DeSean Jackson has never had any trouble speaking his mind during the course of the wide-out’s 5-year NFL stay, so it came as no surprise when he spoke up earlier this week about the Philadelphia Eagles’ very well documented 2013 quarterback competition.
“We need to go into training camp prepared and know who is going to be our starting quarterback,” said Jackson in an NFL Network interview earlier this week.
The competitors in the Birds’ heated QB race consist of long-time vet Michael Vick, second-year pro Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley, who the Eagles picked up in the fourth round of April’s 2013 NFL Draft.
Jackson also seemed sure that the competition was actually down to just Vick and Foles at this point, as they have been splitting the first-team reps in practice. It looks like Barkley may be too raw and under-developed right now to be considered a contender for the starting job, as many expected.
And even though Jackson gave votes of confidence to both Vick and Foles, saying “I think they would both do a great job,” I am sure that he would strongly prefer Vick as his team’s starting signal-caller.
In the midst of the Eagles’ horrendous 2012 season, Jackson voiced that he believed in Vick as the starter over Foles, and I don’t think that his true feelings have changed. Vick and Jackson just have so much tested, proven field chemistry with each other, which is incredibly advantageous in the NFL.
Jackson obviously wants to be positive and encouraging when it comes to discussing his teammates, so it makes sense that he would not personally declare a preferred starting QB.
But neutrality aside, I think that DeSean would agree that from experience, to play-making ability, to pure athleticism, I have every reason to believe that Vick will begin the 2013 season as the Eagles’ starting QB.
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