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Quotes: DeSean Jackson (9.17.14)

Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

On his shoulder:

"My shoulder, you know, it's the third day. The soreness went down a little bit, swelling went down as well too. Still in there [the training room] every day, trying to get it back to full strength and full motion. It was just one of [those] situations where it was a fluke incident. I just kind of fell on my shoulder, just the impact of the ground and the guy falling on top of me was the biggest thing. Just irritating – to finish the game like that was just tough."

On playing the Philadelphia Eagles this week:

"As far as the emotions on the game, obviously being in Philadelphia my first six years and playing there and accomplishing some of the things I accomplished to start my career was obviously a huge time in my life, a huge part of the beginning of my NFL career. So obliviously it's going to be a huge game for myself and something I always looked forward to ever since everything went down the way it went down."

On his level of confidence about his ability to play on Sunday:

"You know, I'm a very confidence person, regardless of an injury or not. I pride myself on not missing any games and preparing myself any and every way I can to go out there and help my team. So, when it comes time for a game, I'm going to do everything I can to get myself prepared and ready. Being able to get cleared through my trainers is more of what we're waiting for to see if they'll give me the OK, but I should be good to go come Sunday."

On if the Eagles explained why he was released last season:

"Honestly, what's happened has happened. It's in the past and moving forward in the career is the biggest thing I can really say. I'm not focused on why it happened or why it transpired or why it happened the way it happened. I'm not really worried about that. As far as talking to some of the guys still there, I have a great relationship with LeSean McCoy. He's like a brother to me. We talk on an everyday basis, almost. As much as he misses playing with me, I miss playing with him as well, too, because we felt the dual threat that me and him had together was very unlike any another in the league so I wish him the best. Unfortunately, this week, can't really wish him the best against us, so hopefully my defensive boys go out there and get on him and shut him down."

On if he felt he had to monitor his behavior in Washington because things might get 'blown out of proportion' following the end of his tenure in Philadelphia:

"I think that speaks for itself, honestly. As far as anything you do in life, being in the NFL and being in the position that I'm at in my career, regardless of what it is, you kind of have to over-analyze anything you do. Being in the NFL, it's like you're under a microscope and everything you do is being looked at. So being able to come here to Washington and play for the Redskins, since Day 1, since I stepped in here with this organization, I was just myself. I didn't really change. They accepted me for who I was. I didn't really have to prove anything to them because they knew what type of player and person I was. That was the best thing and the best reason why I chose to come here to play in Washington. My teammates are a good group of guys that go out there and work hard. We compete versus each other and vice versa. Our coaches challenge us to go out there and put the best on film and do the best we can to help win games. That's the biggest thing we can say. The first game didn't go the way we wanted it to go, last week we [were] able to come out versus a team that we felt we should have won. Regardless of that, it's the NFL and any given Sunday, you've got to go out there and prepare, have got to play, so that's what we look forward to this Sunday coming up. It's just another football game for us."

On his friendships with Eagles players and if he'll be excited to see Eagles coaches and management Sunday:

"Honestly, man, I have friends on the team, but my focus is more here in this locker room, doing what we need to do win a football game. Obviously, it's an NFC East game, and I'm very familiar with NFC East games and I'm not here to be buddy-buddy, you know? I want to win football games for this team here. Once game time comes, I could care less about anything else. Burgundy and gold are my colors now and that's all I'm going to focus on, that's all I'm going to worry about. Buddy-buddy, there is no time for that once game time starts. So, you've kind of got to put all that aside and go out there and battle, play football and try to do our best to win a football game."

On transitioning from quarterback Robert Griffin III to quarterback Kirk Cousins and how they have adjusted to his speed:

"I mean, the biggest thing is going out there and practicing. You have to go out there and get reps. He has to see it, you have to go back into the film room and just make a judgment. It's an overall judgment when you play this game. You have to see it. Football is a game where everything happens in front of your eyes. If you're not able to see and not able to judge and just have that feeling of how things are going to turn out, this game is one of them games where it would be hard to be successful at. He's been playing the game for a long time. I've been playing the game for a long time, but we have a great feeling for going out there and adjusting on the run. So the more and more we practice, the more and more reps we have to go out there and play preseason games, the beginning of the season, it got better. Unfortunate he's going to be down for a couple of weeks, but I feel

comfortable in Kirk Cousins to come in and do a great job, as everybody saw he did on Sunday and just help this team win games. As long as the quarterback in huddle is being in control and making good reads and getting the ball out of his hands, it makes it that much harder on the defense and the defensive coordinator. We all feel Kirk can get the job done."

On the Eagles' decision to release him:

"Honestly, that's their decision. They made the decision. They moved on. I moved on. I'm just blessed, like I said, to have a second opportunity to play here in Washington, and, you know, it's not about them anymore. It's about what we're doing over here – what I need to do to better my career and what I need to do to help my organization win games. So, this week we have a great opportunity to go play the team that has a lot of pub and everybody's been congratulating them on the things they've done good. Hopefully, we can go out there and exploit them and win the football game."

On what kind of reception he expects in Philadelphia:

"That's something I'm going to have to wait to see. I've never had to experience that. So going out there and playing on Sunday will be a reaction that I'm yet to see how they treat me. I felt I put it on the line for them when I played there and [know] what I've done to help that organization win games. As far as if they congratulate me or boo me or whatever the case may be, I'm ready for whatever it is."

On if he can give any advice to his teammates about the Eagles' offense:

"Yeah, I'm very familiar with their offense. They do some great things – high speed, high tempo. The biggest thing I can tell these guys is keying in on certain plays – what their characteristics are, what they like to do. Everything they do over there, I know. As far as what I can tell my guys here to help them out, I'll do the best I can. At the same time, they've still got to go out there and stop it. So, no matter how much advice I give them, no matter how much I prepare them, they're still going to have to go out there and stop it. It'll be an interesting thing to see. I think our defense is great. They've been flying around, doing some great things this year.  It's going to be a high-powered game, and we feel very confident on our side that we'll be able to go out there and get it done."

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On his willingness to play through pain on Sunday:

"Honestly, I'm not jeopardizing or hurting my body more than it is. I wouldn't be into doing that. But at the same time, it's not any broken bones, no torn ligaments or things like that, so at the end of the week we'll see how it plays out. But, I don't think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul. If it's all on me, I'm playing. I don't plan on missing this game."

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