schedule won’t be released until mid-April, you can probably imagine which two games new Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson will circle on it.

“I definitely will be very excited about the opportunity that is presented, regardless of who we’re playing,” Jackson said. “Obviously me coming from the Eagles, that will definitely be emotional and a big game. But I like to say every game that we’ll play this year will be the same way.”

Jackson, a 27-year-old three-time Pro Bowler, signed a three-year, $24 million contract with $16 million in guaranteed money on Wednesday—six days after being dumped by Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

"Like I said before, it was a humbling experience for myself, me being at the peak of my career and doing some great things in this league the first six years,” Jackson said. “I think I'm very humbled for me to be where I'm at and for me to be able to be released like that.”

Now, he’ll get to face his former coach and teammates twice each season in the NFC East.

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“You know, I’ve never been to the visiting locker room in The Linc [Lincoln Financial Field] before,” Jackson added, “so somebody will probably have to show me the way to get there.”

Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins says he expects  Jackson to play with a chip on his shoulder, particularly against the Eagles.

“It’s a unique situation, and kudos to the Redskins for taking advantage of it, giving him a great chance to come in and make a difference,” Cousins told “And from the way I look at the situation, a guy like that is going to have a chip on his shoulder, especially when you play your former team two times a year. You’re going to be motivated. You’re going to want to prove something.”