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McCoy surprised Jackson cut, says Eagles have 'big shoes to fill'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

LeSean McCoy admits to being surprised DeSean Jackson was cut. (USATSI)
LeSean McCoy admits to being surprised DeSean Jackson was cut. (USATSI)

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The Eagles have yet to explain why they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has since signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Redskins, but running back LeSean McCoy admitted Saturday that Jackson's absence will be a huge loss for Philadelphia's offense.

"It's a surprise for sure," McCoy told the the Philadelphia Daily News regarding Jackson's release. "Anybody that tells you they're happy about it, I don't know how honest that would be. It is a surprise. You've heard so much, you don't really know (what's true). 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.

"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's release coincided with a NJ.com report that said Jackson had gang ties. Jackson, the Los Angeles Police Dept. and former high school teachers and coaches all refuted the story.

There was also speculation that Jackson and coach Chip Kelly butted heads and that Jackson allegedly cursed Kelly out in front of the team.

"I've never seen that," McCoy said. "I've never seen the two of them get into it. Coach Kelly, the good thing I'll say about him is, he's understanding. If you have an issue or a problem, he seems to always work it out."

Now the Eagles' offense moves forward without Jackson, one of the league's most dynamic receivers. What does McCoy think this offense will look like?

"I wish I knew," he said. "Like I said, I'm sure (GM) Howie (Roseman) and the guys have something up their sleeve. You make a move like that, they obviously know something. I have my trust in them. The team they've put together so far, bringing in (Darren) Sproles, making different moves, signing guys, they know what they're doing. I just think, losing DeSean, there's definitely some big shoes to fill."

As it stands, quarterback Nick Foles has receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin and, well, that's about it. It's why the team will almost certainly target a wideout early in next month's draft. In case you're wondering, three of the five CBSSports.com mock-draft experts have Philly taking either Odell Beckham Jr. or Brandin Cooks with the No. 22 pick.

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