|Jackson has Vick's back. (AP)|
Last week, President Barack Obama had a simple message for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick: please slide. It's not an original suggestion since Vick is both undersized by NFL quarterback standards, and his style often lands him on the wrong end of huge hits.
It's a style that forced Vick to miss seven games since 2010 and prompted him to blast the officiating early last season. Well, there's some good news: And now, it appears, he has gotten the message.
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Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson explains:
"I think (Vick's) caught on man, I don't think he wants to take them hits and I don't think he wants to be hurt no more this year," he said on Thursday's NFL AM. "Sometimes when he gets hit or sometimes when he runs I get mad because a lot of times because he doesn't know how to protect himself. This year, Obama, you know everybody has been on him."
Coach Andy Reid's has even designed plays that call for Vick to slide, Jackson said. (Hey, it's the least Reid can do; Vick saved his job, after all.)
In other Eagles-related news, Vick drew criticism recently for suggesting that he thinks Philly could be a dynasty. He later stood by those remarks (Reid didn't have a problem with them either), and now we can add Jackson to the club.
"I'm going to back my quarterback up at any given time," he said. "I feel the team we have here, we have a very explosive team, with the offense and the couple additions to the defense this year."
Looking past Vince Young's "Dream Team" comments from a year ago -- and the subsequent disappointment of an 8-8 season -- it's not unreasonable to think that the Eagles could win the NFC East, especially if Vick takes fewer direct hits.
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