DeSean Jackson will joined an NFC East rival after being cut by the Eagles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

Philadelphia Eagles players presented a united front when the team was questioned for releasing DeSean Jackson, who promptly signed with an NFC East rival.

But LeSean McCoy broke free a bit, saying at a youth clinic Saturday morning that, “It’s a surprise for sure. Anybody that tells you they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be,” he said (via Shiel Kapadia on Birds 24/7). It is a surprise.”

Jackson was released hours after an report that alleged he had gang ties, which he denied. Within days, he was a member of the Washington Redskins.

“You’ve heard so much, you don’t really know [what’s true],” McCoy said. “Not playing with him is definitely going to be different. Playing against him is really going to be different … It’s some big shoes to fill. DeSean’s by far one of the biggest playmakers in the game, and the biggest deep threat there is in the game. Some big shoes to fill, for sure.

“Then again, the front office, they obviously know what they’re doing. You make a move like that, you obviously have something up your sleeve, where you know you can get something that’s similar or even better.”

Jackson was asked about a a CBS Philly report that Coach Chip Kelly was often angry at Jackson and cursed at him in front of the team. “I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen them two really get into it. Coach Kelly, the good thing I will say about him is he’s understanding. So if there’s ever an issue or problem, he seems to always work it out.”