DeSean Jackson backs Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson backed embattled quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"I just felt it was needed," Jackson said. "Silence is sometimes a good thing, but if you have an opinion on a topic or a certain situation, then it needs to be spoken. You have to understand the importance of supporting one another. We're in this locker room together. We work so hard. We compete and do all them great things. But if everyone's not on one page, it's hard to get the benefit of the doubt."

There have been reports that Griffin doesn't have the support of teammates.

"He's a soft-spoken dude, doesn't say too much," Redskins tight end Niles Paul said. "He addressed the situation with reports coming out that Robert had lost the locker room, which wasn't true at all. He addressed it and spoke his piece on it, and it meant that much more from him."

Jackson said there is no leadership issue.

"I wish I could say it was a lot more," Jackson said of the leadership. "I wouldn't say it lacks [leaders]. To be a leader, that comes with a lot. You just can't wake up one morning and expect to be a leader. It's hard. But the more successful and more things you've done in this league, that's how you get your stripes. That's how you get people like the younger guys listening to you and looking up to you.

"Not only that, you have to go out there every day and prove it and show them what it is to be a professional. We lost one leader early in the season in DeAngelo Hall. I just tried to step up and be the best I can and be that vocal leader."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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