Eagles Notes: Young stands firm on his remarks

"My words always get taken out of context," Vince Young said Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
"My words always get taken out of context," Vince Young said Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Posted: August 23, 2011

Vince Young said that he had no regrets about calling the Eagles a "Dream Team," even though the quarterback said that his comments were taken out of context.

"That's pretty much how it goes with Vince Young," he said Monday at the NovaCare Complex. "My words always get taken out of context."

Asked July 30, a day after he signed a free-agent contract, about the roster the Eagles were assembling after a number of high-profile moves, Young made the remark. National media outlets picked up on the comment - some even making the claim that the Eagles were referring to themselves as the "Dream Team" - and the story went viral.

A few coaches and players from other teams made light of the premise, and Young faced criticism from some corners for comparing the Eagles with the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

"That's just how I feel," Young said when he was asked if he regretted making the statement. "I don't care what nobody else says, that's how I feel about the guys here. . . . You can't tell me not what to say."

Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked about Young's most recent comments during his radio show on WIP-AM (610).

"The bottom line is you got to go play," Reid said. "And so if he's feeling the dream then he can do his little dream thing. Personally, I like Vince Young. I really like him. I like the way he's handling himself and doing the things he's doing."

Reid, owner Jeffrey Lurie, team president Joe Banner and pretty much every Eagles player has done their best to distance themselves from any "Dream Team" comparisons.

"It's just basically what I mean," Young said. "We do have some really talented guys, and I feel like if we continue to keep working and taking care of our responsibilities and finish like a team like we want to finish, I feel like that's pretty much how I called it.

"How everybody want to take it, that's how everybody is going to take it. Just how the Miami Heat was - them guys ended up being in the NBA Finals."

Young said that no one within the Eagles organization has talked to him about the comment and that he has not received any ribbing from other players and former teammates from around the NFL.

"Nobody around here really talking about it," Young said. "It's just mostly outside this locker room."

How much for Jackson

If Larry Fitzgerald is worth a reported $120 million over eight years, how much is DeSean Jackson worth?

A few days after Fitzgerald signed the largest contract in league history at his position, Jackson - also in search of a new contract - was asked if a comparison could be made between the two Pro Bowl wide receivers.

"He's been in the league, of course, a longer time than me," Jackson said. "It's his third deal. As far as him being a different player than myself and to compare us and what type of receivers we are - he's a totally different receiver than I am."

Fitzgerald is about to enter his eighth season. Over the last three seasons, he has averaged 93 catches for 1,220 yards, 13.1 yards a catch and 10 receiving TDs. Jackson is entering his fourth season and averaged 57 catches, 1,041 yards, 18.3 yards a catch and 6 TDs over the same span three-year span as Fitzgerald.

"He's a good player. He's one of the top receivers in the NFL, like myself," Jackson said. "But, money-wise or stats-wise I won't compare none of that stuff."

Jackson held out 11 days from training camp in the hopes of getting a new contract. He is slated to earn $600,000 in base salary in the last year of a four-year deal. Asked if negotiations for an extension have started, Jackson said, "We don't know yet."

Extra points

Tackle Ryan Harris (back spasms), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (back spasms), defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hip), defensive end Juqua Parker (calf) and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (hamstring) did not practice. . . . Tackle Todd Herremans left practice after dislocating his finger but should be OK, the Eagles said. . . . Brandon Graham (knee) said that he would remain on the physically unable to perform List for the start of the season. The defensive end would then not be eligible to return until Game 7, at the earliest. . . . Reid did not rule out defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who suffered a seizure almost three weeks ago, playing in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns. . . . Reid said that his starters would play the first half, maybe into third quarter and possibly the entire third quarter on Thursday. . . . Brad Childress, the former Eagles offensive coordinator and Vikings head coach, observed practice on Monday. Childress is currently not coaching.

Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745, jmclane@phillynews.com or @Jeff_McLane on Twitter.

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