The guy who looked most confused on DeSean Jackson;s punt return for a touchdown on Sunday was D.J. Ware. Not that he was confused as in not doing his job, but he was certainly befuddled when he was chasing Jackson the last few yards and saw him hook a left-hand turn and cut across the face of the goal line.
“He looked at me,” said Ware, who was on Jackson’s tail and wound up getting into the end zone before him thanks to the showboating. “I think he thought I was going to get him because he turned and looked at me and then he cut across the field. That made me even madder. I was like ‘Damn, I nearly had you.’ But I wasn’t that close to him where I could have stopped him.
“I was just trying to run him down,” Ware said. “When he ran across the field, I couldn’t catch him then. He had a little bit more burst than me.”
So what was Ware thinking when Jackson was floating perpendicular to the direction he should have been going?
“I was waiting on him to turn around and try to do the thing he did against Dallas where he fell in backwards,” he said. “I was going to hit him if he did that.”
Ware was beating himself up, thinking that had he returned a kickoff for a touchdown it would have made a huge difference. He said he’s convinced he’ll break one before the season is over.
As for the way the game ended on Sunday, what was Ware thinking as he was initially chasing Jackson?
“I wanted them to turn the lights out,” he said. “I was like ‘(Dang), he didn’t just do that!’ But he did. It’s just heart-breaking, man.”