Vaitai, the fifth-round pick replacing Lane Johnson at right tackle for the Eagles against Washington, has the task of trying to protect Wentz and keep the line from unraveling without Johnson.
Jackson turns 30 on December 1 and is still considered among the NFL's top deep threats, which he doesn't see changing for quite some time.
Nearly as surprising as the punctuality was Jackson's willingness to do the call with Philly-area media Wednesday. Some state that Jackson was cut because of gang ties while others state that it was because he was a locker room disturbance going as far as to say that he even cursed out Chip Kelly (which I'm sure other players wanted to do).
"I never really had hard feelings toward Philadelphia, besides being released by whoever released me". But I guess he's not there no more.
"I am still running by guys and haven't lost a step", he said. This is Reed's sixth confirmed concussion since college, and he has yet to play all 16 games in a season with the Redskins.
Maybe, just maybe age, has changed him somewhat. He's also in the past year of his contract and, considering he turns 30 in December, it could be a last huge payday in the NFL.
But then again, these are just based on speculations since the Redskins could decide on offering him a contract extension next year, which is exactly what Jackson is hoping for. "We are all playing on the same page, playing fast, so I've really got to credit all the guys around me that really have just made my job easier". "He's still a major, major threat out there that doesn't go unnoticed by the defense, I promise you that". The key for Vaitai will be to stay low - he has a tendency to play upright, allowing pass rushers to gain leverage on him. It's kind of competitive, too.
"I come to work every day and prepare and get better and better every day".
You can't make this up, Eagles fans.
Bringing Jackson home would be a coup for the Eagles at the right price. The team averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the game, with Darren Sproles going for 45 yards and Ryan Mathews rushing for 42. Flipping sides, the Eagles' offense is eight best and will play against Washington's 23 ranked defensive unit. The emergence of Reed and Crowder has meant fewer opportunities for Jackson, who has become a decoy. "He's always had the speed and still does". "You look at the Cleveland game, he had one catch for five yards but got two pass interference penalties, which was 80 yards of offense".
The idea of Jackson running past defenders downfield catching deep passes from quarterback Carson Wentz is something that would have given opposing defenses nightmares....three years ago. His numbers aren't where he would like them to be or where we would like them to be, but he still has that top-end speed that should scare defenses.
The Eagles have concerns. Kirk Cousins has gotten it together the last three weeks after much of the D.C. area was calling for his head: six touchdowns, two interceptions, and a modest 739 passing yards during this three-game win streak.