DeSean Jackson still reveling in Giant rally

Jason Hirschfeld / For the Daily News
Jason Hirschfeld / For the Daily News
Posted: December 22, 2010

DeSean Jackson said it was "almost unbelievable still, to realize that we came back from being down three to 24," speaking 2 days after his 65-yard game-ending punt return gave the Eagles a 38-31 victory over the host New York Giants.

Jackson, appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, was asked about fumbling the ball and having to pick it up to start his return.

"I think it froze a lot of people," Jackson said. "Everybody was coming down so fast and just trying make a big play . . . when I dropped the ball and tried to go right, I couldn't go right, and I just looked back left and there was a huge crease. I looked up and Jason Avant made a huge block" on long snapper Zak DeOssie, the last defender who really had an angle, at about the Giants' 40. "That's something we love to do, go out there and make it look like a video game."

Jackson reiterated that he was making sure the clock had expired, when he ran parallel to the goal line at the end of his return, but he acknowledged he was "trying to think about doing something crazy, but I just kind of kept it clean out there."

Jackson said that quarterback Michael Vick has "taken a lot of leadership here; everybody's looking at him, he's being accountable . . . that's what you look for in your quarterback. Everything he has going for him this year, he deserves it all. I'm just blessed to be able to play with him."

Roster moves

The Eagles made some roster moves, first placing safety Nate Allen on injured reserve, as expected, then jettisoning tight end Garrett Mills, before promoting defensive tackle Jeff Owens and safety Jamar Wall from the practice squad.

Former practice-squadder Jamar Adams will take one of the practice-squad spots. Mills probably will take the other, if he clears waivers, since the Eagles have only two tight ends, Brent Celek and Clay Harbor.

The Birds promoted Mills in Week 2 after rookie Harbor had a tough time in the season opener. But Harbor gained confidence in the offense, and Mills has been inactive the last six games. His departure from the active roster was not a surprise.

Wall has spent the last 11 weeks on the Eagles' practice squad.

Owens was a seventh-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2010 and has spent the entire season on the team's practice squad. He thought he was coming up when Brodrick Bunkley suffered an elbow injury at San Francisco Oct. 10, but Bunkley was less seriously hurt than the Eagles initially feared. There's no reason to bring him up right now unless Mike Patterson's knee injury, suffered against the Giants, is a bigger deal than Andy Reid made it sound when he spoke with reporters Monday.

Adams spent 1 week on the Eagles practice squad after signing with the team on Sept. 22.

Allen had successful surgery to repair his ruptured right patella tendon, the Eagles said. The surgery was performed by team physician Peter DeLuca of the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.

Also, as expected, defensive end Brandon Graham underwent surgery yesterday to repair his torn ACL in Birmingham, Ala. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

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