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DeSean Jackson on Michael Vick: He’s Still ‘Elite’ Quarterback

Michael Vick is an “elite” quarterback and there will be no change at the position. At least that’s the view of Philadelphia Eagles’ receive DeSean Jackson.

“As far as I know right now, Michael Vick is going to be the quarterback,” Jackson said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “I haven’t heard of changes or anything like that, so we’re still going with the plan.”

The Eagles are 3-4 and Vick had said Sunday after the Eagles’ 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that coach Andy Reid was considering making a change at quarterback, and that he might be benched in favor of rookie Nick Foles.

Jackson sees it differently.

“You can’t never blame it on one man,” Jackson said. “There’s been turnovers and things like that, but as far as Michael Vick and what he’s capable of doing, I think he’s still an elite quarterback in this football league.”

Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on the final drive the first two games of the season. But he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles in 2009. He’s coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.

He is ranked 18th in ESPN’s quarterback ratings with a Total QBR of 55.3.

Vick said after Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Falcons: “Whatever decision Coach makes, I support it. The thing I know is, I’m giving it everything I’ve got out there when I step on the field. Deep down, as long as I know I’m doing that, giving it everything, that’s all I can ask out of myself.”

Reid postponed his weekly news conference Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.

But league sources told ESPN on that Vick does not believe he deserves to be benched and is upset at the idea of it. The sources said that supporting Reid’s decision should not be confused with happily accepting a decision to start Foles.

Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and players who didn’t make a roster.

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