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DeSean Jackson's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Preseason Game vs. Browns

Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson prepares to catch a pass during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo)
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Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 11, 2016

It's safe to say DeSean Jackson is healthy. 

The electrifying wide receiver sat out Washington's preseason opener after tweaking his ankle, but he looked spry during Monday's debut against the Cleveland Browns, pulling down two catches for 34 yards.

His first connection with Robert Griffin III was especially tantalizing, as he got wide open down the field, received a solid throw from RGIII and put a nice move on Joe Haden to gain a few extra yards. 

NFL Philosophy and the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch offered their acclaim: 

It's always smart to take preseason action with a pumpkin-sized grain of salt, but there's something important worth noting here: Griffin looked Jackson's way early and often. 

The 23-yard completion came on the second play from scrimmage, and of RGIII's eight pass attempts during the two series that Jackson played, four targets went to Washington's newest wide receiver. 

One of the major concerns surrounding Jackson's fantasy value this season is the amount of mouths to feed in D.C. He is essentially sharing No. 1 duties with Pierre Garcon, while Jordan Reed can be one of the most dangerous tight ends in the league when healthy and Andre Roberts should see a few deep looks per game. 

But Monday's contest was encouraging. RGIII appears to have already built a strong rapport with Jackson. Throw in the fact that Jay Gruden, who had Cincinnati 12th in pass attempts and turned Andy Dalton into the fifth-best fantasy QB in 2013, is now head coach, and volume isn't going to be a problem for this pass offense.

Jackson has always had the skill set, and there's no reason he can't replicate his 126 targets from last year's career-best campaign. Even better, plenty of those targets will be down the field. He's a game-breaking speedster and vertical threat, Griffin has a strong arm, and the Redskins have a shaky defense that could get them into a lot of shootouts. 

The 27-year-old wideout is currently being drafted, on average, early in the fifth round. That's fair, but I've seen him slip further in some recent mock drafts. If that starts to happen, snatch him up. 

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