ASHBURN, Va. -- DeSean Jackson's arrival for the start of this week's Organized Team Activities made headlines after the wide receiver no-showed the first two weeks of non-mandatory practices. The media arrived for Wednesday's session ready to talk with Jackson about his off-season. Problem: The receiver went the no-show route once again.
Several notable members of the Redskins offense didn't participate in the final OTA practice including tight end Jordan Reed, left tackle Trent Williams and Jackson, who was not in attendance.
Williams, one of the players dealing with strep throat according to coach Jay Gruden, was also absent from Redskins Park. Reed, Washington's leading receiver last season, was given the physical part of practice off.
All players including Jackson are required to attend next week's three-day mini-camp starting on Tuesday.
"We expect him to be here next week," Gruden said of Jackson. "In a perfect world -- and we know it's not perfect...We're going to coach the guys that are here. It's voluntary for these players to show up here. We'd love for them all to be here, but we trust the fact that if he's not he's getting his body ready to go."
Based on the first-hand accounts from Gruden and the players, there is seemingly no issue with Jackson's conditioning.
"He looked as fast as he's ever been. Had great stamina. Was in good shape. Had great knowledge of the game and was a lot stronger than I've seen him before," Gruden stated. DeSean is going to be just fine."
Fellow wide receiver Rashad Ross said Jackson was "on top of his game" while cornerback Josh Norman noted "his explosiveness."
Jackson missed the entire 2015 preseason due to injury and then seven games early in the regular season after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. He finished with a career-low 30 reception last season.
When he's on the field, the game-breaking element he provides is potent. Jackson averaged 17.6 yards per catch in 10 games last season.
Safety David Bruton, who joined the Redskins as a free agent this offseason, said at previous stops he and others would say of Jackson's blazing speed, "damn, he's so fast he can poop on lightning."
First round pick Josh Doctson remained limited with lingering foot injuries. The wide receiver worked on side field away from the main practices. Running back Keith Marshall, Washington's seventh round pick, did little to nothing in the final practice of the week.
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