DeSean On QBs, Rap Video, Expectations For 2013

When we last heard from DeSean Jackson, he was on national TV predicting that Michael Vick would win the quarterback competition.

Today, he stood by those comments, but admitted he really has no idea how it’ll play out.

“Honestly, I really just took a guess, an honest opinion that came from myself,” Jackson said. “We still have to go to practice, see what that’s going to be like starting tomorrow. But the competition level is great. I think we’ve got four great quarterbacks that can all contribute to helping us win. At the end of the day, Vick’s been here. He’s going on 11, 12 years, whatever it is. I just think he’s accomplished some great things. He’s matured a lot since his situation happened since him coming out of jail and things like that. That was just an honest opinion from myself, but once again, we don’t know yet, so we’ll see how that goes.”

And what about Nick Foles? Did he feel obligated to clear the air with the second-year quarterback?

“I don’t feel obligated at all, but definitely he’s a good friend of mine,” Jackson said. “So he understands what I said and what I basically put out there. But Nick’s a great player. Nothing to take away from himself, never said anything bad about him. It was just an opinion that I thought, but Foles is a good quarterback as well. So regardless of who the starting quarterback’s gonna be, we’ll be able to go out there and get it done.”

Jackson hadn’t yet met with Chip Kelly when he spoke to reporters. He admitted it’d be “really good to know” who the QB is sooner rather than later, but he seems to understand it’s unlikely Kelly reaches a decision soon.

As for the rest of the team, Jackson said expectations are high coming off of last year’s 4-12 season.

“I still feel we’re a top team in the NFL,” he said. “There’s nothing in my mind that’s taking away from that. I feel throughout the board and throughout our lineup, we have people that can get the job done and that have been getting the job done for a long time in this NFL.

“The energy’s at a high level right now, so to finish 4-12 last year was definitely embarrassing for this organization and for the team. Anything we can do to really erase that and have people forget that and just move forward and have a great year to produce and just go out there and have fun, have a lot of success, give the fans something to cheer for.”

And finally, he was asked about what he finds appealing about putting out his own rap video.

“That’s my other style,” Jackson said. “That’s something I like doing. Definitely a young kid that was born and raised where I came from, so that’s what’s in me. Not to say I don’t have a great time and have fun having Snoop in my videos and things like that, [but] I’m able to really understand the business. It’s definitely not an easy business to be in, just like football.”

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  • PaoliBulldog

    Were you able to keep a straight face when you asked him about his rap video?

  • djack10

    I’m glad to hear the word “embarrassed” when he talks about last year. If nothing else, these guys have definitely had a reality check and are no longer considering themselves the dream team.

  • Alex Karklins

    “FOUR great quarterbacks???” [runs out of the room, crying] – GJ Kinne

    • Dominik

      If Kelly decides that Kinne is our QB of the future, we’ll a problem with the vets. Therefore, the team chemistry sucks, already.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Say what you want about DeSean, but he has matured over his time with the Eagles. Hopefully he has a big year this year along with Maclin.

  • UKEagle99

    DeSean should have renamed the Rap ‘Losing Season on my Neck’ and released it on his 4-12 label.

    I hope we have more positive things to talk about DeSean in the coming months.

  • Nick Falana

    why do I get the feeling — for better or for worse — that DeSean Jackson is the unchallenged leader of this football team and that the longer Chip Kelly takes to name a starting QB, the more that’s going to take hold.

    why do I ALSO get the feeling that it’s going to surprise a lot of people but this being DeSean Jackson’s team is going to be very, very much for the better and that it’s ALSO by Chip Kelly Design (TM).

  • Kuney

    Is the fourth Dixon? He knows the system and has the wheels to create if you get unlucky enough to need your third stringer…never thought pittsburgh should of gave up on him.
    Obviously with the barkley pick its hard to keep him now but doesn’t he just scream 3rd string/emergency qb for this offense?
    Shouldn’t there be trade value there for who ever doesn’t win the starting job… all be it less after they fail to win it.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      Practice squad. But I feel you tho

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      Dixon’s best shot is if someone besides Vick gets the job and they decide to cut or trade Vick. Other than that, he kinda got screwed over by the Barkley pick. But that’s life in the NFL I suppose. I wouldn’t feel too bad for him though, the guy has less than 60 pass attempts in the NFL and he’s got 2 Super Bowl rings. Crazy.

  • Snoop

    The guys really a special kinda stupid isn’t he?