DeSean Jackson stood by the comment he made over a week ago that he thought Michael Vick wasn't "as comfortable as he usually is" running the Eagles offense.
Some interpreted the wide receiver's response, given when he was asked by NFL Network about the quarterback, as Jackson criticizing Vick.
"I just stated what it was. I'm real and I can do that," Jackson said Friday. "I feel like as long as I've been here and done what I've done for the city, I [could say] he wasn't comfortable in the pocket because of blitzes and certain things.
"It's nothing bad against him, it's just him seeing a lot of different crazy things. That's something we have to do as a team, coaches and with the scheme to make sure he's comfortable."
Jackson made his original comment before the Eagles lost to the Saints, 28-13, on Monday night. Vick completed 22 of 41 passes for 272 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception in New Orleans, but he was under constant duress mostly because of the issues on the offensive line.
In a separate interview last week with The Inquirer, Jackson gave backup Nick Foles a vote of confidence and said that he thought the rookie quarterback would be ready if needed. But he also maintained his allegiance to Vick as he did again this Friday.
"Yeah, definitely," Jackson said. "It's just been times when there's been some things he's struggled with. But as a professional he knows what he needs to do, and I think he'll get it done."
Vick may be running out of time to get it done. The closer the Eagles get to being eliminated from playoff contention the closer Andy Reid will be forced to go with Foles.
The 3-5 Eagles host the 3-5 Cowboys on Sunday. The Eagles swept Dallas last season. Jackson has had some memorable games against the NFC East rival. He's also been shut down by the Cowboys in several meetings.
Jackson, who leads the Eagles with 37 catches for 624 yards, is on pace to set career marks in both categories. He hasn't dropped a pass all season. He said he isn't concerned with individual accolades, however, and just wants to end the Eagles' four-game losing streak.
"We're just trying to win games, bro, that's all," Jackson said. "That's all that matters to me right now. You can't worry about anything else. We got to worry about our job, working hard and winning."