When the Washington Redskins signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson shortly after his release from the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the first questions concerned what number he would decide to wear with his new team.
With quarterback Robert Griffin III already sporting the No. 10 jersey that Jackson wore in Philadelphia, Jackson decided to bump his number up one digit and wear No. 11.
Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, the two-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl XXVI MVP who previously wore No. 11 for the team, wants Jackson to know that he has a lot to live up to by wearing the number on his back.
“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.”
In order for Jackson to get rid of the negative attention that has been following him and live up to expectations, Rypien had some quick advice: Go win a Super Bowl.
“Help us get to another Super Bowl.” Rypien said. “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.”
The Redskins have a talented group of wide receivers and plenty of weapons that can stretch opposing defenses, so it will be up to the players on the field to play up to their potential. In past years, spending big in free agency hasn't worked out for the Redskins, but they are hoping things will be different this time around with Jackson at the forefront of their on-field personnel changes this offseason.