DeSean Jackson was targeted four times and made two receptions in Monday night’s 24-23 preseason victory over the Browns.
It wasn’t a lot of action, but it was enough for Jackson to declare his Washington debut a success.
“It felt great,” Jackson said. “Second preseason game; I missed the first one. Me and Pierre [Garçon] was able to get out there after missing the first preseason game and just fly around and get on the same page as [Robert Griffin III] and just do some great things.”
He added: “I think we had a couple of great drives. It felt great to get out there and play finally.”
Jackson hauled in a pair of passes for 34 yards—one went for 11 yards and the other for 23—in a little over a quarter with the Redskins’ first team offense.
Jackson also dropped a pass and was the intended target on Griffin’s poorly thrown interception. ProFootballFocus.com credited Jackson with gaining 11 yards after the catch.
Asked about running short routes, Jackson said Redskins fans will soon find out that he’s more than just a deep threat.
“People don’t really realize that I can do it all—short, deep and mid-range,” Jackson said. “I just like to consider myself an all-around receiver. Don’t look at me as just being a deep threat. Making short passes into long gains is something I love to do. The opportunities will present itself and I’m gonna go out there and make the most out of it.”
On Saturday, Jackson expects to plays the entire first half against the Ravens. He says it will be another—and perhaps best—opportunity to get into rhythm with the Redskins’ offense and Griffin. Washington's starters aren't expected to play in the preseason finale in Tampa.
“I think we’ll play a half,” he said. “[Monday], we played like a quarter and a series or two into the second quarter. We’ll get out there [at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore] and play two quarters versus a very good team, very physical team with a great defense. …Honestly, I’m just looking forward to that first week in Houston. We got two more [preseason] games and from there, that’s when the real deal is and when everything counts.”