In the interview, Jackson denied reports that he is affiliated
with gangs but acknowledged he knows people who are in them. He said
the hand gestures he uses during games or on social media are not
"If I score a touchdown or make a play and my boys at home can see
me throwing up the area we're from, that's me showing them love,"
Jackson said. "They weren't fortunate enough to make it where I'm
at. All my friends wanted to be in the NFL growing up, but they
weren't able to do that and I was. That doesn't mean I forgot about
them. They're my boys, I grew up with them, and I'm going to give
Jackson, 27, signed with the Redskins in early April, less than a
week after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. NJ.com had
reported that the Eagles were concerned about Jackson's alleged gang
The Eagles have maintained that the decision was purely
football-related. Jackson had 82 catches for 1,332 yards with nine
touchdowns in 2013.
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton testified at a grievance
hearing this week that Jimmy Graham should be designated as a tight
end and not a receiver, Pro Football Talk reported.
A ruling on Graham's arbitration hearing in the franchise-tag
grievance against the Saints is expected next week, according to the
Graham's representatives contend that he should be categorized as a
receiver rather than his listed position of tight end for purposes
of the franchise tag and thus compensated accordingly.
The Saints' position is that tight ends routinely line up in the
slot and that being split out is part of playing the position.
Graham lined up wide for 67 percent of his snaps in 2013.
The difference between the franchise-tag salary for a receiver and a
tight end is $5.3 million. If Graham is deemed a tight end and plays
under the franchise tag in 2014, he would receive a $7.035 million
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Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he will not
change, despite criticism he receives for his perceived
Manziel has been photographed on occasions with alcohol, gaining a
reputation for being a partier.
Speaking at a Play 60 event as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium on
Friday, Manziel said he does not care how he is perceived by the
"I'm not going to change for anybody," Manziel said. "I'm going to
enjoy my time off."
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San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis strongly hinted to the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will report to training camp
next month without a new contract.
Davis held out of the team's mandatory minicamp last week. At an
Atlanta-area youth camp, he said "at least I tried and I put my foot
down" in trying to get a higher-paying deal.
Davis' contract runs through 2015. He is schedule to earn base
salaries of $4.7 million this year and $4.35 million next year.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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