Sunday, October 6, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the Philadelphia Eagles' 36-21 victory over the winless New York Giants:
Stumbled, humbled. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks intercepted the first pass of his NFL career. He probably should have scored his first touchdown, as well. But Kendrick lost his footing a little bit and was tripped up from behind by Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. It must be noted that Jacobs is not exactly the speediest runner in football. "I know I'm faster than him, he knows I'm faster than him," Kendricks said, shaking his head in disbelief. "He got me, though." Kendricks had an ice pack on his knee, but said that was unrelated: "I just got cut [blocked] a little bit," he said.
Blur defense. Brandon Boykin wasn't able to break down his interception quite as well. The slot corner was matched up with Victor Cruz in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning threw the ball for Cruz. Boykin lunged, got a hand on it and somehow managed to get control of the ball before hitting the ground. The play was reviewed by the officials and confirmed as an interception. "It happened too fast," Boykin said. "When I felt it, I just tried to establish possession. A lot of times, if it's a tie, they give it to the receiver."
5-for-5. Kicker Alex Henery missed a field goal in each of the Eagles' three losses. All were from the mid-40s. Coach Chip Kelly had expressed confidence in Henery all along, but the questions were different after Henery hit five kicks from 40, 27, 29, 36 and 41 yards. The last one gave the Eagles a 22-21 lead late in the third quarter. "I think myself and him were the most surprised with the three misses that he had this year," Kelly said.
Familiar face(mask). The Eagles faced a third-and-2 situation early in the third quarter. LeSean McCoy got the carry and headed toward the right side. He was met by a Giants defensive lineman who wrapped him up and dropped him for a 6-yard loss. It was Mike Patterson, McCoy's teammate for the first four years of his Eagles career. "I messed with him," McCoy said. "Even though he made the stop, I messed with him. He's just a Giant now."