DeSean Jackson said his relationship with head coach Andy Reid is fine and that he is just looking forward to playing the Texans after a tough loss to the Bears.
Jackson spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since he openly sulked after the Bears loss and was reportedly dressed down by Reid for not giving the coach his full attention. Jackson, however, did nothing to stoke the story.
Are he and Reid OK, Jackson was asked:
"Yeah, we're good," Jackson said.
Do you expect to see a changed DeSean Jackson in Thursday’s game?
|Yes. The lecture from Andy Reid will get him back on track.|
|| 338 (62.5%)
|No. Until he resumes routes across the middle, he’ll be a nonfactor.|
|| 203 (37.5%)
Total votes = 541
He declined to talk about what was said in the locker room after the game.
"I’m not here to talk about any of that. What we talked about in the locker room is between the team," Jackson said.
Jackson didn't answer when asked if he needed to get the ball more, but said he could "care less" when a reporter asked if he wanted to be more involved in the offense.
"I just want to win games, that’s what I’m here for," Jackson said. "As far as anything else, I could care less about it."
Jackson had just two catches against the Bears and has had only seven in the past two games. Asked if he was frustrated, he didn't answer directly:
"I’m here to play football, have fun, go out there and win football games, that’s my job and that’s what I’m here to do," Jackson said.
He spoke to a mob of reporters for about four minutes. Jackson was visibly upset after the Bears game and had animated discussions with Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy in the post-game locker room.
He said his contract situation -- Jackson is still on his second-round rookie deal despite becoming a star -- did not affect his play or mood after the loss.
"That has nothing to do with anything," Jackson said.
Asked about his diminished production, Jackson said opponents have focused on him.
"Teams are trying to do different things to take me away. It's just a part of football. I've just got to go out there and keep working and do what I need to do to continue to be the type of player that I am."
Earlier in the day Reid was effusive in his praise of Jackson, calling him one of the "elite" wide receivers in the NFL.
Reid said Asante Samuel felt "pretty good" this morning after practicing lightly Monday. He said the team would see how Samuel does in today's session.
Defensive end Juqua Parker (hip) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (knee) were both going to miss practice for a second consecutive day.
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