There is a lot on the line for the Eagles and for the Redskins this weekend, and Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson is more than ready to face off against his former team and return to the city where his NFL career began.
He knows the stakes of this game. Right now, the division title is what he and his teammates want to claim.
"I think it's going to be a hard-fought battle," Jackson said. "Both teams have a lot going on, a lot to lose. It'll definitely be a highly anticipated game. I look forward to coming back and playing in the city where I started a lot of great memories and things like that. I definitely look forward to the opportunity."
The hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for the Week 4 matchup between the two teams is no longer a concern. Jackson is healthy and back to being the explosive player he's been throughout his career. He caught six passes for a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown against the Bills last week. He's recorded four touchdowns in his last five games.
"Just being able to have the opportunities to make plays for my team and just really (be) a vertical threat down the field and really just get open," the receiver said. "I feel as far as the injury, when I first came back it kind of held me back a bit the first game verses the Patriots, but besides that I feel like I'm in a good flow and back to 100 percent."
Throughout the entirety of his conference call with the Philadelphia media, the wide receiver kept things very business-like. He didn't want to discuss his times as an Eagle or who he does and doesn't keep in touch with now that he's two seasons removed from the organization.
The only thing on his mind right now is football. He wants to win this game at Lincoln Financial Field and help his team clinch the NFC East.
"My motivation for this game is just to win a game. I could care less about what they have to do on the other end," Jackson said. "We have something special to do here and something that hasn't been done in a couple of years. We're just excited. We know about the opportunity that's been presented to us and we feel like everything is happening that we need to happen. We know we need to win out and take care of what we need to take care of."
To hear Jackson's full conference call, click here or press play on the embedded video above.