Editor's note: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Washington-San Francisco matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m., at Levi’s Stadium.
Washington WR DeSean Jackson vs. 49ers CB Perrish Cox
Tale of the tape
Jackson (11): 5 foot 10, 178 pounds, seventh season, Cal
Cox (20): 6 foot, 190 pounds, fourth season, Oklahoma State
Despite all of Washington’s problems at quarterback, Jackson is still putting together an outstanding season in his first year with the club. Jackson remains one of the league’s top big-play threats with 819 yards receiving, four touchdowns and a 20.5 average per catch.
“He’s fast,” 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “He’s one guy that you look up his speed and it says, I think it says 4.37 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) on our information. And usually those things can be embellished at times. I think that’s wrong on the downside. He looks faster than that on tape. This guy’s fast.”
Cox has played very well at left cornerback since taking over for the injured Tramaine Brock in Week 1. Cox leads the 49ers with four interceptions, and is also capable of moving inside to cover the slot receiver.
Jackson lines up on the right side of Washington’s offensive formation 43 percent of the time, according to Pro Football Focus. That would match him up against Cox. He is in the slot 25 percent of the time, and Cox could follow him there, too. Cox does not need to come up with big plays. He just needs to prevent them.