McCoy concedes it will be strange to play against his friend.
Philadelphia Eagles star LeSean McCoy offered support to his former teammate DeSean Jackson, and moved to dismiss various stories surrounding his departure.
McCoy was speaking to Eagles reporters after a youth clinic on Saturday, and conceded that the organisation has “big shoes to fill” after releasing Jackson while he also admitted that it will be strange to be on the opposite side of the field to his friend.
The Eagles released Jackson in a controversial move last month, and while the official line from the franchise was that they had reservations over his “work ethic and attitude”, reports emerged in the media that Jackson had gang ties in Los Angeles.
In addition, other reports suggested that Jackson was a problem in the locker room and that he had issues not only with his teammates but also coach Chip Kelly.
“I don’t know how honest that would be,” McCoy said, as reported by ESPN.
“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. 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…”
McCoy insisted that he wasn’t sure why the Eagles ultimately decided to release Jackson, but insists that he never witnessed any problems with coach Kelly as the latter has a talent of being able to “always work it out”.
“I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen the two of them get into it,” McCoy added. “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.”
Nevertheless, McCoy revealed that he has spoken to Jackson since he joined the Washington Redskins and has a mixture of emotions over the deal, but while there is both hurt and happiness, he maintains that while he wants the best for his friend he will be completely focused on beating the Redskins when the time comes.