Reid Looking Forward To Kansas City
By Lance Epstein
In two days, the Philadelphia Eagles will play their third and perhaps most meaningful preseason game of the season. On Friday, the Eagles will travel to Kansas Cit to play at one of the loudest arenas in the league.
Head Coach Andy Reid knows that this is going to be a challenge for his starters, who he said are expected to play three quarters against the Chiefs. The challenge for Kevin Kolb and his peers is not only to deal with crowd noise, but respond by putting points up on the board.
Reid believes that this type of atmosphere will help the Eagles during the regular season, where they have to go on the road and play Dallas, New York and Washington. Each of those teams have stadiums that hold more than 80 thousands screaming fans.
Additionally, Reid talked about backup tight end Cornelius Ingram receiving an MRI this afternoon, Max Jean-Gilles taking Stacy Andrews’ snaps away and his premiere wide receiver Desean Jackson.
Here are his press conference quotes:
"(TE) Cornelius Ingram did not practice today and he had some swelling in his knee, so we kept him out. He'll have an MRI on his knee later this afternoon. (DE) Juqua Parker didn't practice with the ankle sprain. (DE) Victor Abiamiri didn't practice. (K) David Akers didn't practice, but he should be able to play in the game. (C/G) Nick Cole didn't practice and (CB) David Pender didn't practice.
"All-in-all it was a good practice today and we look forward to going to Kansas City. We were able to work on some noise today with the offense. (QB) Kevin Kolb hasn't had the opportunity to do that; both of his games last year were home games. So, he probably needed a little bit of work there. It might not be that loud this trip. However, Kansas City is one of the louder places in the league to play. Surely during the year we'll be in some places where this will pay off for us."
On if injured players whom didn’t practice will play on Friday:
"Yes. And the ones will go three quarters and the twos will go the fourth quarter."
On CB David Pender's injury:
"Pender has an illness."
On RB Mike Bell playing after missing the first two preseason games with a leg injury:
"Bell will play."
On what he is looking for with Bell:
"I am, yeah. I'm looking forward to seeing both he and (G/T) Todd (Herremans) really have a chance to do their thing."
On why he likes Bell:
"He's obviously a good runner. He's a very powerful, strong, physical runner. He's got good feet and vision, and catches the ball well, so those are the things that fit into this offense well, and in this day and age in the National Football League you need two or three of those guys, running backs I'm saying, as you work through the year."
On why Ingram is having an MRI:
"He just has some swelling there. It's just precautionary measures."
On Ingram’s calf swelling:
"Yeah. The fluid from the knee has drained down to the calf. And normally with those you just work it and it works its way out. It's bothering him, so we're going to get it checked out."
On the tight end position and being comfortable with it:
"I would say that I wish Cornelius could be out there and doing his thing, and his leg wasn't bothering him. I would tell you on the other hand that it's given (TE) Clay Harbor an opportunity to be out there and get a lot of reps and that that second tight end plays approximately twenty five percent of the plays max in our offense. What he's doing with the increase playtime, is he's getting better. Every day he takes another step forward. He's made some nice plays in practice. Now, we've got to get him the ball in the game and see how he does there."
On Todd Herremans starting:
"Todd will start."
On Herremans playing three quarters:
"We'll see. I don't know yet. I just have to keep my eye on him."
On G Max Jean-Gilles playing both LG and RG:
"That's what we've done in the past with him. So, when Todd was healthy, he just played both sides. So, he can go in either spot. We're going to give the ones an opportunity to be in there, but at the same time we might get Max more at either guard. Somewhere he has to get in for Todd, I'm sure. "
On Jean-Gilles pushing Andrews for the starting right guard position:
"Not necessarily. I've mentioned this before, as long as Andrews continues to improve, he'll be that guy, and he's been doing that every day."
On the Chiefs game being an opportunity to play the rookies with the ones more often:
"Well, there are going to be some rookies that start. (DE) Brandon Graham will start, as will (S) Nate Allen. (DE) Daniel Te'o-Nesheim will be in there in nickel situations. Then, we'll get into our rotations where the guys, in particular the defensive line, that first group that had the whole duration of the time and the one's that have been out there, we'll get into more of a game situation where we rotate those guys."
On promoting Graham to the starting lineup:
"Well, he was playing well. We just thought it was time to do that. I will tell you this, Parker, I think has had an outstanding camp too. So, this is a good situation and we're going to use Parker in a lot of plays out there."
On moving Graham into the starting LDE role had to do more with the Eagles future:
"Listen, all of those guys are going to play. We need all of them. I'm not going to sit here and slight Parker, because he's had a very good camp, but Graham's playing well so we're giving him the opportunity to step in and play, and start and then Parker will spot him there."
On the significance of capping of drives with touchdowns in the third preseason game:
"I think it's important. I would tell you that when you get into the red zone, you want to score. We try to do that in the preseason with a limited package, but at the same time you if execute, you score. I've mentioned this before, so I'll mention it again here, we did get it in the end zone this last time, and then we had the penalty, so we have to clean that up, and make sure we take care of business there. I think our guys have the confidence that'll it'll get done, whether it is now or during the season."
On pumping in crowd noise during practice helps the team for the Kansas City:
"Well, we don't do it necessarily for the defense as much as for the offense. It's good work for the guys to go through and be able to execute the offense when it's loud."
On C Jamaal Jackson after seeing him after multiple practices:
"I like what I see. He's moving around well. Strong for what we've asked him to do. We're just taking it nice and slow, but the things we've asked him to do, I think he's looked very well."
On using WR DeSean Jackson as a punt returner and CB Ellis Hobbs as a kick returner:
"I'm working through that now."
On the players on the fringe of being cut and the importance of the third preseason game for them:
"They're not going to get as many reps of what they have in the past. The fourth quarter will be theirs, and we'll use it as part of the evaluation. The problem is it's just a short period of time. Next week they'll get plenty of time to play."
On if the fourth preseason game is more significant for the bubble players:
"You can't go into the game thinking like that. You go in, because those guys might have to play in this game, so every rep that they get they've got to be ready to go. You saw how our practice was set up, it's a good question, because the way we set the practices up the ones get the majority of the reps, and they're going to play the majority of the time. The thing I've told the young guys and the guys that aren't with that first group that you've got to stay focused in on the game plan. You don't know if somebody goes down and you're in the game, and then when it gets to the fourth quarter you want to be productive and win the game. You've got to be able to limit your mistakes and play good football when you get out there."
On CB Macho Harris playing more this game:
"Yeah, Macho will have a chance to play in this game."
On CB Dimitri Patterson role for Friday:
"Dimitri will have a chance. He'll be in the game somewhere here at some point, yeah. Just to add on to what (defensive coordinator) Sean (McDermott) said, he has done a nice job, he's worked very hard, and he worked very hard in the offseason. Not only in the weight room and out on the field, but also in the classroom."
On the Eagles players making his job hard to pick the 53-man roster:
"They've worked very hard. I think there's great competition as some of those spots there and that's what (GM) Howie Roseman and I try to do, is bring people in here that can compete, and Howie's always talking about you bring in guys that are starters. Now, they may not be a starter this year, maybe next year, or the following year after that, but you don't bring in guys that are backup players, you try to strive to bring in guys that have the opportunity to play. With that philosophy, it creates great competition and makes our job hard in a few days here."