September 27 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“It was as if Darryl Tapp had been shot out of a cannon after sitting inside the barrel for two weeks.
After not dressing for the first two games, the defensive end recorded his first sack of the season on the Eagles defense’s first series Sunday against the Jaguars.
Tapp, who was part of defensive-line rotation that corralled Jacksonville all game, sacked David Garrard on the seventh play. He recorded only one other tackle in the game, but set the tone in a 28-3 victory that was important for a defense that struggled in the first two weeks.
So why didn’t Tapp play until Game 3?
“You leave the master plan up to the coaches,” he said. “That’s all you can do. Let them take care of it. And I got an opportunity, and I took care of it.”
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said the reason was partly because Tapp, acquired in a trade in March, was still adapting to his defense.
Tapp essentially replaced pass-rushing defensive end Antwan Barnes, who was not active.
“We put Tapp up for this game, and what that allowed us to do was have a guy that could also stop the run and the pass,” coach Andy Reid said. “We were able to get a little better rotation with that.”
It also helped free up defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who notched his first career sack in the third quarter.
“I knew I’ve been close the last couple of weeks,” Laws said, “so hopefully I’ll keep getting them.”
The Eagles‘ top draft pick in 2008, Laws didn’t contribute much in his first two seasons. But he’s getting more time each week playing in the Eagles‘ nickel scheme.
Laws said being completely healthy had helped his maturation.
“I think it was actually going through my whole first camp healthy, coming into this season healthy,” Laws said.”
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