When Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson originally burst into the NFL in 2008, he was a pompous, outspoken, show-boating, trash-talking, rule-breaking star-to-be who happened to harness some of the most electrifying and game-breaking athletic ability ever witnessed on football’s biggest stage.
Nowadays, Jackson seems to have turned a page when it comes to his once-lacking maturity, and he also looks to be much more focused on the betterment of his team as opposed to his own personal triumphs.
The Eagles’ 2013 quarterback competition has experienced extensive media coverage, mostly because we are all wondering who brand new head coach Chip Kelly will hand-pick to lead his coveted spread offense.
“Going into camp, I think Michael Vick will be the starter, but we still don’t know,” said Jackson on ESPN’s “First Take” yesterday. Jackson has been consistent in his backing of Vick over the past couple of years, but at the same time, he has done nothing but praise the QB’s competition as well. Eagles projected backup QBs Nick Foles and Matt Barkley received sincere votes of confidence from Jackson, who has said that he sees the Birds succeeding with whoever Kelly decides to put under center.
I agree with Jackson when he says that he expects Vick to be the starter, but I disagree with Jackson when he says that the Eagles will be just as successful with Foles or Barkley.
In reality, Jackson likely doesn’t legitimately believe that Foles and Barkley can produce as well as Vick, but he is certainly being wise by strategically staying in good-graces with all possible QB options.