DeSean Jackson was given a few opportunities to take a shot at the team that unceremoniously dumped him after six years during Wednesday's conference call with reporters. But the newly signed wide receiver declines took the high road when he was asked about his thoughts on the Eagles.
When the name of Chip Kelly, the Philly coach who made the decision to release him, came up Jackson was gracious.
“Honestly, Chip Kelly came in, he did a great job,” said Jackson. “He had a great year. But I’m moving forward and I’m proud to be a Washington Redskin.”
When asked if he would be excited about facing the Eagles this coming season, Jackson gave it the old “every game is a big game” approach.
“I definitely will be very excited about the opportunity that is presented, regardless of who we’re playing,” he said. “Obviously me coming from the Eagles, that will definitely be emotional and a big game, but I like to say every game that we’ll play this year will be the same way.”
A question about whether or not he thinks he has something to prove after being released by the Eagles drew a response along the same line.
"First off, I'll start off saying I think it's a part of being a professional,” he said. “I'm not going to sit here and say I don’t or I do have anything to prove. I think every time I go out on the field and step on that field, you want to have much success and you want to do things that you’re known for doing.”
His release from the Eagles came along with multiple questions about his character. Jackson sidestepped the opportunity to defend himself and take a shot back.
"Honestly, man, I'm not here really to address that,” he said. “I feel the people that really know me and know what type of player I am, they respect me and they know I'm a team guy. I just go out there and put it on the line for what I do and who I'm around, so I think that’s never really been a problem.”
There were many members of the Philly media on the line wondering if Jackson would take a headline worthy shot at Kelly and/or his ex-employers. He did not give them anything to use.