Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien knows what an opportunity a receiver like DeSean Jackson can be.
He just wants to make sure Jackson understands the responsibility of wearing a legendary number.
OK, maybe legendary is a stretch.
“That number is huge,” Rypien said, via Scott Allen of the Washington Post. “That’s my number. That number signified something. It signified being a Redskin, being a true team player. I’m going to hold you accountable for that number. I’m excited he’s here, but he’s also wearing my number. I hope he keeps it to a high standard.”
Of course, Rypien didn’t place the same kind of demands on Casey Weldon or Patrick Ramsey, or any other 11s since he won a Super Bowl in it.
“Help us get to another Super Bowl.” Rypien said when asked what that standard was. “Enough with just winning some games and being happy about that. We need to be held to a higher standard. Our guys need to win games, and go to the playoffs and win Super Bowls. Enough of the talk. Last season, there was big talk about us being the best team in the NFC East. You can do whatever you want on paper, but let’s get ‘er done, boys.”
On paper, the Redskins haven’t had a group of receivers like this one since Rypien was playing.
But until the new Number 11 comes through with a ring, the questions will remain.