Oakland Raiders fans generally get a bad rep around the NFL, but when it comes to supporting their team, few bases are better. The Raidernation took to twitter to show their support to former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. With the #DJaxtoOakland movement, the Raiders faithful are trending on twitter with more than 100,000 tweets as of Saturday.Jackson is a Los Angeles native, who played his college football at the University of California. The Raiders fans are pumped to bring him back to the west coast and for good reason. Jackson is coming off his best year as a professional. He caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. That is why it was a surprise that the Eagles would release the Pro Bowl wide receiver.
A nj.com report connected Jackson with Los Angeles gang associations before his release. The Eagles have made no public statement of the issue. Jackson issued a statement vehemently denying any affiliations.
Now the Raiders, who are interested in Jackson, will take everything into consideration. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie has made it clear he values high character players. Jackson has had some red flags around him, but was never suspended or involved in serious off the field issues. McKenzie could also feel like he has brought in enough veteran leadership to help Jackson assimilate and be kept in line if necessary. McKenzie has brought back Charles Woodson, one of the most respected players in the game. Raiders fans were instrumental in landing him a season ago. McKenzie added two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck, who was a captain on those New York Giants teams. The Raiders also have fullback Marcel Reece, who is a captain and very respected within and outside of the team.
Jackson is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday. McKenzie will have to get Jackson in for a visit where he has made success closing deals.
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