DeSean: Vick would be OK with Eagles drafting Geno Smith

DeSean: Vick would be OK with Eagles drafting Geno Smith
April 11, 2013, 8:00 am
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If the Eagles drafted Geno Smith later this month, Michael Vick wouldn’t feel threatened or discouraged.

That’s what the Eagles' quarterback recently told his prolific wide receiver.

“Actually, me and Mike Vick were just talking about that in the weight room the other day,” two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson said Wednesday in an NFL Network interview. “Mike Vick is at the point in his career where he is 32 [years old], he feels him getting a one-year contract, that he still has a lot to go out there and prove. At the same time, he understand it is a business and the team and organization will have to do whatever they can to make it work. I think he will be ready this year to go and you will see a different Michael Vick this year.”

Strangely, Jackson wasn’t asked how Nick Foles would feel if the Eagles chose the West Virginia quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has said that Foles and Vick would be competing for the starting job and didn’t rule out adding another quarterback to vie for the job.

Several draft analysts have predicted that the Eagles will take Smith at fourth overall, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Eagles who left the team before the 2012 season.

“I have been hearing about that, honestly, too,” Jackson said. “Geno Smith was a great player at West Virginia. He has done some great things. He could probably fit right in with this offense. Mock drafts and things like that, I don’t really get into them because a lot of times none of that stuff turns out to be right. We will see, I am getting interested … Hopefully whoever comes in can help us get to where we need to, fast and in a hurry.”

Jackson also dropped some hints about what practice might look like next week as the Eagles hold their pre-draft minicamp under Kelly. Based on the tempo of the team’s offseason program, Jackson is expecting an even faster pace at practice.

“I haven’t been doing some of these workouts we are doing right now since college. They are just up-tempo, very fast,” he said. “We get in and get it done. When we are in this building we are definitely a 100 miles per hour and running.”

Jackson said the playbook is still under construction, but the explosive offenses Kelly orchestrated at Oregon are bound for Philly. Which Jackson, of course, said caters to his strengths.

“As long as that quarterback finds it, makes the read and gets the ball to the player that is open, from there [with] my playing style, my ability, hopefully I can make some big plays happen,” he said. “Not only myself, but there are other guys on this team that are in great position to make great things happen for us as well. I have to get in the end zone a lot more this year.”

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