Robert Griffin III took the snap and rolled out to his right, looking through his progressions before unleashing a deep pass along the right sideline. In the end zone ran DeSean Jackson, who hauled in the tight spiral for a touchdown, leaving the hapless defensive back five yards behind.
No crowd roared for Jackson's touchdown, as the pass came in a meaningless June minicamp practice drill against a cornerback unlikely to make the roster, but if he can catch deep passes from RG3 this fall, Redskins fans will roar. Jackson gives the Washington offense one of the best deep threats in the game, and should force opposing defenses to put less defenders in the box against running back Alfred Morris. With Jackson as a weapon, the Redskins' offense should be considerably sharper.
"Whatever play is called, I'm going to do my job to get open," Jackson said leaving the practice field Tuesday. "Whatever ball is thrown I'm going to do my best to get it."
Last season in Philadelphia, Jackson caught a lot of balls. He had a career year going for more than 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. At age 27, Jackson is in the prime of his career, and for whatever reasons the Eagles cut him, there have been no inklings of malfunction thus far in Washington.
"I'm having fun," Jackson said so far of playing with Washington.
After a spirited set of red zone drills that saw Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris loudly joke about Jackson's height, he's listed at 5'10", the receiver said he enjoyed the good-natured ribbing.
"He's crazy," Jackson said with a smile of Morris. He added that when teams are able to joke with one another means the players are getting along well.
"We;re just competing," Jackson said. "It's a great opportunity to be here."
The popular saying "speed kills" seems appropriate when talking about DeSean Jackson's skills. When nobody can keep up, height doesn't seem quite as important.