It may make Eagles fans feel better to know that they weren't the only ones surprised and confused by the team's release of DeSean Jackson.

The only player on the roster more explosive than Jackson was taken aback himself.

"I heard the rumors, but I was surprised for sure," LeSean McCoy said Thursday at the Call of Duty: Ghosts Celebrity Grudge Match, via FoxSports.

"I mean, [DeSean's] probably one of our biggest playmakers that we had. He can make plays at any given time. He can control the game. He’s probably the biggest deep threat in the NFL. To lose a guy like that is definitely tough. He’ll definitely be missed. Obviously every move is made for a reason.

"The guys upstairs made the decision for a reason. When you do things like that, you have backup plans in your mind. You don’t let one of the top wide receivers go and then not have anything to back it up. I’m sure Coach [Chip] Kelly and Howie [Roseman], they’ll be able to take care of it.”

Helping offset the loss of Jackson will be Darren Sproles, the running back the Eagles acquired from the Saints earlier in the offseason in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The Eagles had three capable running backs last season in McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk, but McCoy accounted for 314 of the 400 rushes by RBs.

Enter Sproles, who is known more for his pass catching than his rushing, but should still lessen Shady's load in 2014.