By Bryan Frantz

WASHINGTON — The big story around DeSean Jackson for the early portion of the summer was him not being around.

He didn’t show up to voluntary workouts, then he showed up but didn’t stay very long. Redskins fans, analysts and critics all had plenty to say about his absence, but that story eventually, mercifully, dissipated. In its stead, we find a somewhat bulkier Jackson — up six pounds to 176 pounds — who feels “rejuvenated” and ready for the season.

Jackson, who missed six games last season with a hamstring injury, spent some of his offseason running drills in sand. In the video below, he says a productive offseason has him feeling fresh and ready for a big season, but perhaps the biggest benefit of the offseason has been the man lining up across from him in training camp.

“There’s a lot of great intangibles here,” Jackson says. “Having a guy like [Josh Norman] on the other side of the ball to really have that competitive nature and just go at it, competing every day. As a wide receiver in this league that’s had some great success, it’s a great addition to have a guy like that you can go against every day that’s considered one of the best corners in the league.”

In the first public matchup of the two, Jackson appears to get the better of the newly-signed cornerback, beating him on a short route and making the grab.

It might have been the first, but it certainly won’t be the last these two go head-to-head in practice. Both players love to talk trash and have incredible competitive fires, so it should be a lot of fun to watch them butt heads in practice.

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