DeSean Jackson enters his seventh season in the NFL
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
It was just last season that Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was covering former Philadelphia imperfective DeSean Jackson.
Once NFC East rivals they are now teammates in Washington.
Jackson says the two have already shown a mutual respect for one another during the Redskins training camp in Richmond.
"He's kind of like myself, a littler guy but he still plays big. I mean that's his confidence. That's what he needs to do to play at a high level. You can't really knock anybody (doing) whatever it is they need to do to play at a high level in this league."
Jackson and Hall have somewhat of a controversial history.
In the Redskins Monday night home opener last season against the Eagles, Hall brought Jackson down with an illegal horse collar.
The two nearly went at it out on the field.
Now Jackson says they will go head-to-head in practice, but to improve from the other.
"He knows how to be a professional, that's the biggest thing I can say. He's fortunate to still be in this league and play at a high level, and to still have the talent and ability to go out there and stop number one receivers in this league...just practicing everyday going at it, competing against one another. Its going to make us both better for the season."
With the signing of Jackson, Washington's offense looks potent, but many critics feel the team won't be successful until the secondary improves.
Hall notes, those observations have not gone unnoticed.
"We understand that we got a lot of high profile guys on the offensive side of the ball and we don't mind putting that hard hat on and going to work, so that's what we're going to do."
Hall enters his 11th season and is coming off a year in which he picked off four passes, two of which he returned for touchdowns.
Jackson is playing in his seventh year, and just had his best season in 2013.
He caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine touch downs.
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