What really happened with DeSean Jackson?

What really happened with DeSean Jackson?

You probably heard that a dozen times over the weekend. Whether you were the one being asked or the words were coming out of your mouth, Philadelphians everywhere want to know what really happened with DeSean Jackson.

I don't think the answer is as clear cut as some would like it to be.

I don't have any inside sources or new information, but I have read almost every story written by people who claim to, and my own conclusion is pretty simple. The Eagles didn't cut ties with DeSean Jackson because he associated with known gang members or because he had a "me-first" attitude or because he would lash out at a coach on the sidelines or because he wasn't a leader in the locker room or because he may have gotten pulled over with some pot in his car once or because his salary might outweigh his actual worth on the field or because he posted photos of himself shooting guns, etc. etc.

The Eagles didn't cut ties with DeSean Jackson for any one reason. For Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman, Jeff Lurie and whoever else who was involved in this decision, I believe they simply felt that all of the negative reasons listed above -- however minor they may be taken on their own -- became too much when viewed together and they believed the value Jackson would provide on the football field next season was not worth the headaches associated with him.

For the team to get rid of their most electric wide receiver and get nothing in return means they had to have had their reasons, even if they're not man enough to explicitly state what they were. The DeSean Jackson situation will forever be remembered as a bizarre page in the Chip Kelly story, but it won't be as simple as any one mistake he made ending his time here.

There is no easy answer here.

We've had a weekend to let it sink in. I'm still scratching my head, wondering what we don't really know. But whether right or wrong, I trust Chip Kelly's decision making in the situation. That doesn't mean I won't miss DeSean running deep down the sideline for the Birds next season.

Has anything changed your feelings about DJacc since Friday's news?

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: