Andy Reid defends DeSean Jackson
Eagles coach Andy Reid continued to defend DeSean Jackson on Friday, a day after the receiver was showcased sitting alone during a 31-14 loss at Seattle in which he was limited to four catches for 34 yards.
"You can take a camera and make it look any way you want to make it look," Reid said at a news conference, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I am telling you, that kid was all in last night and wanted to win that game as much as anybody."
After the game, Jackson was peppered with questions about whether he was refusing to talk with teammates during the loss. Reid had also been asked if his team was even invested at this point of the season and if Jackson was essentially a decoy.
But Reid was emphatic Friday.
"There was nothing on the sidelines, no commotion with him and Vince," Reid said, referring to quarterback Vince Young. "There is nothing there. Nothing."
The game's telecast on the NFL Network also showed a sideline shot of Young talking to Jackson, who appeared to be uninterested in the conversation.
"I am not sure they know who's talking to who and so on and what the conversation is about," Reid said. "Not knowing the language, I don't know how you are able to go into that stuff ... This is petty stuff."
Making his third straight start in place of Michael Vick and his two broken ribs, Young couldn't find the same magic he did in the 2006 Rose Bowl, when he led Texas to an upset of Pete Carroll and USC.
Still, Philadelphia pulled within 24-14 early in the fourth quarter when Young led a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ate up more than 10 minutes of the clock.
But the drive was keyed by LeSean McCoy and the Eagles' ground game. McCoy finished with 84 yards on 17 carries and added another four catches for 49 yards.
"It's ridiculous to have this much talent and be where we are," Philadelphia offensive lineman Evan Mathis said after the game.
Jackson reportedly had been seen before the game with the Eagles' defensive line instead of with the receiving corps.
"I don't care about all that," Reid said. "I just care the kid goes out and plays."
Reid pinned Jackson's production this season on the attention opponents have been paying him.
"That kid was all in and I was very proud of him," Reid said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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