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Need to Know: Can the Redskins get the most out of Jackson in 2014?

Apr 7, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 7, 31 days before the NFL draft.

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Five quick thoughts about the Redskins as they start up their offseason workout program:

1. Will the Redskins maximize Jackson’s talents this year? I’m looking at what Mike Wallace did in Miami last year. I see a decent number of catches (73) but a pedestrian 12.7-yard per catch average, a career low. Jackson averaged 16.2 per grab last year. Can the Redskins make that happen this year?

2. Ryan Clark is an upgrade at safety and Jason Hatcher will be a handful for opposing lines to deal with. Barring an impact draft pick that will be the extent of the personnel improvement on defense. Can Jim Haslett’s scheme take that and substantially improve the performance of the defense? On paper it can but we will have to see.

3. In addition to the scheme, another key to the defense improving will be Perry Riley. He will be the man in the middle calling the signals. Of course, that has been London Fletcher’s job since he came to the team in 2007. Fletcher took Riley under his wing early on but it takes years to develop the instincts that he built over the years. We will see if Riley can pick up where Fletcher left off.

4. A lot of people were rolling their eyes over the weekend when Robert Griffin III pumped up his new Instagram account on Saturday and used it to introduce his new logo on Sunday. Oh well. Still much better than a year ago when his tweets were veiled messages and we kept hearing that he was “ahead of schedule” on his knee rehab. I’ll take an overhyped logo unveiling any day.

5. Even before the acquisition of Jackson, many were wringing their hands worried about Alfred Morris not getting enough work to be effective. But Jay Gruden had some pretty effective receivers in Cincinnati and in his three years there the Bengals were 10th, 17th, and 8th in the league in rushing attempts. You won’t see Morris suffering from a lack of work.

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  1. scirishhoss - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Even if Jackson doesn’t put up off the chart type numbers he’s still gonna help the offense. He’s a legit threat opposite of Garcon. We have one of the top pairs of wide receivers in the NFL now. To go along with a improved offensive line and established running game and a young up and coming Jordan Reed. Safe to say Roberts is a upgrade in the slot as well. Everything will hinge on Robert Griffin III. But this offense has the ability and players to get back to 2012 form, hell even better.

    Defensively we should have a good front seven. I love our DL rotation, we have beefed up our LB corps a ton. Adding Ryan Clark brings a much needed veteran to the secondary but hopefully Phillips can take his job by mid-season. Porter is an upgrade from a cover standpoint over Wilson.

    Special Teams. Jackson gives us a legit threat at punt returning, Old Rocca is no longer here as well. We’ve added Heyward, Jordan, and Sharpton who all excel on Special teams. We’ve improved the depth pretty well and we haven’t even had the draft yet.

    With all that said, I’m realistic. New Coach, fresh start. We won 3 games last year… My prediction is we bounce back and get around 8 wins. 2015 is when we can really do some work I believe. Another offseason to build the roster up. Legit concerns along the offensive line and the secondary.

  2. winskins - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    This whole Instagram thing is a signal that the reins are looser under Gruden. It’s a bit worrying, at a time when strong leadership will be needed to keep the strong personalities pulling in the same direction. I’m glad Gruden isn’t using the media to spin things, the way Shanahan did. But I gotta say that the Instagram logo looks bad on RG3. He should never have done it. Leaders need to lead on the field. If he can get it done this year, my attitude will be different. Right now this fan is not impressed.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Looser? Really? Do you remember all of the various campaigns leading up to his rookie year? The “all in for week one”? Refresh my memory if I’m wrong, but weren’t these under Shanahan?

      Look, the guy signed a marketing agreement. Under it he has to, well, market. And I’m not exactly sure how setting up an Instagram account and sending a few tweets keeps him from leading on the field. Maybe you could explain?

      • manchild157 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Let Griff make his money and market himself on the side. Would fans me more agreeable to him initiating a new contract? The kid has stayed out of the limelight this off season. Nothing to get fan’s collective pants in a bunch over.

      • winskins - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        I just don’t see RG3 being able to brand himself during all the conflict this past year. Do you really think Shanahan would have been happy about this? I think Shanahan would read it as an attempt to get around him somehow, and make a play for more star power. Maybe I’m misreading the situation…

        I forgot about the marketing agreement, but I still agree with the comments in other websites that fans would prefer to see RG3 rebound from the bad year, first. It makes all the logo talk seem empty, because it opens him up to the haters. Don’t get me wrong, I also think RG3 got caught up in a media storm last year that had little to do with his true character. So playing into that media storm right now just seems like the wrong signal to me. I really think RG3 and the team as a whole are going to have a great year this year. They all have a lot to prove. I just kinda wish they would prove it first, and do the media stuff later.

        • Rich Tandler - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

          Still confused why you wonder if Shanahan would be happy about this when the massive 2012 marketing campaign rolled on and the “all in” commercial went out last year.

          Maybe both Gruden and Shanahan simply realize that in the grand scheme of things these commercial enterprises take up very little time and that Griffin spends more than enough time preparing for the season. They are a big deal to some fans and some members of the media but the guys in the locker room know what’s up and they generally tend not to care (sure, there are a few envious types in every locker room).

          Also don’t get how this is a “storm”. A few media types are tweeting about it and some on Twitter and on Extremeskins are up in arms.

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      • kenlinkins - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        Rich: I agree 100%, I do not understand the why a marketing logo would up set so many Redskins fans. RG3 signed that deal right after he was drafted, it pays him a ton of money and no one in his right mind would walk away from that kind of cash. For some reason, Redskins fans are still hurting from the 3-13 record of 2013 and many seem to blame RG3 or at lease feel that his ego some how caused most of the problems. Football fans understand that many areas fell apart in 2013, not just the QB position. Was RG3 part of the problem, YES, does he have to bounce back in 2014 for the Redskins to make a run at the NFC East title, YES, but will the new marketing Logo have anything to do with the 2014 record, NO! The good news is that these will be the same fans to jump back on the band wagon if the Redskins are in the hunt come late Dec!

    • rebelsrevelations - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      But the logo wasn’t to glorify RG3 himself, as you suggested.
      It was done to thank his family, friends, and supporters. He made that clear in an instagram post, which was attached to the logo! Besides, it’s his right, and he hurts no one. You folks need to police up your own yards, and let free Americans be free! He’s a great guy, and a real warrior on the field. Who do you allow to tell you how to live your life, or what you can, or can’t do?
      Give it a rest already!

  3. internetcareer - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Here is an angle on all these RG3 marketing agreements.

    the most hated team in Washington, the DALLAS COWBOYS, are in trouble. I don’t know if anybody else has realized this but next season, Romo has a 27 Million dollar cap number…..and Dez Bryant is a free agent at the same time. I am dying laughing at this predicament for Jerry Jones.

    They have to either CUT Romo or redo his contract which just delays the pain into 2016. and I believe they will have Contract problems with Bryant who is only earning 2 million dollars this season. Next years off season will be fun to watch as the cap situation, bad this year, gets even worse in Dallas. The Cowboys are on the verge of a total and absolute COLLAPSE.

    WITH THAT SAID…..I hope Bruce Allen and RG3 take note of the Cowboy situation because you just can’t have your QB making so much money that your team cannot fill other needs. A liveable wage is important but if Griffin ends up in 2 years demanding 150 million dollar contract and a 50 million dollar bonus….then the Skins will end up with the same situation that Dallas is about to enter.

    SO..perhaps all these marketing agreements will end up helping the Redskins if Griffin makes more money outside of football.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Griffin’s pay is going to be set by what the market is for him at the time his contract is up.

      That’s just the way it works. Thanks to the NFL rule changes that favor the passing offense, QBs get far more money (and draft status) than they used to.

      And RBs get far less. Frankly, I don’t think the game has changed for the better.
      ~

      • manchild157 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Dallas has been pushing salaries to the future for years and it is catching up. Went on that site Sunday morning and Redskin fans are downright pacifist compared to the posters in their far forum.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Sorry, but nonsense. Dallas is not in cap trouble because of the Romo contract per se. They are in trouble because of the way they have handled other contracts like the one they gave Miles Austin, the way they restructured Ware, the restructure of Doug Free, et al. Note how the Ravens will be going into the second year of a deal with Flacco making more per year than Romo does. Note how the Broncos have had no cap issues despite Manning’s $20 million per year salary. Ditto Packers-Rodgers.

      RG3 will get his market value. And then it’s the job of the GM to draft properly and have enough productive players on cheap first contracts to be able to manage things. It’s not really that hard.

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    • kenlinkins - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Marketing agreement never have any effect on a teams record, never have, never will. If they did, players would pay the marketing companies and not the other way around.

  4. The Fixer - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I don’t know why people are so he’ll bent on making a big deal out of the logo. Like Jay Gruden said, it’s not like Griffin had to take the time out to design it. He has marketing specialists and creative design people Adidas hired to do that kind of stuff. All he had to do was promote it by posting it on the web and attaching his name. Please let’s give the kid a break.

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