Franchise quarterback Michael Vick looked pedestrian once more against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, of course it didn’t help his cause that he was without starting receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
Maclin left the game twice with shoulder and hamstring injuries and was limited to two catches for six yards. Jackson wasn’t even active as head coach Andy Reid held the two-time Pro Bowl receiver out for missing a meeting earlier in the week.
“I thought it was the right thing to do,” Reid said. “He needs to step back and make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
On Monday, Jackson spoke to his teammates and then the media for the first time about his benching.
“I kind of just explained to them the things I’ve been going through — really me not being myself, it being hard for me to come to work and be happy,” Jackson said. “I addressed it as a professional, as a man. I know what I need to do to continue to kind of better myself and to put me in the best position possible for my career. I just hope everybody can kind of understand and see where I was coming from, but I’ll say whatever happened happened. It was deserving and we learn from it as an athlete and as a businessman.”
Jackson has been maddeningly inconsistent for the Eagles this season and has just two touchdowns and 503 yards on 29 receptions — not ideal numbers for a player looking to cash in after a contract year.
He ended a training camp holdout after 11 days and hasn’t been vocal about Vick getting a massive long-term deal while he remains in limbo. But the missed meeting wasn’t the first for Jackson, and his behavior doesn’t appear to be sitting well with Reid as the Eagles continue to struggle to approach their sky-high preseason expectations.