Redskins WR DeSean Jackson Addresses Kirk Cousins' 'When He Wants To Be Elite' Talk

The playmaking receiver was asked for his take on what his quarterback said about him this week.

From the moment last week when Kirk Cousins said of DeSean Jackson, "When he wants to be elite, he's elite," questions arose over what exactly did the quarterback mean.

That question was put to Jackson this week.

"I guess when I put it all together, I take it to the next level," Jackson said to NBC4's Carol Maloney at Redskins Park. "That's something you have to do in this league.You have to repeat your success, you to have repeat whatever you put out there. Just like (Kirk), he has to have a repititive year from last year. He had a great year last year and he has to come in and do the same thing this year."

Jackson suffered a hamstring injury during Week 1's loss to Miami last season after missing the entire preseason and most of training camp with a shoulder issue. That came after the receiver, as he did in 2016, skipped non-mandatory workouts at Redskins Park during the offseason. He returned in Week 8 against the Patriots and finished the season with career-lows in receptions (30) and yards (528), but still averaged 17.6 yards per catch. His deep ball presence helped fuel Washington's NFC East title run and Cousins record-setting campaign.

"I got hurt last year, unfortunately," Jackson continued. "Missed a little time, things like that. When I came back, I felt I helped my team out and did some great things on the field. I just look at it as every year, every time you get a chance, you've just to repeat greatness. Put in the work, work at a high level and expect nothing but good things to come out of it."

Maloney commented on Jackson's impressive work at practice this summer and how what stood out was that it wasn't something we've always seen from the receiver.

"One thing we've all noticed is the max effort in practice. ...It's something I know I haven't seen when I've been out here before this season," Maloney said. "How is your body holding up to the kind of pounding you're is taking in practice and how has it helped you to get ready for the season opener?"

"Practice is one of those places you can work on your craft, you get better, put the time in," responded Jackson, who remained even-keel throughout the interview. "Once the game time comes, everything you went through in practice, everything you did, everything you've built on can help you for game time. That's what I try to use for practice, going through reps, going through different looks the defense gives me. ...I think physically and mentally, it's prepared me for a long haul season, to stay strong and to not miss no games."

Jackson, a free agent after this season, continued.

"Injuries come, they happen. It's unfortunate. I think all the work I put in this offseason, all the training, the weight lifting, gaining weight, things like that will help me for a long season."

As for Monday night, Jackson, who grew up a Steelers fan, said he's "over-excited" to get the season going. "Too amped. Can't hold it in. Trying to bottle it altogether."

Whether the Steelers can bottle Jackson's elite deep ball ability will be one of the game's keys.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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