Reid's postgame explanation was simple.
"I just wanted to give the other guys an opportunity," Reid told reporters.
Jackson dropped what should have been a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and then let a second potential touchdown on a deep pass from Vince Young go through his hands during the third quarter.
"Things happen sometimes," Jackson said, per the team's official website. "As a player, honestly, you're upset when you drop passes like I did tonight. Sometimes you have a bad game, and tonight definitely wasn't my best game. There were a couple of plays I thought I should have made, but didn't. I know I'm a better receiver than that."
Jackson, who finished with four receptions for 73 yards, said he understood Reid's decision.
"It was the decision that was made and, as a player, I have to live with it," said Jackson. "Whatever happens, happens. I just have to come back to work and make up for the plays I missed today.
"We're all human. It's all about what you do when bad things happen. ... As a professional, I need to bounce back. We need to do what we need to do to win games. This has been very frustrating. We never dreamed we'd be 4-7 at this point in the season."
Jackson's season has been full of drama from the start. The two-time Pro Bowl selection, in the final season of his rookie contract, has been public about his desire for a new deal. He was also benched for a game two weeks ago after missing a team meeting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.