DeSean discusses demotion, Vick and Tebow

DeSean discusses demotion, Vick and Tebow
June 11, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Whether it was firing super agent Drew Rosenhaus or subsequent rumors about teaming up with Jay-Z, Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson has experienced quite the attention-filled offseason.

And while the two-time Pro Bowler has remained mum on those topics, Jackson clarified the report that suggested he was demoted by head coach Chip Kelly last week.

"It was no demotion," Jackson said Tuesday on NFL Total Access. "[Kelly] was just trying new things with everybody. Nothing is set in stone for anybody. Everybody on the team was able to go through first team, second team, third team."

Jackson had been doing reps with the second and third teams because he was not as familiar with every other offensive position, which Kelly requires of all his skill players, per this Philadelphia Magazine piece.

Kelly has consistently made it clear there is no depth chart at this point and that every player on the roster will receive a fair crack at getting significant snaps.

But Jackson, who has led the Eagles in receiving four of the last five seasons, was not as familiar with the offense as Kelly wanted. Still, he persisted in saying he is comfortable with where he stands.

"At the end of the day, I am very happy where I am at," Jackson said. "I am not worried because at the end of the day I am going to out there, put my work in and do what I need to do to get my starting spot and keep it.”

The dynamic pass-catcher was also asked about Kelly and the new offense he's installed.

"So far, so good," he said.

Jackson said he believes Kelly is a "great guy" and is intrigued by expanding his role beyond simply lining up on the outside.

"It is a blessing for myself because I am able to be moved throughout the offense and not just stay at one position," Jackson said. "[I’m] in the backfield, in the slot receiver, getting mismatched on linebackers and strong safeties and things like that."

The receiver also weighed in on the ongoing quarterback competition, claiming that Michael Vick and Nick Foles are "even."

Echoing comments made by Vick last week, Jackson said he and the team want to have the quarterback situation settled by the start of training camp.

"I have been hearing some things about Vick saying that he wants to know. At the same time, the team wants to know too. We need to go into training camp prepared and know who is going to be our starting quarterback," Jackson said. "Whether it is Foles or Vick, I think they would both do a great job and we will be ready for the season."

Naturally, Jackson also discussed Tim Tebow, who signed a two-year deal with the Patriots. Jackson doesn't believe Tebow can improve as an NFL QB.

“I don’t think so. Honest opinion I don’t think so because that position is a tough position," Jackson said. "You have to study that position; not to say he’s not going to study it, but you have to go out there and improve. His improvement I don’t think is going to go too much higher, honestly.”

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