Wouldn’t we all want to be able to tell our boss who we want to work with? I sure know I do, but that’s just one thing on a long list of perks in life I’m not ever expecting to earn.
Apparently, DeSean Jackson is willing to begrudgingly admit to the same.
Jackson, who had previously showed his support for naming Michael Vick the starting quarterback before the team started training camp, backed off when he told Rich Eisen on his podcast that he understood what new coach Chip Kelly was doing with his stable of Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks.
“I do agree with it, especially when it’s at training camp,” Jackson said, adding, “I understand what (Kelly) was doing as far as him coming in and not (showing) favoritism on any players, he doesn’t care who’s been the guy, who’s been the starters.”
So why the backpeddling now? Well, most likely because someone in Jackson’s inner circle probably made him realize his play the last two years hasn’t been enough to guarantee him a prominent role in the new high octane offense we’re likely to see from the Eagles this season.
The future could be bright for Jackson, a quick, athletic receiver, who excels at gaining yards after the catch. His skills would be a great match for Kelly’s offense, but only if he can convince the coach that his on field production will be worth his off field headaches.
Jackson, in true diva receiver fashion, has always been a player who likes to make headlines when he says what’s on his mind. But past diva receivers have only been able to make a place for themselves in the NFL by backing up their controversial statements with production. The moment that production can’t justify the negatives their media persona brings to the locker room, teams don’t hesitate to get rid of them.
Jackson has enough work ahead of him this summer to convince his new coaching staff that he can be the top tier receiver it looked like he was going to be just a couple of years ago, backing up that coaching staff publicly will also go a long way to convincing them he’s the kind of guy they want on their squad.