Philadelphia Eagles Draft Rumors: DeSean Jackson Supports Michael Vick as Geno Smith Top Target for Team

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Apr 11, 2013 01:23 PM EDT
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.(Photo : Reuters ) "

The Philadelphia Eagles have had an eventful offseason to say the least. When the Eagles take the field in the upcoming season, they will look different in more ways than one. The tem brought in Chip Kelly to take over as head coach while losing key defensive and offensive line players. The Eagles also re-signed quarterback Michael Vick to presumably remain the starting quarterback of the team. As they prepare to begin offseason workouts, receiver DeSean Jackson is voicing his support for the team and the changes made.

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With Kelly comes a new style of offseason that many of the Eagles players are not used to seeing.

"Chip Kelly has come in and installed energy in this building, determination and hard work. I haven't done some of these workouts that we're doing since college. They're up-tempo, very fast, we get in and we get it done. When we're in this building, we're 100 miles per hour running," Jackson told NFL.com.

It is no secret that Kelly ran one of the fastest offenses while the head coach at Oregon, something he intends on bringing into the NFL. Vick is the presumed leader of the new offense since he best fits Kelly's favored style of quarterback. However, the team does have Nick Foles who showed success last year and they are targeting Geno Smith in the upcoming draft.  Jackson believes Vick will come out and prove doubters wrong.

"Actually, me and Michael Vick were talking about that in the weight room just the other day. You know, Mike Vick is at the point in his career, he's 32, getting a one-year contract, he has a lot to go out there and prove. And at the same time, he understands it's a business and the organization is going to do whatever they have to do to make it work," Jackson said.

In multiple mock drafts, experts have the Eagles drafting Smith with the No.4 overall pick. He would be expected to compete for the starting quarterback job right away, leaving uncertainty at the position. The team was hesitant on signing Vick to his current contract due to injuries have plagued a lot of his time in Philadelphia. Jackson believes it will be a different Vick this season.

It is not expected that Smith would get the start of Vick, but with Kelly anything is possible. Both quarterbacks are very mobile and can operate a read-option offense. If Smith does find his way into Philly, he will certainly up the competition. 

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