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Are the Redskins pushing DeSean Jackson out?

Are the Redskins pushing DeSean Jackson out?

A DeSean Jackson return to Philadelphia has been a rumor swirling around since the former Eagles wide receiver was noted saying that he would not rule out a return.

A recent Instagram post could be a sign that he may be on his way out of D.C. and back to the City of Brotherly Love. The Redskins released an Instagram post featuring Josh Norman, Trent Williams, Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed and Ryan Kerrigan. But no Jackson? 

2017 season begins now. We are all 0-0. #HTTR

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The former Eagles wide receiver took notice and commented saying “Forgot bout @OneOfone”, followed by a pair of open-eyed emojis. The Redskins account replied to him saying “We love you @OneOfone.” 

But has Washington lost that ‘loving feeling’ for Jackson?

This past season Jackson had 56 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns. He played in every regular season game besides one and averaged 17.9 yards per catch. 

The Eagles have been looking for a deep threat at receiver. In fact, they have been looking for a threat at the position in general. 

Carson Wentz’s best target at WR, Jordan Matthews only had 804 yards on 73 receptions and three touchdowns. Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Trey Burton combined for 1,084 yards with 5 touchdowns. 

Jackson would be a key addition for Wentz as it would allow him to have a reliable deep threat and will be a better fit as the team’s No.1 WR instead of Matthews. 

Doug Pederson ran Matthews out of that bubble screen far too much last season. An addition of Jackson would create more opportunities with that play since his speed and agility is more suitable.

The Giants targeted Eagles CB Jalen Mills a historic amount

The Giants targeted Eagles CB Jalen Mills a historic amount

If it felt as though Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was involved in every other play against the Giants on Sunday, well, that’s actually not too far off.

We knew Mills saw a lot of action. He was shadowing Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for most of the afternoon, which is usually a sure sign a lot of footballs are going to come your way. One look at the box score can tell you Mills finished with a game-high 12 tackles.

That only tells part of the story. The Giants went after Mills so much, it made history.

Mills was targeted 21 times in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus — the highest number any cornerback has faced in over 10 years. PFF’s numbers only date back to 2006, but even if it’s only the most in the last decade, and not all-time, that’s still saying something in the increasingly pass-happy NFL.

To put that in perspective, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw 47 passes total, so nearly half went to Mills’ man.

And how did Mills fare? Predictably, it was a mixed bag. Manning completed 71.4 percent of those attempts for 119 yards. Thirteen of those targets alone were for Beckham, who finished with nine receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

When you put it like that, it sounds bad. However, the Eagles — Mills included — were playing a lot of off-man coverage and conceding routes underneath. So while Mills allowed a high volume of completions, those plays only amounted to 5.7 yards per attempt.

Granted, Beckham found the end zone twice. More often than not, Mills was limiting Giants receivers to short gains. In fact, the longest completion the second-year defensive back allowed went for 14 yards, as well as only 23 total yards after the catch.

"Besides those (two touchdowns), you always want them back in the red zone," Beckham said. "Both were contested. Both were short. For the most part of the game, I think I played pretty well."

PFF described it as “death by a thousand paper cuts,” but it wasn’t Mills’ death at all. All things considered, he did pretty much what the banged-up Eagles defense needed him to do to secure a victory.

Giants WR Brandon Marshall allegedly spit on Eagles fan

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Giants WR Brandon Marshall allegedly spit on Eagles fan

Odell Beckham Jr. pretended to urinate on the Eagles’ home field, but it was Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall who may have crossed the line with his use of bodily fluids Sunday.

A video shows the unidentified Eagles fan accuse Marshall of spitting on him amid a heated verbal exchange during pregame warmups. It’s unclear what compelled a six-time Pro Bowl selection to have words with some guy wearing a Randall Cunningham throwback jersey, but if Marshall did spit, it was after he was repeatedly challenged to a fight.

There is no visual confirmation as to whether Marshall spit on the man, either, as the footage appears to be shot on the first smartphone ever made. Marshall’s head does make a forward motion as if he were spitting. Then again, some people just have trouble controlling their saliva when they’re yelling, too, leaving open the small-percentage chance this was accidental spittle.

You be the judge.

Spit or not spit, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field rethink their policy on allowing fans on the field before certain games after this little — ahem — spat.

(h/t Sporting News)