LeSean McCoy has high regard for DeSean Jackson as teammate

LeSean McCoy has high regard for DeSean Jackson as teammate
April 12, 2014, 1:45 pm
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A lot was said about DeSean Jackson after he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Rumors ran rampant, with speculation ranging from alleged gang affiliations to a shouting match with Eagles coach Chip Kelly. 

Since Jackson left the Eagles and signed with the Redskins, little has been said by his former teammates in Philadelphia. Until now. Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy talked about Jackson, and painted a picture in stark contrast to the negative buzz previously surrounding the receiver. 

"What I did see of DeSean was just we hung out off the field, on the field, we talked, we texted. So when you say he didn’t bond with the team, I don’t know what that means because I was a teammate and we bonded," McCoy said of Jackson via Birds 24/7.

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Asked if he was happy Jackson was cut, McCoy made his stance clear.

"I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn’t really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different," McCoy said. "And playing against him is really gonna be different."

After a 2013 season that saw Jackson account for more than 1,300 receiving yards, there's little doubt about his talent. And now rather than game-planning to feature Jackson, the Eagles will try and limit him twice a year.

"DeSean was by far one of the best playmakers in the game and the biggest deep threat there is in the game," McCoy said. "We gotta live on, we gotta play them guys. As much as I’m a friend, I can’t wait to go out there and beat on the Redskins, so it’s a mutual feeling. And I'm sure when he comes up to Philly, he wants to have a great game."

With Jackson such a large part of the Eagles success in 2013, his absence will be noticeable for Philly in 2014. But McCoy said he trusts in coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles front office to make moves to account for the loss. McCoy added that he heard the reports of disputes between Kelly and Jackson, but never saw anything that resembled the rumors.