Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Extra: Spotlight on Redskins WR DeSean Jackson

Height: 5-10  Weight: 178

Season: 7th  College: California

Strengths: Jackson remains a dangerous home-run threat, the same as he was in Philadelphia, though the Redskins’ quarterback situation has limited his opportunities. He has seven catches of 20-plus yards, including five that have gone for over 40. His 4.38 speed, though, still scares defensive coordinators. Jackson has quick feet. He is a natural receiver and not only runs precise routes but also adjusts well.

Weaknesses: There is a reason the Eagles released Jackson after a career year and a third Pro Bowl. They deemed him not worth the trouble on or off the field. Philadelphia is 5-1 without him. Jackson is easily frustrated, sometimes losing concentration when he isn’t involved or when he lines up against mouthy cornerbacks. He can have a tough time getting separation against press coverage. Jackson received criticism last week for his blocking from former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. The Redskins have not used Jackson as a returner.

Last game: He had three receptions for 49 yards in the Redskins’ 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Who has to stop him? The Cowboys rank 12th against the pass. They have allowed only one 100-yard receiver this season as Titans tight end Delanie Walker had 142 yards against them in Week 2. Brandon Carr has been targeted 37 times, according to STATS Inc., allowing 20 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Orlando Scandrick has been targeted 17 times, allowing 12 catches for 128 yards and no touchdowns. Sterling Moore has been targeted 30 times, allowing 19 catches for 275 yards and a score.

Notable: Jackson has 26 receptions for 528 yards and three touchdowns this season. For his career, he has 382 catches for 6,645 yards and 35 touchdowns. He has 40 career catches that have covered 40 or more yards. He has 112 catches of at least 20 yards. Jackson was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2008. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, with berths in 2009, ’10 and ’13. He was the first player in NFL history with at least 3,500 receiving yards and 1,000 punt return yards in his first four seasons. Jackson caught four passes for 210 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys in December 2010. He has 11 catches for 111 yards against the Cowboys the past two seasons combined, including six for 49 yards in two games last season. In 10 career games against the Cowboys, Jackson’s teams are 5-5, and he has 36 catches for 674 yards and a touchdown.

— Charean Williams

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