On the first day of his new team’s offseason program, receiver DeSean Jackson was on vacation. And one of the team’s offensive captains put in a little extra work defending DeSean.
“A lot of the stuff is just he say, she say stuff, and you got to get to know a guy for yourself,” Williams said Monday in a conference call with reporters, via CSN Washington. “I haven’t had any type of bad feelings towards him, or any type of bad read. When I met him he was a great guy, a pretty cool guy.”
Williams met Jackson at the Pro Bowl.
“I don’t think he’s a bad guy,” Williams said. “I don’t think his character is bad. I think he can be a great addition to this team. . . . In my opinion, we play a game that’s America’s game and there’s a lot of eyes on you. A lot of people just want to pick you apart. No matter what you do, they are going to find the wrong in what you do and forget about the good things.”
The Eagles were willing to forget about the good things. For the Eagles, the bad things outweighed the good things. For the Redskins, the good things may be coming. But there won’t be any good things until at least next week, due to Jackson’s decision not to cancel vacation plans made before he was cut by the Eagles.
He’s got every right to do that. The workouts are voluntary. But Jackson could have scored plenty of points with the fans, his teammates, and the media by ditching the vacation plans and showing up. Given Jackson’s recent experiences, the P.R. bump would have dramatically outweighed the sunk costs of a vacation never taken.