Washington Notes: Jackson, RGIII, Pot Roast

Washington tight end Jordan Reed has dealt with a litany of health issues since breaking into the league in 2013. Given his knee injuries, concussions, and hamstring troubles, a reader asks CSNWashington.com’s Rich Tandler if he feels that Reed will be a focal point of the offense in 2015, if healthy. Tandler can see Reed starting out the year playing about 50% of the snaps with his workload increasing to 70% if things go well. At that point, Reed could theoretically cement himself as a key member of the offense, though Tandler notes that his workload has never been especially high. Here’s today’s look at Washington D.C…

  • Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson said the Eagles “tried to blow me up” with a “smear campaign” after his release in 2014, John Keim of ESPN.com writes. “When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn’t true. It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL,” Jackson said on his new TV show. Jackson went on to boast about how he has made the most of his “second chance to play in the NFL” after a strong season with Washington. In 2014, Jackson caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Former Washington quarterback Mark Brunell has defended Robert Griffin III against critics before, but it appears that he is no longer in his corner, as Scott Allen of the Washington Post writes. “I do not [think he can play in the NFL],” Brunell said on ESPN. “From what I’ve seen the last couple of years — listen, he burst onto the scene and that was impressive — but like I said, he has gone backwards. It’s not just his decision-making, it’s his fundamentals. He’s taking too many hits, he’s quick to get out of the pocket. Last year was difficult to watch. Does he have the skill set? Yes, but we haven’t seen it in some time.” Washington exercised Griffin’s 2016 option back in late April.
  • Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com looked at the nose tackle position behind prized offseason acquisition Terrance Knighton. With the ability to play both defensive end and nose tackle, Kedric Golston might have a leg up on the competition. That leaves Jerrell Powe and Robert Thomas on the roster bubble. Powe was signed on June 1st after appearing in 16 games last season for the Texans with three starts. Thomas, meanwhile, spent most of last season on the taxi squad after signing on as a UDFA.
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