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Eagles S Kurt Coleman

Eagles S Kurt Coleman

December 23:

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Coleman very comfortable stepping in as starting safety

December 23 Philadelphia Daily News:

Kurt Coleman shot through the gap. He hit a startled Ahmad Bradshaw, who dropped like a stone 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

That forced the Giants to pass, which led to a fumble, which led to the Eagles’ first touchdown.

None of which happens, perhaps, if the Eagles‘ seventh-round rookie safety didn’t play with the confidence of the second-rounder he replaced.

Nate Allen’s fine rookie season ended Sunday when he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee. Allen underwent successful surgery Tuesday.

Coleman took over Allen’s job yesterday – or, really, Sunday, after Allen left the game. No one noticed a big dropoff.

“It’s not such a huge step for him because he’s been out there,” strong safety Quintin Mikell said. “Having him do spot duty is a lot better; a little taste, and a little taste, not everything all at once. It’s not going to be such a huge step for him.”

“I feel comfortable out there. Very comfortable,” Coleman said.

He should.

Coleman replaced Allen against the Colts when Allen injured his neck, then started in place of Allen the next week at Washington, where he intercepted a pass from Donovan McNabb. Coleman has since been a part of the Eagles‘ occasional three-safety looks and remains a special-teams standout.

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Jackson not concerned about records

December 23 Camden Courier-Post:

DeSean Jackson’s game-winning punt return against the Giants on Sunday was the fourth touchdown return of his three-year career.

But the Pro Bowl wideout and return specialist isn’t chasing the mountaintop.

“Nah, man, I don’t play the game to go out and break people’s records,” Jackson said Wednesday when asked about the NFL record for touchdown returns, held by Chicago Bears receiver and returner Devin Hester.

Hester took a punt back 64 yards against the Vikings on Monday night for his 14th touchdown return, breaking the record formerly held by Brian Mitchell.

Mitchell, who played for the Redskins, Eagles and Giants in a 14-year career, had 13 returns for touchdowns, four of them while playing in Philadelphia from 2000-02.

“I play to have fun,” Jackson continued. “Not to say that he’s not doing a great job because he’s obviously a great returner, but I’m focused on more of stuff that I have to do. I’m not trying to catch nobody else.”

By “stuff,” Jackson presumably meant his chores as a wide receiver, which he clearly prioritizes over his return skills.

When asked why he’s not targeting Hester’s return record, Jackson flipped the question and wondered why Hester isn’t asked about matching Jackson’s skills as a receiver?

“Everybody’s wondering about his record — ask him who’s a better receiver,” Jackson said.

Jackson, whose 1,024 receiving yards this season ranks seventh in the NFL, has cracked the 1,000-yard barrier in consecutive seasons. He also has six touchdowns this season and an NFL-best 22.8 yards-per-catch average.”

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Better late than never for Justice in return to Eagles lineup

December 23 Philadelphia Daily News:

WINSTON JUSTICE will return and start at right tackle Sunday night.

King Dunlap kept his seat warm, nicely – a role Dunlap now has played twice.

On Tuesday, Justice worked out with assistant strength coach Eugene Chung to determine if Justice finally could stand up to a bull rush.

Justice passed that test.

“He had lateral quickness before. It was just being able to plant on it for the run game and the bull rush. And he’s good to go,” said coach Andy Reid. “King did a heck of a job. King’s really coming off of two very, very good games against good players, so that’s a nice situation to have right there.”

“I thought I was OK before,” Justice grumbled.

Now that he has a job, Justice is territorial.

Justice inherited his job last year when the Shawn Andrews Experience went bad. He played remarkably well, perhaps better than any lineman who played the whole season. Justice’s value only increased when the Eagles took the starting quarterback job from righthanded Kevin Kolb and gave it to lefty Michael Vick after seven games. It meant that Justice would be protecting Vick’s blind side.

There was considerable consternation, then, when Justice hyperextended his knee late in a win over Houston on Dec. 2. The Eagles knew he would miss a couple of games – crucial NFC East games against the Cowboys and Giants. Dunlap, a left tackle at Auburn, had started twice in October in place of left tackle Jason Peters.

No problem.

The Eagles won both games. Against vicious defensive lines, Vick was sacked five times . . . but he threw five touchdown passes.”

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Eagles cornerback Patterson won’t back down despite troubles in Giants game

December 23 Philadelphia Daily News:

“Cornerback is not a place for brooding introspection.

Dimitri Patterson can count. He knows he gave up three touchdowns in the first half of last Sunday’s Eagles-Giants game, a spectacularly, memorably, wretched performance.

Patterson also knows he has to line up again this week against the Vikings, and he can’t do that with trepidation.

“I play a position of exposure, in a scheme where the magnifier is on you,” Patterson said yesterday. “I play in a predominately man-to-man coverage scheme . . . If you’re not mentally tough, you won’t last one series in this defense, it’s as simple as that. You’re going to have some good plays, you’re going to have some bad plays, but the bottom line is, you’re going to have to continue playing throughout. It’s a four-quarter game, and when the clock ticks zero, where are you?

“I play opposite Asante [Samuel], so naturally, I’m going to get the majority of the work, and I embrace that. I thank my coaching staff for keeping me in those same situations. We came out in the second half and stayed with man-to-man, there wasn’t any help over the top, and I came out in the second half and showed [I could do the job].”

Patterson figures the Giants saw him jump a route and intercept a pass at a key moment the week before at Dallas, his fourth pick of the season.

“What I put on film, teams are going to scout that,” he said. “What I put on film up to that point was that I was an aggressive player who likes to run in on the ball. How do you counteract an aggressive player? Well, you double-move him. You try to loosen him up, so he won’t be so aggressive.”

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