Foles: DeSean was a 'great teammate to me'

Foles: DeSean was a 'great teammate to me'

April 19, 2014, 7:30 pm
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DeSean Jackson and Nick Foles both had Pro Bowl seasons last year as the Eagles won the NFC East. (AP)

Nick Foles was the honorary captain for the Soul on Saturday before the team's home opener at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Eagles' quarterback also fielded questions about his football team -- specifically its decision to cut ties with Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

"You know, it's surprising," Foles said to Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn, referring to the Eagles' decision to release Jackson. "But at the same time, you learn that it's a business. It's a tough business, at times. We develop a lot of friendships on a team and I've had many of my close teammates let go. It's very tough, but at the same time, you know it's part of the game, part of the business."

Was Jackson disruptive on the field or in the locker room?

"He was a great teammate to me," Foles said. "We had a great relationship on and off the field. Everybody has other things going on, but to me personally, I really enjoyed playing with him and I'm excited that he landed on his feet. He's a heck of a player."

Despite Jackson signing with the Redskins, Foles is happy for his former teammate and will miss him.

"You wish them well. He landed on his feet and I know he's going to do well," Foles said. "He's a great player, he's been tremendous for me. But at the same time, we have to keep moving forward as an organization. But I do wish DeSean well. I had a blast playing with him."

Jackson’s departure leaves the Eagles with just two receivers -- Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin -- who have at least 60 career receptions and six career touchdowns. The Eagles must replace not only Jackson, but also Jason Avant.

"It will be interesting but I know that [the front office] is going to do a great job doing it," Foles said. "Another teammate that I love dearly is Avant, but he landed on his feet. I spoke to him the other day and I'm excited for his new journey. I know he's going to make a great impact there for [the Carolina Panthers] as he has for Philadelphia.

"And I'm excited for Philadelphia. I'm excited to see what happens because we've got a great group of guys and great coaches, so it'll be a good time."

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